Bikes of Race Around the Netherlands GX 2023
16 June, 2023
For the first time the Race Around the Netherlands will hit the gravel tracks. A distance of 1,230km of racing with a mere 3,220m of climbing is deceptive; what doesn't go up, can't come down and therefore gets no rest. Riders will consistently be pushing the pedals as there are no easy kilometres in this race.
Weight becomes less of an issue with these statistics, but it does mean aerodynamics are evermore important. Staying true to its nature with flat fast sections, this time riders will just need a little more tyre to tackle this gravel race.
Follow along with commentary veteran, Julia Freeman's, commentary here.
Casper van Wijck
Name: Casper van Wijck
Cap number: 48
Location: Renkum, the Netherlands
Bike: Self build bamboo gravel frameset. SRAM XPLR Rival AXS groupset. HUNT 35 Carbon X-wide wheels with Schwalbe g-one RS 40mm tires. Pro stealth saddle, Ergon cf seatpost, Decathlon aerobars and Pro discover 20degree flare handlebar.
Key items of kit: Bags from AGUm, Alpkit bivvy, Aexissmax down bag, Therm-a-Rest uberlite and Decathlon downjacket. Repair kit: mini pump, innertubes, multitool, tyre levers, plugs, powerbank and first aid kit.
Armwarmers, legwarmers, Windjacket and gloves.
Lenzyne lights front and Bontrager flare rear.
Name: Michèle Linz
Cap number: 24
Bike: Niner RLT 9 with 1x12 SRAM Force XPLR. Black Inc Carbon Wheels and 42mm Specialized Pathfinder Pro.
Key items of kit: Topeak Frame Bags.
Name: Markus Linz
Cap number: 21
Bike: Niner RLT 9 Steel with SRAM Force AXS XPLR 12-speed, Zipp Aero Bars and DT-Swiss Carbon Wheels with Specialized Pathfinder Pro 47mm.
Key items of kit: Ortlieb bikepacks, Supernova lights and Garmin Edge 1030 Plus.
Richard de Boer
Name: Richard de Boer
Location: Laren, Netherlands
Bike: Sensa Merano. Dutch brand MTB. Everything Shimano XT. Drivetrain however modified to 1x10 sp. Only the chai wheel had to be replaced by Wolftooth dropstop A 34t. Aerobar with BBB lamp and Edge 530 GPS. With remote control. Tires Schwalbe Almotion 29x2 inch tubeless. I need a double saddle cover on a soft saddle.
Key items of kit: Rockbros framebag and tank bag. Revelate Designs saddle bag. Exped compression bag tied under aerobar. 2 Btwin food pouches. Running backpack with food addition. (Framebag filled with food.) Aegismax sleeping bag with neolight mattress. Yet to decide between bivvy or tarp. Glowworm additional lamp. 2 drinking bottles 0,8L in sidepull cages. No bladder.
Name: Gemma Adelaar
Cap number: 44
Location: The Netherlands
Bike: Ridley Kanzo gravel bike. My bike has Shimano Ultegra and GRX parts with 40 mm Schwalbe G One Bite tubeless set up. It also still has the titanium rack on, but I choose for this event not to use panniers due the sound the bags make on rougher terrain.
Key items of kit: Ortlieb 16 ltr saddle bag, Restrap frame bag and top tube bag and Rapha bar bag.
Richard de Boer
Name: Richard de Boer
Location: Laren, Netherlands
Bike: Sensa Merano MTB. Shimano XT modified to 1x10 drivetrain. Using Wolftooth dropstop A 34T chainwheel. Rest unchanged. Schwalbe 29x2 inch tires tubeless. Aerobar. 2 standart water bottles in sidepull cages. No bladder. Pump and spare inner tube tied on upper frame.
Key items of kit: Tankbag and framebag Rockbross for food. Saddle bag Revelate Designs (L) for sleeping bag + Neolight mattress + bivvy (or tarp). Exped compression bag tied under aerobar for clothes. Small running backpack for addional food. Rainwear in front fork cage. Other fork cage yet to decide. BBB lamp 1500 lm fixed on aero. Glowworm 1200 Lm spare in bag with helmet mount. Garmin Egde 530. Smartphone with SPconnect mount on ahead (Osmand+ for detailed navigation). 20000 mAh battery in bag + charger.
