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Cycling in Holland

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What Holland has to offer on two wheels

From a two-day itinerary to a grand tour, Holland is miles ahead when it comes to cycling holidays. 

There are 26 Landelijke fietsroutes – LF-routes (long distance routes) that stretch throughout the country.   The manageable scale and relatively flat terrain of the Netherlands makes it perfectly suited for a cycling holiday so you can cover plenty of ground and tick off your must-see destinations.  Why not organise a trip for the whole family or an epic tour taking in a number of the LF-routes for a group of your cycle fanatic friends?

ANWB (The Royal Dutch Touring Club) produce a 1:300,000 map of the Netherlands showing all LF-routes, very useful when planning a tour.  This map also includes 58 marked Mountain Biking Trails if you want to get a bit more adventurous and cost only €4.95 at most good travel book shops.

If you would rather leave your bike at home, you can hire a bike at many railway stations. Rental companies or the tourist information office will also be able to suggest some good local paths. 

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Cycling Events of Interest

Maybe time your next trip to catch some of the following events.

Fietsvierdaagse recreational four-day cycling events in spring and summer.

Europe’s biggest youth cycle racing event Internationale Jeugdtour held in Assen in July.

This organised Amsterdam Bike Ride 2015 tour takes in Amsterdam and it's beautiful surroundings in mid-July.

Tour de France 2015 Grand Start kicks off  Utrecht in July.

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Try Something different

Mountain biking in Holland?

Holland may be fairly flat, but believe it or not there are a number of areas to mountain bike.

Some of the best tracks the country has to offer are in the Utrechtse Heuvelrug area starting near the town of Zeist in the Utrecht National Park.  

The 43 km MTB route on the Utrecht Ridge, around the inaccessible Leusder Heath Vlasakkers will certainly get the blood pumping.

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Dutch Historic city route

If you have 5 days spare and are feeling a little adventurous, then maybe you'd like to ride the dutch historic city tour! 

Start and finish this beautiful cycle route in the capital, Amsterdam with it's tree lined canals, taking in the historic cities of Haarlem, Leiden, Dordrecht and Utrecht along the way.  

You'll need to average around 30 – 40 kilometres a day to complete the full loop. Accommodation can be pre-booked or arranged as you travel along the route.