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Exploring the world in the Netherlands – five challenging Tours

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Exploring the world in the Netherlands – five challenging Tours

Road Cycling Collection by Merijn Heijne | OMSTREKEN

5

Tours

28:10 h

419 mi

4,350 ft

You don’t have to travel the world to find varied landscapes and culture. In fact, you don’t even have to look much further than your doorstep. In the Netherlands, you may be surprised to find sunny Californian scenes in the regions of Gelderland and Limburg; you may mistake Gelderland for the Swiss city of Bern; or whisk yourself away to Naples, England, or Palestine. In this Collection, I take you on a world trip to different corners of Holland. Adventure can be found close to home, after all.

Useful tips for the road:
- Every Tour starts at a large train station with Park and Ride (P+R) where you can conveniently park your car.

- Of course, a trip around the world requires some effort and blood, sweat and tears (... it's not that bad, though...) Why not explore the world at your doorstep in the Netherlands instead. The routes in this Collection are 52 - 101 miles (84 - 164 km) long, making for a long and beautiful day in the saddle and a challenging, but exciting, adventure.

- You can split the individual stages into two days to tailor your own bikepacking adventure. This way, you can take your time, spend a little longer exploring and spend the night in comfortable accommodation en route.

- Three of the five Tours are perfect for a regular racing or touring bike. Two Tours do require wider and firmer tyres, especially the world trip that starts in Apeldoorn, and Crimea, Palestine and France. These make for great unpaved adventures on your gravel, mountain, or touring bike.

- As with any (world) trip, you should come prepared. Although you'll pass villages and cities en route where you can rest and resupply, make sure you carry some provisions with you.

Why not try out travelling far and wide on your home turf – you may surprise yourself with the varied landscapes, history, nature and culture right outside your door.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Intermediate
    03:07
    52.5 mi
    16.8 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Limburg, land of the Wild West, snowy peaks and sunny beaches? America, Austria and California. And all in less than 85 kilometers. With a bit of cycling it is easy …

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  • Difficult
    05:56
    76.7 mi
    12.9 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    What is a place in Gelderland that starts with the last letter of the alphabet, immediately followed by the first letter of the alphabet? Right: Zaltbommel! That's where this world …

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  • Difficult
    07:31
    90.7 mi
    12.1 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,400 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    I can not make it more beautiful than it is, this is a really challenging world trip of 146 kilometers over various unpaved strips. But "boy o boy, it's well worth it", as the English can say so beautifully. And to make a moderate bridge, England is also the first foreign country that you visit after you leave the station in Apeldoorn.

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  • Difficult
    05:36
    96.1 mi
    17.2 mph
    775 ft
    775 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The High North, but also the south of Italy, the America of Berend Botje and a trip to India. Try packing that in one Tour. I managed to do that with some fitting and measuring. Just a little more than 150 kilometers, but on a road bike that can be done on a nice day. Take your time, relax and enjoy a full day of cycling.

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  • Difficult
    05:59
    103 mi
    17.1 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,075 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Deze wereldreis zit propvol landen en wereldsteden van verschillende continenten, inclusief een heuse berg van eigen bodem: de VAM–berg. Het is bijna niet te bevatten dat je dat allemaal in één dag kunt beleven. Maar dat kan dus wel in Nederland en dat in 165 kilometer met als startpunt het station in Hoogeveen. ‘Of all places’, zou ik er bijna aan willen toevoegen.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    419 mi
  • Duration
    28:10 h
  • Elevation
    4,350 ft

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Exploring the world in the Netherlands – five challenging Tours