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Road, gravel and MTB: my favourite Dutch backroads


Road, gravel and MTB: my favourite Dutch backroads

Collection by IRIS



19:07 h

294 mi

5,175 ft

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.

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  1. De Pathfinder zonsondergang gravel rit

    60.4 mi
    14.1 mph
    375 ft
    350 ft

    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

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  2. 04:31
    58.1 mi
    12.9 mph
    1,575 ft
    1,550 ft

    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

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  4. 03:32
    46.5 mi
    13.2 mph
    2,550 ft
    2,625 ft

    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!

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  5. 01:53
    35.6 mi
    18.9 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft

    Familiar roads are also nice. Not too far from home, but Krimpenerwaard also has its gems!

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  6. 03:24
    66.5 mi
    19.6 mph
    300 ft
    325 ft

    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

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  7. 01:31
    27.2 mi
    18.0 mph
    150 ft
    175 ft

    This ride is short and sweet. Although it is so close to the city of Rotterdam, it is still green and quiet. A nice round for the perfect lunch ride, or just before the sun goes down on a lovely summer evening.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    294 mi
  • Duration
    19:07 h
  • Elevation
    5,175 ft

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