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Just like many people go to the Veluwe for the beautiful gravel cycling ... someone who lives on the Veluwe sometimes likes to go to other beautiful places to walk his gravel bike.My (re) discovery of the South Limburg gravel sky recently asked for yet another exploration, this time with good friends Bram and Bas (Detour Studio).The result? A beautiful gravel ride through the hills, with enough variety in character as well as climbing and high plains without too much climbing. Two to three mountain bike-esque climbs provide an extra satisfied feeling + underline that a gravel bike gets most MTB work done in the Netherlands and is really a Swiss army knife. Musti's kebab at Maastricht station was a legendary good end to a wonderful day of rolling over grit.
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A beautiful unpaved route across the middle Veluwe for the gravel bike on a unusually warm spring day in May.The route consists largely of hard forest trails, interspersed with hardpack gravel roads and occasionally short technical challenges such as a natural single track or somewhat sandy path over heath or through the forest. However, it is largely easy to cycle with a gravel bike and takes you to a few beautiful less-visited places within the Royal Domain and beyond. With its secret altimeters and various surfaces, the tour is a great challenging daytime activity.At Uddel, the route has a small loop, created from a spontaneous search for a terrace to avoid a shower. Halfway through and again later, the route calls at Vierhouten, which was perfect today for a fries to go. The finish back at Cannenburgh Castle and several encounters with wild boars and deer made the trip extra special.Pay attention! The route cannot be cycled during the closing of the Kroondomein during the autumn (mid-September to Christmas).
10 de mayo de 2021
- A Vincent le gusta esto.
A beautiful unpaved route across the middle Veluwe for the gravel bike from Vaassen on the A1.The route consists largely of hard forest trails, interspersed with hardpack gravel roads and occasionally short technical challenges such as a natural single track or somewhat sandy path over heath or through the forest. However, it is largely easy to cycle with a gravel bike and takes you to a few beautiful less-visited places within the Royal Domain and beyond. With its secret altimeters and various surfaces, the tour is a great challenging daytime activity, making the optional coke and fries stop halfway the route in Vierhouten very welcome for me personally.Pay attention! The route cannot be cycled during the closing of the Kroondomein during the autumn (mid-September to Christmas).Do you cycle or use this route? Then be sure to tag and share me in your adventures!
10 de mayo de 2021
The second day of a wonderful two-day gravel weekend in the Limburg hills. Instead of in a tent or tarp, wake up in a lovely bed in B&B de Smockelaer, just north of the Dutch-Belgian border.After a breakfast and after a kilometer of cycling again on the gravel ... Oh, how beautiful it was! :-)
From grit to gravel and back again. It is enjoyment strip after strip. A small setback with the non-sailing bicycle lap near Eijsden, but this problem is easily solved with the Komoot app and a bridge just south of the border.Around the Albert Canal a few beautiful gravel strips and views, and then stop in Maastricht for a well-deserved cup of coffee and cake at Fixed Gear Coffee ... yes, the bike can be parked here even when you pick it up :-)After Maastricht it remains nicer-prettier-prettiest. One quiet gravel road after another nice climb continues to pleasantly surprise us. You can't get enough of gravel in the hills. Back in the evening sun at the car at the P + R of Schin op Geul station ... exactly where we had left it the day before.
2 de mayo de 2021
The first day of a wonderful two-day gravel weekend in the Limburg hills. I could already dream of many of the paved roads here, but unpaved there was still a lot to discover. The extended King's Day weekend, combined with the wonderful weather, offered the perfect opportunity to go on a two-day gravel pack here. Super deluxe with B&B overnight stay instead of in a tent or tarp.This first day we parked our car at the P + R of Schin op Geul station, near Valkenburg. We soon had the first unpaved climb - the unpaved Keutenberg - for our choosing ... after which many climbs, but especially beautiful quiet gravel roads and beautiful views followed. A sometimes somewhat technical, but generally easy to cycle gravel tour for anyone with a gravel bike.A number of forests of Staatsbosbeheer were found not to allow free cycling, which caused a small necessary detour just across the border in Wallonia. Soon, however, we were in the forest between Camerig and Vaals on the official MTB route of Epen, which is also easy to cycle with a gravel bike.The day ended - after some well-deserved fries in Epen - at B&B de Smockelaer near Heijenrath (see highlight).
30 de abril de 2021
The NH65 ... of course a nod to the NH100 route of Laurens ten Dam & co. Unfortunately, there was no time for the full distance today. There still had to be socialized in Alkmaar and of course I wanted to be home in time for the final of Liège-Bastogne-Liège ... a nice 65 km should be enough today.The result? A shortened version of the - indeed very beautiful - unpaved route through the North Holland dunes and then back over the beach. I did not ride the most southern loop and the famous MTB route of Schoorl today, but the NH100 route was nevertheless very beautiful. Cycling in the surf of the beach remains a wonderful experience, especially with today's #primastrandje!For the original NH100 route, take a look at Laurens' profile: komoot.nl/collection/901754/-noord-holland-100Practical footnote:
The unpaved paths in the dunes (except for the official MTB route of Schoorl) may only be ridden by bicycle from sunrise to 10.30 am (!). Walkers who checked their watch after my phone call before stepping aside, confirmed to me that this deadline is taken very seriously.
Don't forget to buy your dune pass for € 2 per day to avoid annoying fines.
25 de abril de 2021
The perfect #vrimibo. Bring a cold beer into the Detour Studio glovebox and go!Just a classic nice local trails ride from Arnhem. Extra special today were the newly dug MTB trails of the connecting route Arnhem. Now and then a bit bouncy (because they have to be broken in even better), but above all a lot of fun to play!At Papendal the routes have also been dug again ... and the direction has been added, so we cycled a bit against the direction ... So be more careful than I was today ;-)
17 de abril de 2021
This weekend would normally be Paris - Roubaix, were it not that it was moved by Covid to October. As a tribute to this hell of the north, Rapha organized the - A Day In Hell - ride.I hooked up with buddy for a day Aster at the Rapha Amsterdam ride, which took the participants along the worst roads and paths of North Holland. From clinker strips along motorways and through dunes, to gravel and grassy strips and the only real cobblestone strip of North Holland, the Munnikenweg in Alkmaar.The ride became extra hellish due to the particularly chilly April temperatures of only 6 degrees, supplemented by a strong wind and rain during the last 2 hours of the ride.With especially very cold and wet hands, we finally squeezed the brakes in Amsterdam north at Falafellow for a delicious falafel + musette with beers and a klakske (racing cap) from the event.The ride was a wonderful real day in hell.
Beautiful in its ugliness!Special thanks to Nash and Sanne and their crew for blocking the wind during the first hours of the ride and Rapha Amsterdam for organizing this wonderful day out in the polder!
11 de abril de 2021
What do you get when you put three Komoot ambassadors together on the Veluwe ... The most beautifully planned route of all time, right? Nothing is less true ;-)Together with William, Gijs and our gravel bikes, I went freestyling across the Veluwe. See where it is beautiful, spontaneously go left or right where we never did before ... or go straight ahead at that one place where on the right is that very beautiful Komoot highlight.
Along the way, the Komoot app came in handy a few times to correct or double check where we were exactly.It gave us a wonderful day in the saddle, full of new beautiful trails. Some suitable, a lot not suitable for cycling. But above all it was a classically fun day getting lost ... at least, kind of getting lost since I know the way around the Veluwe quite well ;-)
12 de abril de 2021