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Bikepacking adventures in the Netherlands – ORTLIEB Escape Routes

Belén Castelló

Bikepacking adventures in the Netherlands – ORTLIEB Escape Routes

Bike Touring Collection by ORTLIEB waterproof



77:54 h

629 mi

5,975 ft

Once you've experienced a real bikepacking adventure, you can't get away from it. For ORTLIEB ambassadors Martine Hofstede, Belén Castelló and Tristan Bogaard, that’s certainly true. Before the corona pandemic, they were touring all over the world. Now, they inspire us that there are real adventures to be had in the Netherlands, too. In this Collection, we show you their favourite Tours. You can follow the routes yourself or use them as inspiration to create your very own Escape Routes.

With their gorgeous photos, Tristan and Belén show you the Netherlands’ true beauty – in all weathers and seasons. Having had to take a break from their international bikepacking adventures, they’re now discovering Dutch terrain (again). The cycling photographer and author duo captures the northern provinces in an impressive way. Thanks to the practical ORTLIEB bikepacking bags, they could carry everything they needed with them. Equipped with snacks, an extra layer of clothing, and their cameras, they could ride on for a few more miles. They completed their loop of the North Holland coast with a lap of Texel island. And, they rounded off the 216-kilometre (134-mile) Winter Noord Tour with a tasty serving of fries.

Heading south, it's Martine who provides the inspiration. After wonderful bike trips in Asia and Europe, she now rides mostly on Brabant gravel. Creating the ultimate gravel Tour has become a real passion for Martine. Luckily for us, she is sharing it with the same passion. Her four Tours (one of them in Belgium) will take you to the most beautiful gravel areas in the region. You won’t find red asphalt bike paths here, Martine has only chosen the most spectacular gravel gems for you.

No matter where you live in the Netherlands or if you're just visiting, these Tours will show you that there are great cycling adventures to be had everywhere. Get on your bike, pack some snacks in your bikepacking bag and you're ready to go. Adventure is already waiting.

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Tours & Highlights

  • 05:12
    87.2 mi
    16.8 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft

    On Thursday I decided to ride a two-day route, starting near my hometown of Bergen, to Amsterdam and back, since there was lots of snow and ice! This provided a …

  • 07:25
    98.0 mi
    13.2 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,625 ft

    Yesterday marked the second Dutch loop this month! I set out to cycle from Bergen to the northernmost point of Texel, shaping the planned route almost like a paintbrush. An …

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  • 05:28
    68.8 mi
    12.6 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft

    Yesterday I completed the last of this month's loops around Noord-Holland, the province I grew up in but failed to see fully up until three weeks ago. This is exactly …

  • 02:58
    32.0 mi
    10.8 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft

    The first sunny day in the Lands of Nether in a little while... that means biking time! Belén came along and we had a blast cycling a section of the …

  • 13:18
    134 mi
    10.1 mph
    725 ft
    750 ft

    On an attempt to discover the Netherlands a little more, we embarked on a loop tour from Tristan's home town that would take about a week to complete. We had …

  • 04:57
    37.3 mi
    7.5 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft

    The forest of the Dancing trees.
    In the past, the trees were felled here, with the wood used for shipbuilding. Curved tree trunks were spared and were allowed to remain, because they did not give straight planks.
    The crooked trees remained and that gives an enchanting sight.
    It is a succession of beautiful paths.
    A very nice gravel ride with mainly wide paths.
    More information about the ride can be found via the link.

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  • 24:48
    60.9 mi
    2.5 mph
    400 ft
    425 ft

    A route through the De Pelen on the border of North Brabant and Limburg.
    Mariapeel, Deurnsche Peel and National Park Groote Peel.
    Beautiful pools, peat bogs and beautiful wide paths. …

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  • 06:58
    55.0 mi
    7.9 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft

    A very nice route with surprising gravel strips that is more open and passes farms and fields, but also includes a few beautiful nature reserves.
    And that under the smoke of Tilburg
    It would be nice if you put something about the route on the site after you have driven it.
    The routes in Komoot are sometimes updated and your reaction will disappear.
    That is a shame because other gravelers also benefit from your reaction.

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  • 06:50
    55.1 mi
    8.1 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft

    What a beautiful route it has become, varied and full of beautiful gravel and forest paths.
    There may be a bit more asphalt in it than you are used to, …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    629 mi
  • Duration
    77:54 h
  • Elevation
    5,975 ft
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Bikepacking adventures in the Netherlands – ORTLIEB Escape Routes