Name: paul berkhout
Cap number: 84
Location: 't Harde NL
Bike: J.Guillem Atalaya, Shimano GRX 810 2x11, Profile Design aerobar. Lights Fenix BC25R (x2), Ortlieb quick rack, tyres Panaracer Gravelking 43mm
Key items of kit: 2 food pouches on the handlebar, Ortlieb panniers 2x 20 l and enough space on top of the rack for extra luggage. This is my setup for the upcoming Three Peaks Bike Race, Ratn GX is some kind of test-ride.
Name: Imran Shaikh
Cap number: 33
Location: Harrogate UK
Bike: Moots routt 45, Dt Swiss etc wheels, Shimano GRX 800 groupset. Have trialed the bike on the king Alfred’s way in the UK it’s ready for the big challenge.
Key items of kit: Apidura racing top tube bag and aerobatic pack, Ortlieb frame bag, Quad Lock phone mount, Profile Design aero bars and 40mm tyres.
Name: Fiona Sharp
Cap number: 07
Location: York, UK.
Bike: Charlie - a Trek Checkpoint SLR7. SRAM Force 1x and Rotor 155mm cranks. Bontrager Aeolus RSL 37V wheels with 40mm Bontrager GR1 tyres.
Key items of kit: Tailfin tailpack, Restrap Aero bar bag, Bontrager frame pack and Apidura top tube bag. Sleep system is a Nordisk Lofoten 1 tent with a Sea to Summit sleeping bag, sleeping mat and pillow - I like my comforts! Exposure Strada and Diablo front lights and Bontrager Flare rear lights. I'll also be using an Apidura hydration vest.
Name: Geert Toenders
Cap number: 54
Location: Driebergen, The Netherlands
Bike: Ridley Crossbow
Key items of kit: Duck Tape pannier bags, bivvy bag and sleeping bag, frame bag and front wheel with charging hub.
Name: Stijn Kingma
Cap number: 95
Location: Den Haag, The Netherlands
Bike: Idworx oPinion Ti with Pinion P1.18, 165mm cranks, Profile Designs airstryke aero pads and Continental Race King tyres.
Key items of kit: Front: Revelate Designs harness, dry bag (tent) and egress pocket (electronics and personal care items) attached to a handlebar mount and a Restrap bumper bar. Middle: Apidura frame pack (food, rain jacket, pump, small bike lock and a few small repair items), downtube pack (repair kit I hope not to use) and two food pouches (water bottle and food). Back: dry bag strapped with Voile straps (sleeping mattress, quilt and a few clothes).
Remco 'Ollie Rolly' Baas
Name: Remco 'Ollie Rolly' Baas
Cap number: 8
Location: Aalsmeer The Netherlands
Bike: Scott Speedster 30
Key items of kit: To Tent or to bivy that's the question! Aerobars and small front pouches. Think I have assembled a package of total joy!
Name: Timo Klok
Cap number: 41
Location: Utrecht, the Netherlands
Bike: Genesis Croix de Fer 20 (steel) with Shimano Tiagra, DT Swiss R500db wheels + Schwalbe G1 Bite 40mm tyres and BBB Aerobars.
Key items of kit: Ortlieb Seat Pack for clothing, Ortlieb Frame-pack top tube for spare parts, tools and hygiene stuff. Restrap Bar Pack for food mostly and Restrap Top Tube Bag for quick access to food and electronics.
Name: Werner Velis
Cap number: 20
Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
Bike: Scott Speedster gravel
Key items of kit: Different bike, but with the same frame bag, saddle bag and mini back pack as last year for RATN 2022. My slogan for 2023 is; "alles wat je niet meeneemt is mooi meegenomen".
Name: Toni Säilä
Location: Berlin, Germany
Bike: Bombtrack Hook2, SRAM Force 1 x 11, DT Swiss Wheels, SON Dynamo and Supernova Lights.
Key items of kit: Apidura Handlebar Bag, Cyclite Frameback, Pannier Rack and Vaude Bags. Mammoth Biwak, Sea To Summit Sleeping Mat and Cumulus Sleeping Bag.
