Dutch Divide Series

GREEN DIVIDE – the Netherland’s longest nature traverse

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GREEN DIVIDE – the Netherland’s longest nature traverse

Bike Touring Collection by Dutch Divide Series

3

Tours

46:41 h

371 mi

9,975 ft

GREEN DIVIDE by Erwin Sikkens – the Netherland’s longest nature traverse

Komoot ambassador and gravel enthusiast Erwin Sikkens has created the ultimate green traverse of the Netherlands, connecting the Utrechtse Heuvelrug and the full length of the Veluwe. With a length of 300 kilometres, the GREEN DIVIDE is the longest green route in the Netherlands.

The GREEN DIVIDE consists of two parts; the HEUVELRUG DIVIDE and the VELUWE DIVIDE which can be found as separate Tours in this Collection, just like the full track of the GREEN DIVIDE.

Expect many unpaved doubletrack sections, forest paths, singletrack trails and gravel roads, complemented by paved bicycle paths and the occasional road connection. The route largely consists of paths surrounded by nature, alternating between forest and heathland.

The GREEN DIVIDE uses open countryside paths and is suitable for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in nature for 300 kilometres. The GREEN DIVIDE is not a race, but a bikepacking route for gravel and nature lovers that you can cycle in one or more days. The starting point is Naarden-Bussum train station and after 300 kilometres of greenery you will arrive in the centre of Zwolle.

When choosing your tyres, take into account the weather conditions of the season. A forest path can be dry or muddy. General advice is to start with at least 40 mm tyres. A nubby tread won't hurt, but don't overdo it. For the bikepackers: the Veluwe and Utrechtse Heuvelrug offer many places to sleep, such as (nature) campsites, hotels and B&Bs. The nature campsite Zegenoord, just below Loenen, is located halfway along the route and is perfect for those who want to ride the GREEN DIVIDE in two days.

Rules and tips
Always pay attention to the local rules to protect and conserve nature and abide by the applicable regulations. For more information, read Erwin's tips and descriptions in each Tour.

GREEN DIVIDE Patch
The first 50 cyclists who complete the GREEN DIVIDE in one or more consecutive days will receive a specially designed GREEN DIVIDE patch. The first patches are already taken... so ride the route quickly to earn the limited edition patches for your bag, cap or shirt!

Are you aiming for a top 50 ranking of first GREEN DIVIDE finishers? Then tag this profile (DUTCH DIVIDE SERIES) in your completed Tour on komoot and become eligible for the patch! And of course, share your experiences with Erwin via the comments in this Collection or on Instagram at Instagram.com/erwinsikkens_com.

#GREENDIVIDE #DUTCHDIVIDESERIES #KOMOOT

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    24:13
    191 mi
    7.9 mph
    5,125 ft
    5,100 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    GREEN DIVIDE by Erwin Sikkens
    With 300 kilometers the longest nature traverse in the Netherlands
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    > TEMPORARY ADJUSTMENT BY STORM DAMAGE <
    Due to storm damage near Leersum, part of the original route is currently not suitable for cycling. For this reason, the route has been temporarily adjusted here. Once the storm damage has been cleared, the route will be adjusted back to the original route!
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  • Difficult
    07:39
    70.6 mi
    9.2 mph
    1,800 ft
    1,725 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    HILL BACK DIVIDE by Erwin Sikkens
    110 kilometers of nature traverse through the Utrechtse Heuvelrug
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    > TEMPORARY ADJUSTMENT BY STORM DAMAGE <
    Due to storm damage near Leersum, part of the original route is currently not suitable for cycling. For this reason, the route has been temporarily adjusted here. Once the storm damage has been cleared, the route will be adjusted back to the original route!
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  • Difficult
    14:49
    109 mi
    7.4 mph
    3,075 ft
    3,175 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    HILL BACK DIVIDE by Erwin Sikkens
    175 kilometers of nature traverse through the Veluwe
    With a length of 300 kilometers, the GREEN DIVIDE is the longest green route in the Netherlands. What started with me years ago as an idea to cycle unpaved from Arnhem to Zwolle, has now grown into this kilometre-long nature traverse. GREEN DIVIDE consists of two parts; the HILLBACK DIVIDE and the VELUWE DIVIDE.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    3
  • Distance
    371 mi
  • Duration
    46:41 h
  • Elevation
    9,975 ft
Dutch Divide Series

GREEN DIVIDE – the Netherland’s longest nature traverse