What can you expect?
The route, constantly and wonderfully maintained by the MTB Lelystad Foundation, alternates single tracks with more relaxed paths. Every now and then we share a wide sandy path, the rest is especially for mountain biking. The single tracks are designed in a variety of ways: from super fast to technical with surprises. Cockpit turns and bunny hops have been made: at full speed they can give a big jump! Additional hills have also been built at NAP height: 4.8m!
In need of some extra technical challenge? Then the orange signs can be followed.
You can start the route at:
- Parking Gelderse Hout, 8212 PA in Lelystad (directly on Oostranddreef)
- Camping Buytenplaets Suydersee, Badweg 1, 8223 PA in Lelystad
The mountain bike route Lelystad goes through various municipal forests of Lelystad and the forests of Staatsbosbeheer (Gelderse Hout and Zuigerplasbos). The 31-kilometer route was created by the Flevoland Tourist Club in consultation with the municipality of Lelystad and Staatsbosbeheer. Since 2015, the route has been managed by the MTB Lelystad Foundation.
Nature of the route:
The route starts from the parking lot 'het Gelderse Hout'. You can also start from Camping Buytenplaets Suydersee, from where you will be led via a green approach route to the route at the Runderweg. From there it is left under the bridge over the concrete cycle path. After about 300 meters the route turns left into a small single track. Via various challenging winding single tracks through, among other things, the Overijsselse Hout you arrive at the Bergbos. The Bergbos lives up to its name, because it has some short climbs, steep descents and a few technical and tricky extra parts. These extra pieces are indicated with red arrows! Via various single tracks you arrive at the largest forest: the Zuigerplasbos. Here you will find a very varied round with a length of 9.5 kilometers. The route in the Zuigerplasbos contains sections on Schotter paths as well as winding single tracks and various technical transitions. After the crossing over the Zuigerplasdreef you drive over winding single tracks, pieces of pump track and artificially created hills in the direction of sports park Langezand. Behind this is again camping Buytenplaats Suydersee. However, if you want to finish the entire 31 kilometer route towards the starting location Gelderse Hout, there will be more single tracks and a nice final round through the Gelderse Hout. This part is characterized by the beautiful nature. You can regularly encounter a fox or deer. Due to all the adjustments, this route is also good to drive in winter. The route can easily be divided into parts.
Do you not own a mountain bike, but do you want to cycle? Camping Buytenplaets Suydersee. (buytenplaets-suydersee.nl/mtb-verhuur-en-startpunt/) is directly connected to the MTB route by means of a track. A starting point has been set up on this site where you can clean your bicycle after the ride with a high-pressure cleaner and / or a compressor. Of course you can also use the sanitary facilities and / or take a shower. In addition, they rent out beautiful Cube bicycles for € 25.00 per day, including a helmet for your own safety. There are 4 bicycles available in the 17-21 inch range, all 29-ers. Of course you will receive a repair kit for when the need arises.
The route is marked with wooden posts with the international MTB sign in brown and white (triangle with 2 circles underneath).
A GPS track file is available.
The starting coordinates are: N 52.507823, E 5.513289.
Maintenance and developments on the route can be followed via Facebook Foundation MTB Lelystad (www.facebook.com/StichtingMTBLelystad/). Note: On some parts you have to take oncoming traffic into account! The mountain bike route in Lelystad is a fast route, so make sure you do not pass the MTB signs.
Would you like more information about the route, a route video or the experiences of others? Then take a look at: www.mtbroutes.nl/route/1203/Lelystad