Name: Konstantinos Pachnis
Cap number: 63
Location: Athens, GR
Bike: I will be riding a Bombtrack Hook EXT 2021/22. The bike is setup with SRAM Rival drivetrain and breaks, and a Bombtrack crank. Thomson cockpit, DT Swiss custom wheels, Panaracer Gravelking SK+ tires and an ERGON SR Allroad Core Pro saddle.
Key items of kit: The Apidura Expedition Series packs and Gloworm XS Lightset (G2.0).
Joeri Van Ginneken
Name: Joeri Van Ginneken
Cap number: 60
Bike: Scott Scale 930, Giant XCR2 wheels with Vittoria Terrano Dry 2.1 tires tubeless setup.
Key items of kit: Hide My Bell, Pro Saddle Bag, Toppeak Top Bag, Sigma Buster 2000 Headlight and Garmin Edge 1030.
Name: Niels Ihrman
Cap number: 80
Location: Knegsel, the Netherlands
Bike: Bombtrack Hook EXT GRX800 48-31 in the front. Shimano SLX 11-40t in the rear. Wheels are 700C with 38 mm Teravail Washburns . Cane Creek eeSilk+ seat post to filter out the bigger bumps.
Key items of kit: Bags: Apidura Expedition full frame bag + 1.5L Hydration bladder, Tailfin Aeropack handlebar pack are also Apidura Expedition. Sleeping kit: Exped Synmat HL LW, Cumulus quilt 250 and an Outdoor Research Helium Bivy. kLite Ultra V2 Gravel headlight.
Name: Eelco Meuter
Bike: Bike: Canyon Inflite AL 9s, DT Swiss CRC 1400 wheels, Gravelking TLC SK 700/32 tyres, Shimano Ultegra groupset with a 52/36 Rotor chainset and an 11-28 11-speed cassette. 160 mm disk brakes and Favero Assioma Uno power meter pedals.
Accessories: Tubus disco rear carrier, Knog PWR trail front light, B&M 2C rear light, Crankbrothers Klic HV pump, Ortlieb micro saddle bag, AXA Defender lock, Garmin Edge 530 and 2x 0.75L Canyon bottles.
Key items of kit: Bags: my trusty 25 yr old Ortlieb classic front panniers, Brooks scape top tube bag and Brooks scape handle bar pouch.
Sleeping system: MSR Hubba Hubba 2, Lowland ultralight down sleeping bag, silk liner and Therm-a-Rest Venture Air.
Cooking: Opinel + bamboo spork, MSR PocketRocket Deluxe, PRIMUS Litech Trek Kettle, isolating mug, GSI Outdoors Ultralight Java Drip filter (THE most important item) and Coffee!
Bad weather: Arc'teryx isolated jacket, Henri Lloyd GoreTex jacket and Vaude rain trousers.
Name: Jamie Clowes
Cap number: 69, dudes!!!
Location: Lake District, Cumbria, England
Bike: A custom Ti Terra Nova from the amazing Adam at Terra Cycling in Surrey. Built to pay homage to a second hand bike my dad built up for me when I was a kid. GRX groupset. Deda bars and a Ti stem. Hunt 4 Season X-Wide wheels, tubeless 40mm WTB Byway tyres. Pro Stealth Performance saddle. Ti seatpost. Wolftooth finishing kit. Supacaz bar tape.
Key items of kit: I'm doing the race as part of a bigger 3 week trip raising money for charity, so I have quite a lot of kit. Bags are a mix of Alpkit, Ashdown Bags, Tailfin and Restrap, with a custom frame bag (not pictured) from my friend Josh at Ashdown Bags, a Tumbleweed Mini Pannier rack and Tight Bicycle Co bar bag supports. A Rab Ridge Raider bivvy, Alpkit bag and SeaToSummit mat. Lights are from mtb batteries. Anker 20K powerbank. Garmin eTrex 10 for the battery life. 2.5L of water.
Name: Patrick Bruns
Cap number: 94
Location: Almelo, the Netherlands
Bike: Pilot Scram Pinion
Key items of kit: Front; Ortlieb Fork-pack 5.9, handlebar-pacl 9l, Fuel-pack 1l Frame: Porcelain Rocket 52hz full frame bag. Back: Vaude Trailsaddle 12l. Rack: homemade + Blackburn outpost/ Klean kanteen 2l bottles
Sleep system: tent; Hilleberg Rajd, Sea to Summit ultralight mat, Exped pillow and Fjallraven summer sleeping bag.
