After taking part in the 2022 komoot Womens Torino-Nice Rally, Iris saw the opportunity to bring this unique experience closer to home. She wanted to see if she could capture the thrill of these grand adventures, surrounded by like-minded riders, and bring that magic to a local group of women in Benelux.
After all, IRIS and komoot have a shared mission to enable more women to participate in adventurous bikepacking challenges, and smaller-scale events like these help riders to overcome some of the barriers faced. Condensing a multi-day adventure into a weekend also helps to make outdoor adventures like these accessible to all.
So what’s the Lowlands Women’s Weekender? Covering 280 kilometers over three days on the Belgian border linking the Dutch cities of Breda and Maastricht, with two low-key campsites along the route, riders were free to ride at their own pace along the recommended route.
The Friday entailed a warm-up ride linking Breda to Alphen over 85 kilometers, the second day covering 110 kilometers to the outskirts of Weert, and finally on the Sunday riding another 85 kilometers to finish in central Maastricht.
All photos are by Ashley Gruber.
First day of the IRIS x Komoot Women's Weekender, a three-day cycling adventure in the Benelux for women.
This first day we rode from Kamu cycling cafe in Breda to Alphen for the first night. A fun route with a good mix of hardpack gravel, forest tracks and coffee stops!
Route design by @Bjornrides…
On the second day of the IRIS x Komoot Women's Weekender we rode from Alphen to Weert, from one lovely campsite to the next!
There were a few coffees and (much needed) ice cream stops along the route. The route, designed by @Yorit Kluitman, was again a good mix of hardpack gravel, forest roads, a few…
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The final stretch! The third day was the final 85 kilometers from Weert into the center of Maastricht. Before we could finish this amazing weekender with a pasta party at Fixed Gear Coffee we had a beautiful ride through Nationaal Park de Hoge Kempen.
All photos by Ashley Gruber. Route credits Bram Tankink…
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