Guest book

Welcome to our guest book! Do you have any questions, comments and suggestions about this site? Have you found a broken link? Do you want to tell us about your cycling experiences in Holland? We'd love to hear what you have to say. Please leave a message, or contact us at info@holland-cycling.com.

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Highlander

posted on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 22:15

hi! I'll be travelling to see the tour de France in the zeeland near the finish line. I've got few questions:
1- is the map on the website official?
2- I'll be travelling by train with my bicycle on the saterday (early in the day) to middleburg. will I have problems crossing over the neeltje jans that day will they be travel restrictions?
3- will it be possible to find a camping the satuday (day before race)??

thank you
cant wait!

Hilary Staples

posted on Wednesday, 28 January 2015 08:53

1. No, the map on our website is not an official map. We offer a cycle route that follows stage 2 of the Tour. The Tour itself uses the main roads where you're normally not allowed to cycle.

2. Your best option is to find accommodation on Walcheren, the south side of the Oosterscheldedam. As the Tour arrives at Neeltje Jans from the north, the southern part of the dam is least likely to be closed off. To be sure, I'd check out the Tour de France website.

3. I recommend reserving your accommodation as early as possible.

Hope you have a great time!

Kurt G.

posted on Sunday, 14 December 2014 20:23

HOI and sincere greetings to Hilary & Steven at HOLLAND-CYCLING.COM, and also to all fans and followers of this website! I'm a 'middle aged' male from the UK and a very keen general cyclist, including touring cycling. I am a big big fan of this website and what it stands for, and a big fan of the Netherlands and it's culture generally - what an interesting (and often underated) nation it is! I only wish that the UK, and other english speaking nations around the world, could enjoy the same level of top quality cycling infrastructure, culture, and government investment in real everyday cycling needs and safety!

Over the last few months since discovering, I have been helping to 'spread the word' about this great and very informative website of very useful information, that I sense many visiting tourists (and especialy those new to cycling) will find invaluable to make the most of their cycling adventures in the Netherlands!

As someone in the UK who has done a little cycling campaigning from time to time, I am very aware throughout the UK just how poor infrastructure can be, which in turn discourages people from regular cycling (which all too often means sharing busy integrated motor traffic roads). It is sad that many people are discouraged from regular cycling in their own home countries, because they are not aware of just how good and safe regular everyday cycling can be in highly motivated nations like the Netherlands (not just "holland" but the whole of the Netherlands!), which is why I was only too glad to help by bringing this great site to the attention of such unaware cyclists :o)

Not only is the Netherlands a great liberal and motivated people orientated nation that is well worth experiancing for ones self, but also it is only by directly experiencing such excellent standards of cycling needs, that other people can be inspired to campaign at home for equally good investment in well planned infrastructure, and facilities for cyclists, and especially so over the needs of damaging motor vehicles.

Although I am UK born I do have a hint of 'oranje' in me, which is possibly the reason why cycling is important to me and also second nature to me. Yet there were still some things I have learnt from this website, that will be put to good use when I take my bike to NL for the first time next year (2015)! I'm also a keen nature photographer, and like very much the picture galllery here. I like a little 'bicycle art' with my information :o)

I find that the best websites out there, are the ones written and produced by individual people themselves who care about what they are giving to the world, as opposed to a profit making organisation or company... so well done Hilary and Steven for giving us this website!! "It's really Gouda!" :o)

Kurt in the UK, and his trusty bike "Silver"!

Monty West

posted on Friday, 12 December 2014 21:39

Hi, I've moved to Holland this year and I'm really enjoying the cycling - your website has provided some great information but I have one question: what gps can you recommend for cycling in NL? I use my Garmin Nuvi in my car all the time and it saves a lot of map-reading. I'd like to be able to download cycle routes e.g. some of your gpx files.