Lucky item: My bike
Name: Nanke Stein
Location: Kranenburg, Germany
Bike: Bike: Trek checkpoint SL 6, Vision TLR 40 carbon rims, Schwalbe G-One Allround 40mm (not in picture), Shimano Ultegra groupset, Ultegra chainset 50/34 and Ultegra 11-32 cassette 11 speed and Profile design Sonic Ergo 45AR Aero bars.
Key items of kit: Ortlieb saddle bag 16.5l (sleep system), Apidura Long Top tube race bag (snacks + power bank), Apidura frame race bag with 1.5l water bladder (clutter), Revelate Designs Harness with dry bag (clothing), Wahoo Bolt, Lezyne 1000xl light set and tool bottle.
Name: Chris Pountney
Cap number: 49
Location: Live in Fredericia, Denmark. From the UK.
Bike: Canyon Endurace AL6. Shimano Tiagra, Schwalbe G-one Allround tyres (40mm).
Key items of kit: Topeak saddle and frame bags, with a generic bum bag strapped to the handlebars - easy to access and seems to work well, let’s see! Sol Escape bivy, lightweight sleeping bag and mattress for the nights. Plus a ton of power banks as I plan to use phone for navigation.
Name: Charles Delorme
Cap number: 30
Location: Antony, France
Bike: Kona Rove 2021, Shimano Sora 9 speed 50/34t x 11-34. Rims WTB STi23 Tires Hutchinson Touareg 650x47 tubeless. Dynamo hub Shimano DH-UR795-3D and since it is my every day bike, it also has a Topeak luggage rack :-)
Key items of kit: Saddle bag Zefal Z Adventure R17, top tube, half frame, food pouch, fork bag, bottles and phone support Decathlon. Tool box Zefal Z-Box, Light Front Busch Müller Luxos and Backup light Decathlon ST920.
Name: Hendrik Venema
Cap number: Unknown
Location: Nijmegen, Netherlands
Bike: Trek Checkpoint SL6, SRAM Force AXS shifters and XPLR 10-44t cassette (new cassette and it's way), 44t Wolftooth chainring, Bontrager Aeolus Pro 3V wheels, Schwalbe G-One RS 40mm tires.
Key items of kit: The bags are a mix of Bontrager (frame), Restrap (toptube) and Apidura (saddlebag), and a Apidura musette for grocery raids. Glowworm headlight, Bontrager taillight. Sleep system consists of a comfy Sea to Summit sleeping mat, Sea to Summit Reactor liner, Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer downjacket and depending on night temperatures a Lowland sleepingbag. Bags will keep all the repair stuff, tools and two Tubolito innertubes, powerbank and a stack of Maurten drinkmix. Last but not least a drawing of my children will surely fit in.
Name: Kees Overboom
Location: Woerden, The Netherlands
Bike: My bike is a Salsa Cutthroat. It's equipped with a Shimano GRX-600 groupset with a 11:34 cassette. I useTufo Gravel Thundero 44mm tires, perfect for the mixed surface terrain ahead. The Fratelli rims with a Son hub dynamo and Son Edelux II front light and Ravemen and Sigma back lights must ensure I have reliable lighting throughout the race. I use Revelate and RockBross bags, which I can extend if needed. My Gilles Berthoud saddle on a Redshift seat post and Profile Design aero bars promise me comfort during the long hours ahead. Two Garmin Edge 830s complete my setup, ensuring me I have all the route information I need.
Key items of kit: Tufo Gravel Thundero 44mm tires. They have low rolling resistance but hopefully provide me with the grip I need on the non-tarmac surfaces.
Name: Ed Schinkel
Cap number: 31
Location: Purmerend Netherlands
Bike: Bombtrack Hook ext. Steel frame, taken me to a lot of places. The drivetrain is a mix of Shimano Ultegra, GRX and XT. Hope brakes. Hope rear hub. SON dh for light and power. DT 28” rims, Sapim spokes, homebuild of course 😊. Specialized Pathfinders pro tires.
