Ronde van Midden Nederland history
The cycling race of the Ronde van Midden Nederland history goes back to 1948. In the first edition of the race history was made by Gerrit Voorting. Later that year he won the silver medal in the individual road race at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom. He was the elder brother of Olympic cyclist Adrie Voorting. In his professional career, Voorting won two Tour de France stages and wore the yellow jersey for four days. Voorting died on January 30th, 2015 at his home in Heemskerk the Netherlands at the age of 92.
In the decades that followed, the Round was won by many big names like Rik van Looy, Jan Janssen, Henk Nijdam, Jan Raas, Adri van Houwelingen, Jos Lammertink and Jacques Hanegraaf.
The Ronde van Midden Nederland as an event
In addition to the elite cycling race, the Round has a youth race and a sportive with trails for every level. These each have their own character.
The combination of all these activities, are the ingredients for a cycling festival.
The cycling classic was born out of an initiative of UW & TC Volharding. In 1952 the Ronde van Midden Nederland acquired the title ‘classic’ and since 1993, the volunteer organisation has been transformed into the Foundation Wielerpromotie Midden Nederland. With that the Round is one of the oldest official cycling classics in the Netherlands.
The race of 200 km, is held under the auspices of the UCI and is classified in category 1.2. This means that continental teams, national teams (LSE) and national selections will compete. Under the rules of the UCI there have to be at least six international teams at the start. The organisation can easily meet that because of the great interest of international teams. There can be no more than 25 teams of 8 riders at the start. The Round is a springboard for young talent to a professional career.
Max elevation: 72 m
Min elevation: -3 m
Total climbing: 2135 m
In the Netherlands and abroad, the Round built a reputation as a tough and well organised course. The alternation of hills and dikes in combination with the wind creates a race that always has a strong winner. Six years ago we decided to make the move to an international competition to achieve a stronger participants grid. Fulfilling a need for talent to prepare for the transition to a professional team. This policy has resulted in 2014 in the strongest field of competitors ever with top teams from various countries. In addition, Dutch teams that were about to take the step to a higher level.
After the start in Utrecht, the riders cross a parcours that leads them across the hills and the dikes around Wijk bij Duurstede and Nieuwegein to finish again in Utrecht.
The Round has a good reputation and in 2012 received a UCI jury report with a perfect score.
On the day the classic is ridden the youth races take place in the city making use of the start/finish line of the classic allowing the youth get the true feeling of racing in a classic. As an organisation, we start with the basics to let the children gain experience, but we want above all to provide a day of fun and activity.
The competitions are for boys and girls aged 7-15 years and are run in several categories.