Thanks, Monty

Hilary Staples

posted on Monday, 15 December 2014 16:02

Hi Monty,

Any Garmin GPS should do, as long as it has the option to save a route. The Garmin Oregon600 is supposed to be user friendly as it works the same way as a smartphone.

Should you want to try before you buy: for a small fee you can rent the Oregon600 via one of the Bever outdoor shops. See: http://www.bever.nl/index.cfm/fuseaction/pages.service/sub/verhuur (in Dutch).

Jay R

posted on Sunday, 17 August 2014 03:01

My wife and I are traveling from Portland, Oregon, USA. We have a trip planned to bike one-way between Amsterdam and Bruges. Sept 3-12.

It seems quite easy, EXCEPT for concerns about the wind. What is the predominant wind direction? We are thinking going Bruges to Amsterdam - and hope to have the wind at our back. Is this correct?

PS: Great site in English - !

Hilary Staples

posted on Sunday, 17 August 2014 10:23

Hi Jay,

The prevailing wind in Holland is West to South West. See our page:  When to go. So going from Bruges to Amsterdam gives you the best chance of having the wind from behind.

Enjoy your trip. It's a lovely route.

Robert Reynolds

posted on Friday, 25 July 2014 14:47

Hello,

Last month (June) a friend and I spent two amazing weeks cycling Holland with the help of this wonderful sites resources. We had not one problem and info provided here on this site assured us one memorable trip! I've recommended this site (and cycling in the Netherlands ) to many cycling friends. Thank you!

Robert

anna

posted on Sunday, 15 June 2014 12:58

Hi there !

I am going to do Zuiderzee Route this summer! I need some help! At first I'd like to know if July is a good month for one week bike travel  ? Won't it be very hot? At second how much will cost the rent of bike for me for one week? And at last I've heard that Zuiderzee Route isn't very difficult..I mean there are no hills or mountains...is it true ?  I am not professional and not very...sportive girl ))))))))))))))))))))

Thanks in adv 

Hilary Staples

posted on Monday, 16 June 2014 08:36

Hi Anna,

Obviously I can't give any predictions how warm it is going to be this July - you can be lucky or unlucky. The average temperature in July is around 23 degrees Celcius, which is great for cycling! See: When to go. Usually there's a breeze around the Zuiderzee, so even on really hot days, it can feel quite cool and be very pleasant for cycling. On days like this you catch more sun than you realise, so be careful to drink enough and protect yourself against the sun.

Renting a touring bike with gears for a week will cost about 75 euro. You can rent a bike without gears for less, but the added benefits of a good bike with gears by far outweigh the difference in price. You're right, Holland is flat (though you will have to cycle up some dykes) and the great thing is that you don't need to be a sportive girl to cycle here! Just do as many kilometres a day as you feel happy with and enjoy the lovely countryside and sights along the route. That's what we do!

Ben

posted on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 03:13

I can't tell you enough how helpful this website is. I'm from Australia and coming over in August for a wedding. I really wanted to bring my own bike with me but it's way too much hassle, especially given how easy it should be for me to hire a bike over there!

Anyways keep up the awesome work!

Ben

Itzik Yoffe

posted on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 10:11

We, a couple at the age of 60, plan to visit Holland on August 2014 for about a week. We'll have a car and carry our own bikes. The enormous availability of bicycle trails is confusing so it is very difficult to plan.

I'd request your recommendations for up to 10 daily trips (every day separate), 60-90 Km each, that will allow us to see the most beautiful landscape and monuments.

Thanks,
Itzik Yoffe

Hilary Staples

posted on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 10:18
Hi Itzik,
 
You are right, there are so many bicycle trails in Holland that it can be quite confusing. That's why we are busy making a series of day trips especially for cyclists from abroad. They take you by bike to the Dutch highlights, combining the beautiful landscape with places of interest we feel you really should see.
 
For our day trips go to: http://www.holland-cycling.com/where-to-go/day-trips - more routes are to follow before August, so check out our site for more.
 
