Cycle racing in Zeeland
Home, sweet home! Zeeland has got just the right mix to get a racing cyclist all worked up: wind, cobblestones, straight polder roads and a phenomenal cycling tradition. It is here that cycling heroes of the likes of Jo de Roo, Jan Raas and Johnny Hoogerland grew up. The tradition lives on: in 2010, our dikes, bridges and roads formed the perfect backdrop for several coastal stages of the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia.
Four routes are named after the greatest Zeeland cyclists of all time: Jo de Roo, Keetie van Oosten-Hage, Theo Middelkamp and Jan Raas. Each of them has a route in their name in the part of the province where they were born. In addition, if you really want to hammer away in our legendary winds, we have just the route for you, over the Delta Works.
Jo de Roo route - 114 km
The Jo de Roo route takes you from lovely Zuid-Beveland to Noord-Brabant and back. Quite a challenge, with cobblestones, outer dikes and a modest climb.
Keetie van Oosten-Hage route - 86 km
The route crosses Tholen and Sint-Philipsland, where Van Oosten-Hage was born and raised. Much of the route is on breezy outer dikes, through extensive polders.
Theo Middelkamp route - 142 km
The Theo Middelkamp route goes the long way through Zeeland-Flanders and makes a short visit to Belgium. The countryside is rich is history, but the real Flemish influence you will feel in the saddle: cobblestones galore!
Jan Raas route - 101 km
The Jan Raas route takes in the charming Zak van Zuid-Beveland with its old polders and hawthorn bushes. Raas learned his cycling skills here, hurtling along the winding flower-covered dikes.
Zeeuwse Wind route - 126 km
This is one seriously sporting challenge – the Zeeuwse Wind Route – which De Roo, Van Oosten-Hage, Middelkamp and Raas never faced. In their days, this route over the Delta Works did not exist.
The routes have white signposts with red texts and symbols. The route is clockwise, so the signs are placed accordingly. There is no fixed starting or finishing point.
Mix up your stay here with a visit to one of our many sights. We have special packages for one or more days for groups of ten or more. Our famously briny cooking tastes just great, and with its rich protein content, you know it’s a good basis for your energy needs. For a listing of bike cafés, go here.
You agree: safety is paramount during a cycle race trip. It is what has guided us in the our selection of routes. They exclude as much as is feasible being routed over normal bike paths, to avoid other slow traffic.