Key items of kit: SON head and rear light. Exposure Light USB lights as backup set. Ritchey Venture Max handle bar with a profile design tt bar for my convenience. Testing the new WTB Gravelier saddle, thus far very good. My bags are a mix of Porcelain Rocket, Restrap and Ortlieb for this race. King Cage cages. Sea to Summit mat and pillow, cumulus sleeping bag. OD research waterproof bivy, or a MLD waterresitant bivy. Maybe with a 200grm tarp. Depending on the weather forecast. UL cooking gear for thee and morning coffee and dinner.
Cap number: 74
Location: Arnhem, Netherlands
Bike: The classic Surly Straggler 700c, 1x11 SRAM Rival 42t in the front and 11t-46t SunRace cassette in the back, combined with mechanical Avid bb7 disc brakes. Carbon Hunt 4 season gravel x-wide wheels with a SON28 dynamo and Edelux II light upfront and a rearlight, including B&M charging device. Tire choice for this race are Terravail 42mm Cannonball upfront and a more slick 42mm Washburn for the rear wheel. Salsa Cowchipper wide bars and Brooks cambium saddle.
Key items of kit: My good old Ortlieb saddle, frame and possible handlebar bag. Not sure about the last one. I made a adjustment to the framebag so I can carry an extra 1.8L Apidura bladder and hose. I bought a Topstone Wishbone to be able to mount 2 bottlecages on the back (not in picture).
Name: Benjamin Wessel
Cap number: 29
Location: Bielefeld, Germany
Bike: Cannondale Topstone Carbon, Shimano GRX 46/30, DTSwiss RR481 with DT240 wheelset, tubeless Conti Terra Speed in front and Vittoria Terreno Zero in back, Rose aero bars
Key items of kit: Specialized Burra Burra seat pack, Apidura frame and top tube bag, handlebar sea to summit dry bag, 2x decathlon food pouch
Name: Winfred Peereboom
Cap number: 98
Location: Katwijk, Netherlands
Bike: Rondo Ruit X, Shimano GRX 11 speed, Pathfinder tires and Hunt wheels.
Key items of kit: Ortlieb saddle and framebag and a custom front bag.
Name: Jurjen Draaijer
Cap number: 25
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Bike: Salsa Cutthroat, Schwalbe G-one RS 40 Tubeless Tires, Son dynamo hub, Sinewave cycles beacon dynamo light.
Key items of kit: Petzl headlamp, Full frame bag, Saddle bag and top tube bag from Apidura, Gore Shakedry rainjacket, Sierra backcountry bivvy and Syntace c3 Aero bars.
Marcel van der Molen
Name: Marcel van der Molen
Cap number: 76
Location: Sneek, Netherlands
Bike: Soma Jawbone. Custom Built steel frameset with steel fork. Built with Shimano Ultegra 8000 shifters, Ultegra rear-derailler with 10-30 cog. In the front an SLX MTB shifter with Rotor 38-25 oval crankset. Components (Steer, Stem and Saddle Post) from PRO. My trusty saddle is a Selle San Marco Regale. Off-course built with wheels from the best wheelbuilder in the world, ForceWheelz. Topped off with some Rene Herse Fleecer Ridge 55mm wirde.
Key items of kit: I use a combination of Restrap and Ortlieb bags. The ortliebs go on the front- and rear-rack and the Restrap packs under and up the top-tube.
Name: Geert Toenders
Cap number: 54
Bike: Specialized Tricross. This is actually the bike I normally use around town to do grocery shopping and such things, minus the fenders. My gravel bike broke down three days before the race and I transferred all equipment to my Specialized
Key items of kit: Duct tape pannier bags, Shimano charging hub in front wheel, Bivvy bag, Sleeping bag, Evoc frame bag which has space like the Tardis.
Name: Niels Rijsenbrij
Bike: Bombtrack Hook EXT
Key items of kit: Topbag Tailfin, Framebag AcePac, Seatbag AcePac and handlebarbag Vaude.
