Ronde van Nederland

As I have written in the previous post, we are up to something big. As you can read in the title, we are going to attempt to go around The Netherlands by bike.

It is 1300 km circle within the borders of The Netherlands. A route provided by the site Nederland Fietsland, using only the Dutch cycling network, the LF route system, which is for bike vacations and holidays. These are scenic roads, with a lot of tourist attractions. I am leaving Geldrop on Tuesday the 29th of March next week, and the plan is to go a bit farther then Arnhem on the first day, along the official track, and finish the whole tour until the 1st of April, on Friday. Why do we do it in such short time? It has practical reasons, as in this way I don’t have to spend that much time apart from my family and of course this makes it quite a challenge to. This means that I have to cycle in average 320-340 km every day, more or less 12-13 hours in the saddle.

Barbara is going to do the background work and she is going to help me while I'm pedaling. We are going to share pictures with short descriptions on our Instagram (#wncNLchallenge) and Facebook page, creating a sort of live feed. After the adventure, we are going to do a series of blog posts here on the Wheel Nuts Cyclotouring’s official website, with more pictures and telling the complete story of the tour and our experiences. I already consulted with many people, how I should eat properly during such a long ride and before, how I should prepare my body also for this big impact. XAlso I have spoken with Yorit Kluitman, who works on cool cycling related projects, and he already attempted to do the same route in the same amount of time. Unfortunately he couldn’t finish it, since it was constantly raining and wind was to harsh. He was kind to share with me all he's experiences about this ride, and I’m sure that he is going to try to do the Ronde van Nederland again.

It seems that we are going to have luck with the weather, and I hope that it stays the way as the forecast says now, and won't rain a lot. There is still a lot to do until next week, including sewing my bags, making the energy packages and eating as much as I can :). We will keep you in loop! Follow our adventure and please wish us luck!


Picture credits:
Fietsgids Ronde van Nederland