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Following the launch of several successful coffee table books like The Great Road Climbs of the Southern Alps, The Great Road Climbs of the Pyrenees, and The Great Road Climbs of the Northern Alps, Rapha is introducing their latest publication – The Great Road Climbs of the Netherlands. Continuing to highlight the best cycling writing and photography available, the newest addition dives into the intimidating road climbs found throughout this great country…

With the grand opening of Cycle Club Amsterdam this month and the Tour de France setting off from Utrecht in July, Rapha are proud to introduce a new publication.

The Rapha Guide to the Great Road Climbs of the Netherlands is a uniquely unique niche cycling guide to the great cols of the Netherlands. Inspired by Admiral Francis Beaufort, the author – Edwin de Groot – combines careful meteorological research with a blustery narrative style, supported by beautiful photographic portrayals of the imposing landscapes taken by Peter Von Drinkel. It gives persuasive encouragement – if you needed any – to visit.

The Great Road Climbs of the Netherlands is not a conventional guide to the roads of Holland. Facts and guidance is offered on obscure and well-known Dutch mountains, but the gripping element is rather a highly variable scale of Beaufort. The variety and peculiarity of the wind and its direction leaves the reader with a colourful and memorable picture. As Joop Zoetemelk once said: “Headwinds are far more menacing and unpredictable then any Alpine pass.”

Climbs featured include:

  • De Afsluitdijk
  • Oosterscheldekering
  • Kanaaldijk Oost and West
  • De Vogelweg
  • Noordzeeroute
  • Oostvaardersdijk
  • Zuiderdijkweg
  • Haardijk-Banweg
  • Middenweg

Ja, dit is gewoon wat luchtig vermaak, dus wees niet beledigd. En natuurlijk, je kunt dit lezen, dus je weet wat er aan de hand is.


  1. Hey Bmanx,
    Somebody pee in your cornflakes this am? You need a sense of humor bud! And keep the jokes coming BR, Love em’ all!!

  2. Yeah the Netherlands have some great climbs but IMHO Nebraska has just as good if not better ascents. Everyone thinks Europe is the end-all-be-all of riding destinations, but wake up people! There is breathtaking riding here in the states too.

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