The past months have triggered me to discover new roads within the borders of my country here in the Netherlands. Living in a pretty dense area, it’s definitely a challenge to find both new and quiet roads, but a fun challenge that is! And I think I’ve managed to create some ‘backroad’ routes across multiple terrain; MTB, gravel and road.
I love to share my adventures with you, so feel free to explore them! I would also advise you to take advantage of these lovely spring and summer evenings and carefully choose your time to hop on the bike so that you can enjoy these gorgeous areas at their best.
Whether you've got one bike to rule them all or a whole stable full, hopefully there'll be a ride in this Collection for you, from flowing single track trails through the woodland to golden gravel roads, smooth tarmac roads that I used to train on to traffic-free paths through nature.
Route based on the famous #Pathfinder. So credits to Yorit Kluitman (also for the photos, by the way). The beauty of this route is the variety of forest, heath, single tracks, sandy paths and sometimes a bit of asphalt to recover.Do not drive it on Sunday morning, but choose a nice (spring) evening just like us, then you have all the paths for yourself!
Single tracks all day! Do this route on the MTB (or you must have a lot of gravel bike skills;)) Especially the part north of Ede is super fun and very quiet. The route is made up of several MTB routes in this region. It is therefore advisable to drive outside 'peak hours'.Note: This route is a combination of MTB trials. Keep that in mind and avoid peak hours!
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Backroads in Limburg. Not too crazy and certainly also possible on the gravel bike. A little single tracks, a little gravel paths. Above all, you see Limburg from a different angle!Note: Point A is a parking lot - you can also skip the part from point A to Fixed Gear Coffee!
This route is definitely 'Old school' for me because it covers many of the roads I trained on a daily basis when I was a road racing pro in the Women's WorldTour. It is a great tour from Rotterdam to the outskirts of Utrecht and back.Sometimes it's just nice to take these long pieces away. Headwind, tailwind, and just a short coffee stop halfway. Simple and refreshing!