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Almost three years have past since my last sponsortrip to raise money for the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Fund, so it's about time to start planning another one. This time the end destination won't be a return trip to Santiago de Compostela or Venice but a full trip around the North Sea.

Would you like to support the LRF via my North Sea Cycle Route 2009 trip, for instance per kilometre or a fixed amount of cash? Your financial support to the LRF will certainly have a positive effect on the amount of energy I have to put in to make this trip to a success. Your name (firm logo) will also appear on this website (section Sponsors). Please help, the LRF needs your money!


Let me introduce myself

Santiago de Compostela Name:Jan Smit
Employer:Atos Origin
Profession:UNIX System Engineer

English sports cars (owner of a Caterham Super Seven), archaeology, First World War, bicycle holidays, fossils, historic airplanes and mountaineering.


Previous bicycle trips

Below a short summary of the bicycle trips I have made so far. You will notice that over the years the total distance has increased quite substantial. When all is going to plan I will be soon adding some 5800 km to this year's total.


Training for these bicycle trips has always been the daily exercise to my workplace with the additional weekend trip of 50km. The preparation for my first trip to Switserland was quite simple: bought a new bike, packed my new Karrimor panniers the days before and simply went on holiday covering a first strech of 140 km. The physical condition needed for crossing the Belgian Ardennes appears to come while cycling.

Do not force in any way, take your time to absorb nature and soon the daily routine becomes addicted. And be honost: a little bit of hardship is all part of the deal (otherwise one would should have chosen another means of transportation).



11995242010 km

Utrecht, Maastricht, Selestat, Basel, Zürich, Basel, Strasbourg, Metz, Maastricht, Utrecht.

21998212300 km

Utrecht, Paris, Orléans, Tours, Chartres, Évreu, Honfleur, Le Havre, St. Omer, Vlissingen, Breda, Utrecht.

31999202400 km

Utrecht, Emmen, Bremen, Hamburg, Flensburg, Viborg, Århus, Köbenhaven, Putgarten, Hamburg, Bremen, Emmen, Utrecht.

42001283145 km

Utrecht, Heusden, Maastricht, Bettembourg, Charmes, Marnay, Thoirette, St. Donat, Orange, Avignon, Arles, Stes. Marie de la Mer, Orange, St. Donat, Thoirette, Charmes, Bettembourg, Maastricht, Best, Utrecht.

52004545454 km

Utrecht, Heusden, Maastricht, Bastogne, Châlons-sur-Marne Troyes, Vélay. St. Lénard, Rocamadour, Oloron Ste. Marie, Col de Somport, Jaca, Burgos, Leon, Santiago de Compostela, Leon, Burgos, Pamplona, St. Jean Pied de Port, Dax, Poitiers, Tours, Compiène, Tournai, Breda, Utrecht.

62006414300 km

Utrecht, Nijmegen, Remagen, Bingen, Heidelberg, Tübingen, Friedichshafen, Silvretta Alpenstrasse, Reschenpas, Trento, Verona, Ferrara, Venetië, Bassano, Trento, Reschenpass, Arlberg, Liechenstein, Oberalppas, Furka, Martigny, Genève, Lausanne, Neuchatel, Brugg, Basel, Selestat, Col du Donon, Metz, Vianden, Eupen, Maastricht, Venlo, Nijmegen, Utrecht.

  1. Onbegrenst fietsen van Amsterdam naar Rome - deel 1 (Paul Benjaminse);
  2. St. Jacobs fietsroute - deel 1 (Europafietsers);
  3. Jutland fietsroute (Europafietsers);
  4. Groene weg naar de Middellandse Zee (Europafietsers);
  5. Langs Oudewegen (Europafietsers),
    St. Jacobs fietsroute - deel 1 (Europafietsers),
    St. Jacobs fietsroute - deel 2 (Europafietsers),
    St. Jacobs fietsroute - deel 3 (Europafietsers);
  6. Reitsma’s Route naar Rome - deel 1 & 2 (Hans Reitsma),
    Rhein Radweg - Teil1: Von Andermatt nach Basel (Bikeline),
    Rhone Radweg: Von Andermatt nach Genf (Bikeline),
    Mitteland Route - Lausanne nach Romanshorn (Veloland Schweiz),
    Onbegrensd fietsen van Amsterdam naar Rome - deel 1 (Paul Benjaminse).

  Nordseeküstenradweg, deel 2

Fietskaart van Denemarken

Cykelsparet Bohuslan - Goteborg naar Noorse grens

Sykkelguide Nordsjoruta - Halden naar Kristiansand

NN1E Aberdeen to John o’ Groats, Orkney & Shetland;

NN1 Fakenham to Harwich