A collection of my favorite routes.
A good loop if you want to go out for a quick ride. From Den Bosch you head into the wetlands of the Gement and of to the Drunense Duinen nature reserve. You ride west over the Margrietweg, a nice road on the edge of forests and farm lands, with shelter for the usual west wind. The route then bends to the polders near the Maas river in the north. In Heusden you will follow the final of the Grupetto JBZ course, famous in the region. In the pretty village of Bokhoven you will follow the dyke along the river back into Den Bosch.
De Brabantse Biesbosch harbors one of the most special courses of the flat Netherlands. Only 10 years ago the Noordwaard was a polder like many others. But now the land has been given back to nature. Straight meadows have given way to swamps, creeks, "terpen", birds, cattle and a web of quiet roads, cyclepaths and a series of bridges that are a paradise to cyclists. This routes takes you over the dykes along the wide rivers towards the Biesbosch and back. It's the perfect ride to experience the land between the rivers and the dreamroads in the Biesbosch!
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This ride takes you with over 16 border crossings from Den Bosch to the Dutch/Belgian enclave village of Baarle Nassau-Hertog. Along the way you cross some of the Brabantse/Antwerpse Kempen's finest roads, with hidden gems such as Landgoed de Utrecht. There you will make the first of 16 border crossings on the edge of The Netherlands/Belgium. In Baarle Nassau-Hertog you stop at the most special cycling cafe of Brabant: Disco Nel. The place is called after 92 year old Nel, who runs it since 1953. Open the gates of the court yard and enter the pub that takes you back to the 70's. In weekends it's packet with cyclists that enjoy Nels hospitality! Address: Café Nova Gcv - Disco Nel, Molenstraat, Baarle-Hertog, België.
Many Dutch cyclists are familiar with the hilly roads around Berg en Dal. But not many know that these hills are part of the much larger "Nederrijnse Heuvelrug" that runs far into Germany. This route takes you over the ridge all the way to the Xanten. Prepare for a day out on quiet country roads over gentle rolling hills, wide views over the Rhine Valley, descent German quality roads, lush forests on the hill tops and a coffee stop with Kaffee und Kuchen in the historic town of Xanten. Holiday feeling guaranteed.
This loop is inspired on the Strade Bianche and, like the race in Tuscany, suitable for roadbikes. It takes you off the beaten path and onto Brabants white roads. Highlights: the fine gravel road straight through the Kampina nature reserve and the forest roads through estate De Mortelen. The route is a treat for the adventurous roadbike or gravelbike user and shows you Brabant like you haven't seen it before. Route is tested on roadbike with 25 mm tires and suitable for road bikes. However, in wet or extremely dry weather conditions, a gravelbike is recommended.
The Netherlands is not known for its cobblestone strips, but you will find quite a few in Brabant. They are not of the caliber Flanders or Roubaix, but still give you the real experience of docking over the cobblestones. The 150 km route is the classic hell of the south that has been ridden as Rapha Ride in recent years. With almost 17.5 kilometers of cobblestones spread over 22 strips. Starting place Den Bosch.22. Molenstraat 120 m ***
21. Narrow Haven 270 m ***
20. Broad Harbor 470 m ***
19. Postelstraat-Kruisstraat 400 m *
18. Hoolstraat 1420 m ***
17. Watertorenstraat 715 m **** (cobblestone classification segment)
16. Leijsenstraat - Kloosterdreef 1520 m ***
15. Monk Drive 500 m ***
14. Kalbergseweg 500 m ***
13. Schansstraat 305 m *
12. Hoge Zeedijk - Hamseweg 2900 m *** (cobblestone classification segment)
11. Schenkeldijk - Hoge Zeedijk 2550 m ***
10. Dordrechtseweg 700 m *** (cobblestone classification segment)
9. Middenstraat 160 m **
8. Heusden Grotestraat-Demer 1130 m ***
7. Hair alley 1000 m **
6. Nieuwkuijk 1550 m **
5. Heidijk 170 m *
4. Postelstraat-Kruisstraat 400 m *
3. Narrow Haven 270 m ***
2. Broad Harbor 470 m ***
1. Molenstraat 120 m ***
TOTAL: 17,640 m / 11.5% cobbles
If you're in for a hard day with much climbing, this is your route. The Nordeifel has the biggest elevation differences in the wide region, with climbs up to 7 kilometres. Brace yourself for a ride with 10 big climbs on a course of 130 kms with 3000 metres of ascend around the beautiful Rursee. The climbs include the feared Der Hammer and an unknown cobble climb that brings the spring classics feeling to the Eifel. Stop for Kaffee und Kuchen in the Disney-like town of Monschau. Finish the sufferfest with the climb from the beautiful valley of Simonskall.
This route shows Brabant in all it's beauty, with meadows, rows of trees, chapels, church villages, sand drifts and heather. I like the variation of landscapes about this loop, which is perfect for a solo ride in the evening (not in the dark). The route is on quiet country roads with less traffic. At places like estate Haanwijk, time seems to have stand still since the early 20th century. The valley of the Dommel river is nice, as well as the country roads with meadows and forests near Best and Boxtel. Afterwards the nature reserves of Kampina and Drunense Duinen follow with their sand drifts and heather. The route includes the gravel road through the Kampina. It doesn't get any better in Brabant.
50 kilometers of joy in the Nijmegen hills! You warm up on the rolling forest road of the Rijlaan to Groesbeek. Then you turn right to the climb of Klein Amerika in the open field where the wind can be tough. However you get rewarded with panoramic views over Groesbeek and the Reichswald. Then a rollercoaster road takes you to the German border where the next treat awaits: the forest road into the Reichswald. After a few kms on and off through the forest you turn right along the ridge back into The Netherlands. There you climb the Oude Kleefsebaan and Oude Holleweg (14%), the steepest hill of the country outside Limburg. Afterwards you climb the Ubberse Holleweg to enjoy the Zevenheuvelenweg with it's seven hills. Back over the Rijlaan and your playtime is over.