Our routes are shorter than the 60-90 km you would like to ride. This is because we have allowed time to look around towns, museums and other tourist attractions. You can easily adapt our routes to any length you like by using the numbered cycle network. Here are some suggestions for extending some of the routes we have on our site now. With a good map you shouldn't have much trouble finding your own way.
 
Alkmaar Cycle Route - also go to Bergen aan Zee and follow LF1 through dunes to Hondsbosse Zeewering, return via windmills along Hondsbosse Vaart

Apeldoorn Cycle Route - can be combined with Nationaal Park De Hoge Veluwe (we hope to publish a route here this summer)

Arnhem Airborne Route - from the Ginkelese Heide you can take a longer route via Edese Heide and National Park Planken Wambuis to Oosterbeek

Camp Westerbork Cycle Route - add a detour past the megalithic tombs (all marked on the ANWB Fietskaart series) to Borger

Delft Cycle Route - from Maasluis you can add a detour to beach and dunes at Hook of Holland, or fortress town of Brielle in Zeeland

Linge Cycle Route - continue along the Linge to Gorinchem. From here you might like to take a ferry to the fortress town of Woudrichem or the famous Slot Loevestein castle

Marken Cycle Route - take the ferry from Marken to Volendam and cycle back along the dyke

Our Middelburg Cycle Route can be combined with our Vlissingen Cycle Route

Zaanse Schans Cycle Route - you can follow the LF7 from the centre of Amsterdam to Zaandam and then start the route, or add a more rural detour through the Schermerpolder

sharon

posted on Monday, 31 March 2014 21:13

Thank you for a great site. This is first time I am visiting and there is just so much useful and relevant info in one place. Excellent! It would have taken me several cycling trips to holland to discover all of this. I feel inspired and enabled to plan a longer cycling holiday in Holland for the summer. Thank you :)

Greg Geddes

posted on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 10:39
I was wondering under the Openbaar Vervoer = public transport bicycle scheme, can you pick up a bike at one train/bus station and drop it of at another train/bus station in a different town? That way you could travel all around Netherlands without returning to the same station to drop off a bike and go from town to town always to a new location   you like the place stay a couple of days  and then again rent a bike and proceed to your next destination  and do it again. Is this possible???

Hilary Staples

posted on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 12:44

Hi Greg,

Yes, this is allowed, but you do pay an additional fee for this service - at the moment this is 10 euro. There are some restrictions:

  • You can't return the bike to smaller train stations with a self-service system.
  • Only regular bikes are allowed to be dropped off at a different location - electric bikes are excluded

Cycling from train station to train station is an excellent way of exploring Holland. And if you plan your journey well, you always have the wind from behind!

Carla

posted on Monday, 04 November 2013 11:20

What a beautiful website. You definitely know how to propagate the joy of cycling in Holland! 

Evelien

posted on Saturday, 02 November 2013 14:40

I just had a first look at your site.

There is a lot of information available about cycling in The Netherlands, you brought it together in a way that makes it  much more easy to find for foreigners. 

The daytrips-section  will be extended, I presume? Seems like a nice job to me...

Congratulations and good luck.

Hilary Staples

posted on Sunday, 03 November 2013 09:01

We're very happy to hear you like our site. And you're absolutely right: the two routes in our day trips section are just the beginning. The coming months we'll be publishing a number of new routes to popular destinations. So keep checking out the site.

Helena

posted on Friday, 25 October 2013 11:13

I love the website it has great and really useful information on it. I hope t is successful. I'm going to forward it on to Christien my Dutch friend.

Hilary Staples

posted on Sunday, 11 August 2013 14:29

Welcome to our guest book!

Do you have any questions, comments and suggestions about this site? Have you found a broken link? Do you want to tell us about your cycling experiences in Holland? We'd love to hear what you have to say. Please leave a message, or contact us at: info@holland-cycling.com.