Name: Pjotr Hubin
Cap number: 77
Bike: Canyon Grizl Al.7
Key items of kit: My good old grizl
Name: Jan Schäfer
Cap number: 59
Location: Munich, Germany
Bike: Cannondale Topstone Carbon 2 with Shimano GRX 810, Leeze CC50 with Schwalbe G-One RS, Garmin Rally XC 200 pedals, Profile Design Sonic Ergo aerobars
Key items of kit: Apidura racing saddle bag 7l, frame bag 4l, top tube bag. Lupine SL AX. No sleeping setup, sleeping mask and earpods ;).Camera and hopefully a lot of food.
Name: Josette Voskuilen
Cap number: 23
Location: De Meern, Netherlands
Bike: Bulls Daily Grinder 3 and tyres 40mm Schwalbe G-one allround.
My first long distance bike race, so what do I say? Hope that I can say afterwards that my bike has become one of my best friends during the race. Trustworthy, stable, easy going and supporting during hard times.
Key items of kit: Topeak back loader (mostly for clothes and food). Topeak front loader (mostly for things I hope not to need). Deuter framebag (mostly bike maintenance stuff and personal energy supplies).
Name: Folkert Zwiers
Bike: Wikkit 7X with SRAM Force groupset.
Key items of kit: Lambda Racing X wing handlebars. Cranktank.
Name: Remco Baas
Cap number: 8
Location: Aalsmeer, the Netherlands
Bike: Scott Speedster Gravel 30. Shimano GRX 400 10 speed, front 2 speed. Tyres are Schwalbe G-one Allround on the rear and Smart Sam on the front. Xlc aerobars.
Key items of kit: Bivy and tent.
Gert Jan Schilder
Name: Gert Jan Schilder
Cap number: 53
Location: Amstelveen, The Netherlands
Bike: Giant Revolt Custom with Giant CXR 1 Rims and Schwalbe G-One RS (40mm) tires. Shimano GRX810 11 speed group set (48-31 x 11-34). A Stages Power crank is mounted. Hopefully this help me to manage my energy. Giant carbon aero bars are mounted on a handlebar with 20deg flare. A Giant Approach SL saddle. This time no dynamo hub but 4 rechargeable lights. Front: Lezyne 1300XL and Lezyne KTV. Back: Lezyne Laserdrive and BBB Spirit).
Key items of kit: Apidura Aerobar Bag to store my sleeping system Apidura Toptube Bag for food and snacks. Two food pouches (AGU and Lezyne) for food, battery pack and other easy accessible stuff. Giant Frame Bag for spare materials and food. Revelate Saddle Bag for spare clothes and personal care stuff. Next to this I will cary a Cambelbak Chase for extra water and storage of food. To charge my lights and Garmin 830 I will bring 2 powerbanks. I'm riding in quiet a lean setup so basically every item of my kit is key!
Bike: Specialized Diverge Carbon, Wheels HUNT, Group SHIMANO GRX, Tyres: Schwalbe G-one Allround 40.
Key items of kit: Front light: Bontrager ION Pro R; Rear light: Lezyne.
Name: Pieter Mulder
Cap number: 96
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Bike: Lester Cycles, custom steel bike, Sram Force 1x11, Hunt All Season alu wheels with SON hub dynamo, Schwalbe G-one RS 40mm.
Key items of kit: Seat bag Apidura x Rapha, frame bag Restrap, top tube bag Restrap, bivi at the handlebar, Hammerhead navi, Super Nova lights.
Lennard van Oosten
Name: Lennard van Oosten
Cap number: 68
Location: Lissewege, Belgium
Bike: Canyon Grizl
Key items of kit: Pro saddle bag and toptube bag, Restrap aero barbag.
Name: Lucas Jezequel
Cap number: 70
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Bike: Focus Atlas 6.8
Key items of kit: Frenchy living in Amsterdam. RATNGX is my first ultra cycling race, super excited about this experience! I will be riding a Focus Atlas 6.8 with its original group set and wheels. I mounted the following: Schwalbe G-ONE RS tires, Profile Design 4525a aerobars, Garmin 1030 for the navigation. Finally, I am quite proud to say that I created my own set of bags (fully home made): handle pouch, food pouches, half frame bag and saddle bag. Let’s do this!!
Name: Laurens Dhaese
Location: Teteringen, Netherlands
Bike: Specialized Diverge
Key items of kit: Tailfin Aeropack aluminum, Apidura bags, Son dynamo lights.