At the end of 2017 I bought my first gravel bike, initially as a bike for bad weather and to take on holidays. Soon my mountain bike and racing bikes disappeared further and further into the back of the garage. Discovering gravel singletrack, gravel roads and sandy paths in the area around Breda became an addiction. The logical next step was, of course, to tie all of these strips together into beautiful routes.
In this Collection you will find a series of routes around Breda which are most enjoyable on a gravel bike. Of course you can also ride a mountain bike, but you won't get far with a road bike! I have created all of these routes for events and they have been ridden many times by myself.
All routes start and end at Kamu Bikes & Coffee in Breda, my favorite coffee and bicycle shop in Breda. The routes vary in distance and cover all directions around Breda. It is not very technical anywhere, but it is beautiful, so both novice and advanced gravel riders can indulge themselves.
This is the route of the first gravel ride I organized. For weeks in a row I have been puzzling to find as many unpaved strips as possible and to make a nice route. In these weeks I also discovered komoot.The morning of this ride felt like my own children's party; hopefully some people will come, hopefully the route will be as fun as I thought, etc. Finally we left with eight enthusiasts on a rainy Saturday morning at Kamu. After more than 70 km everyone was even more enthusiastic.The route leads south from Kamu out of the Baronie town. The route takes you over beautiful strips in the rural areas on the south side of Breda. One moment you are cycling on gravel paths through the forest, and a few kilometers later you are cycling on the centuries-old Van Gogh paths through the flower fields. You cycle almost completely unpaved to Belgian territory and then return straight through forests and heaths to Breda.
I made this round for a test event of Kamu and J.Guillem Bicycles. From Kamu you head north to the windy polders around Breda. Here, sandy paths, paved roads, gravel strips, single tracks, tight asphalt and a stray cobblestone strip follow each other in rapid succession. Then you turn back to the wooded area around Teteringen and Oosterhout. After you have passed the most beautiful strips of this area, turning and turning, the route curves towards Breda.This round is ideal to experience the versatility of a gravel bike or to cycle a short round before dark.
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I drew this route for the best cycling event in Breda. Every year, Tour de Fransje takes place on the last Sunday of the Tour de France. A combination of a tour, competition and festival.Like the Tour, the route is very tough and, like the Tour of 2019, it partly runs through Belgian territory. Via the outer areas of Breda and Etten-Leur you arrive in the border area, after which you can gravel right through nature to Breda. At the end you can even spot the Eiffel Tower!
This is the long route of the autumn edition of the Kamu Gravelride in 2019.From Kamu you leave in a northerly direction to the windy polders around Breda. Here, sandy paths, cobblestone roads, gravel strips, single tracks and a cobble stone section follow each other in rapid succession. Then you turn back to the wooded area around Teteringen and Oosterhout. After you have passed the most beautiful stretches of this area, turning and turning, the route goes via a gravel strip along the track and a single track straight through one of the most beautiful nature reserves in Breda and the surrounding area. You often spot a large herd of buffalo here.A few kilometers of asphalt give you time to catch your breath, provided the wind is favorable of course. Then follows a dessert of over 30 kilometers with heavy sand strips, forest paths and gravel roads in the Chaamse Bos. At the end you make some height meters on the highest and longest noise barrier in the Netherlands.
A unique cross-border gravel route between Turnhout and Breda. The route is largely unpaved and contains parts of the annual gravel trip Strada Campina, in the Belgian Kempen, and the most beautiful strips in the border area between Breda and Turnhout. Halfway there is a break option at Eetcafe at Barzoen in Turnhout, the starting point of the Strada Campina.The route largely takes you to remote and quiet places in the border region. You cycle through unique nature reserves such as the Strijbeekse Heide and the Markdal, but also along the former peat colonies at Wortel.You can also start this route in Turnhout at Eetcafe bij Barzoen. See my Collections for this.