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Difficult
11:00
87.4 mi
7.9 mph
725 ft
750 ft
Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

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Includes segments in which cycling is forbidden

You will have to dismount and push your bike.

2.41 mi in total

Includes a segment with temporary access restrictions

Check ahead to confirm restricted segments are open to the public.

0.42 mi in total

Tour Overview

Starting Point
10.6 mi
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Strand Kijkduin

Running Highlight

13.2 mi
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Haven van Scheveningen

Bike Touring Highlight

18.8 mi
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Uitzichtspunt

Road Cycling Highlight

29.2 mi
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Noorderstrand Noordwijk

Hiking Highlight

46.4 mi
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Vissershaven Ijmuiden

Bike Touring Highlight

56.6 mi
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Strand van Heemskerk

Mountain Biking Highlight

61.5 mi
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Strand Egmond

Road Cycling Highlight

67.6 mi

Naturistenstrand Bergen/Schoorl

Beach
68.2 mi
84.9 mi
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Strand bij Julianadorp

Hiking Highlight

87.4 mi
Destination

Map

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Tour Profile

Waytypes

Singletrack: 26.6 mi
Path: 39.0 mi
Access Road: 280 yd
Cycleway: 13.4 mi
Street: 3.14 mi
Road: 2.13 mi
Off-grid (unknown): 3.00 mi

Surfaces

Natural: 63.5 mi
Unpaved: 1.44 mi
Gravel: 382 yd
Paved: 9.21 mi
Asphalt: 7.94 mi
Unknown: 5.10 mi

Weather Forecast

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Soigneur planned a mountain bike ride.

May 19, 2021

Comments

  • Soigneur

    It all started during the first mountain-bike boom in the 1990s. Dutch riders didn’t have anywhere to take their new off-road machines. There were hardly any mountains around and as soon as they strayed from the bike paths, some farmer or conservation officer would be telling them off for running over the flowers. With all its windmills and greenhouses, its shops and offices and industrial parks, its big cities and pretty brick towns, Holland was just too densely populated for wild adventures—except by the sea side.The beaches that stretch along the Dutch coast line are Holland’s best kept secret. Yes, locals flock to a few famous spots in the summer when it gets hot, and Germans have been coming without their swimsuits for a while, but for much of the year, hundreds of kilometres of white-sand beach are left to the waves and the gulls and the odd kite-surfer.The first race on the beach was held in 1993. The course ran for 135 kilometres from Hoek van Holland in the south to Den Helder in the north. The man who organised the event, Filip Kos, had done the route on a whim the previous year. That got his imagination turning. Right away, he knew that he wanted to turn it into a race. Eighty-seven riders took to the start that first year, on mountain-bikes and cross-bikes. The trick was to stay out of the wind and find the hardest, fastest bit of beach. The sands were ever shifting, and if you picked the wrong line, it could soon be up to your axles.The race was a success. A new sport was born that day. Today, World-Tour pros race on special bikes designed for the beach in a series of events right through the winter. Behind them, tens of thousands of enthusiasts struggle through the sand. It might be serious business up front, but for everyone else, it’s a whole lot of fun. The biggest beach race of them all remains Hoek van Holland-Den Helder though. It takes place in November. You can ride the route right through the year. But go in the winter if you want it to just be you and the waves and the odd kite-surfer.

    • May 19, 2021

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