Simon Rosmolen

Plan your moment of fame – the Dutch Cycling Classics

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Plan your moment of fame – the Dutch Cycling Classics

Road Cycling Collection by Simon Rosmolen

6

Tours

42:40 h

579 mi

12,950 ft

Sportives are an integral part of cycling in the Netherlands. Every year thousands of fanatics jump on their bikes to ride their favourite cycling classic. Whether with friends, colleagues, the whole family or alone and whether young, old, trained or untrained. Whether you are looking for a day out or a weekend break with the whole family and your tent, the choice is enormous.

One problem – the date of your favourite classic is fixed, but your legs aren’t ready. You don’t want to be left behind by your overpacked but better trained friends, right? Of course, it’s the taking part that counts, but what if it starts pouring down? Oops, maybe you happen to have misplaced your entrance ticket...

You can’t make excuses for the routes in this Collection because you decide when, with whom, and how you ride your classic. With komoot’s navigation, you don’t need signposts or organised supply points. Of course, it’s a shame that the helpers along the way and medals are missing, but with a little imagination, you can still enjoy a heroic finish on the top of the Cauberg. So choose your favourite classic, set a date, get training your legs, invite your cycling mates and set your sight on eternal glory.

In this Collection, you'll find a selection of the best-known, biggest, and funnest sportives in the Netherlands. Each Tour has its own character: Ride the Amstel Gold Race over the dreaded South Limburg hills; take on the continuous wind during the Elfstedentocht in flat Friesland; cycle over the oldest and most beautiful dike in the Netherlands on the Ronde van de WEstfriese Omringdijk; pay homage to your favourite cycling hero on the Jan Janssen Classic through the Utrechtse Heuvelrug and Veluwe; or follow in the tyre tracks of Joop Zoetemelk on the Joop Zoetemelk Classic through the Groene Hart region, the so-called “Green Heart” of the Netherlands.

For each Tour, I’ve described the most popular route variant and included a link to a shorter alternative. Oh, and why not sign up for the organised event too. A lot of events have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic so the organisation would be grateful for your support. Just make sure you don’t make any excuses...

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Tours & Highlights

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    Difficult
    10:20
    148 mi
    14.3 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The Tour of Tours, or the Frisian Eleven Cities Tour, should not be missing in this list of classics. Most people know this from the skate, but this cracker is …

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  • Difficult
    06:50
    91.1 mi
    13.3 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The Joop Sweet Milk Classic is a tribute to the greatest Dutch cyclist of all time. This route goes through the Green Heart, where the winner of the Tour de France from 1980 made his first kilometers as a junior. This tour is planned every year at the beginning of spring. But if the legs are not good yet, will you ride this 145 km long ride later in the year?

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  • Difficult
    07:04
    93.1 mi
    13.2 mph
    4,125 ft
    4,125 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    How better to honor Jan Janssen, the winner of the Tour de France in 1968, than to name a climbing tour after him? The Jan Janssen Classic has been organized by tour club Wageningen since 1985 and has grown into the largest tour in the Central Netherlands. The chosen route in this Collection is a loop of 150 km over the lateral moraine of the Rhine and the peaks of the Veluwe. Altimeters guaranteed in this classic.

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  • Intermediate
    05:00
    69.4 mi
    13.9 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    The Gerrie Knetemann Classic is an Amsterdam cycling race in honor of Gerrie Knetemann. The former rider caused a furore in the 1980s. The former road worker brought cycling to the people and won the Amstel Gold Race and ten tour stages. De “Kneet” died in 2004 at the age of 53. Since 2006, this cycling round has been held annually around his beloved Amsterdam.

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  • Difficult
    07:37
    95.6 mi
    12.5 mph
    6,400 ft
    6,175 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The Amstel Gold Race is the only real cycling classic in the Netherlands. Just like the big annual professional competition, this route takes you through the most feared climbs in Limburg. The 15,000 places are determined annually by drawing lots, but with komoot you can also drive this route of 150 km without a starting permit. Are you following in the footsteps of our own Mathieu van der Poel, who won the 2019 AGR?

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  • Difficult
    05:49
    81.8 mi
    14.1 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    The Tour of the West Frisian Omringdijk is a tour on the 800-year-old dike that protected the West Frisians against the brute force of the sea. This monumental dike surrounds …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    579 mi
  • Duration
    42:40 h
  • Elevation
    12,950 ft

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Simon Rosmolen

Plan your moment of fame – the Dutch Cycling Classics