Heaven on earth for cyclists. Take the Motieweg, with its 10% gradient.
Bertine  Kleinjan
Written by Bertine Kleinjan
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Cycling is more popular than ever. Mileage is important. As is speed. Not forgetting heart rate and cadence. The surroundings also make a difference - The only thing you need not worry about on the Sallandse Heuvelrug, the ultimate outdoor sports region in the Netherlands.


The Toeristenweg, between Holten and Nijverdal, is particularly well-known. This is thanks to its smooth surface and the bends, in combination with the hilly landscape and great views. It is a tough uphill ride in both directions. Also worth a mention is the Motieweg, with its 10% gradient. Another challenging ride is the Grote Koningsbelt (zuid/south), clocking in at 8%. Go on a weekday or try a Saturday or Sunday morning, there is less traffic at those times. Good to know: the most beautiful time is at the end of summer. A purple blanket of flowering heather covers the undulating landscape.

Een beste bult (A large lump)

In Salland, a mountain is called a ‘bult’ (lump). A high mountain is called a ‘beste bult’ (large lump). Officially, there are eight. Five more are situated just outside the National Park. The - sometimes steep - descents take you on asphalt and unpaved paths. The landscape looks different from a bike. Heathland, sand, hills and forests glide past. From purple to green and yellow. And back again. Keep you ears open, too... especially the jays are a very noisy bunch. They act like the forest police, alerting other forest dwellers to your presence.


Strava has the most beautiful routes, As well as <……> and <….> Parking is free at the three visitor’s centres: At the Outdoor Centre in Nijverdal, the Nature Museum in Holten and at Erve De Pas in Haarle. Terraces and welcoming restaurants come into view behind the undulating hills at regular intervals. You can also rinse off your bike here, if needed. Coffee? Or is it time for lunch?

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Bertine  Kleinjan
Bertine  Kleinjan
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