Sports brings out the very best of Gelderland!.

Beautiful Gelderland
Gelderland is widely known for its splendid nature conservation areas with the Veluwe as its crown jewel. Drifting sand, beautiful forests, extensive heathlands, roaming sheep herds and murmuring streams. In this beautiful scenery visitors can enjoy the many top attractions, famous museums, historic villages and gourmet restaurants. Feel like sheer royalty in the national museum Paleis het Loo or visit the Kröller Müller museum with its world-renowned paintings by Vincent van Gogh. Or go out on a bicycle and take in the beautiful nature.

With its population of over 2 million, Gelderland is the largest province of the Netherlands. It is located in the centre/east of the Netherlands, bordering on the German Federation State North Rhine-Westphalia. With this unique combination of culture and nature – at only an hour’s drive from Amsterdam – Gelderland has a lot to offer.

Gelderland invests in sports
Sports makes an important contribution to strengthening the region for inhabitants, businesses, visitors, athletes and sports enthusiasts alike. Gelderland is not only known for its nature and culture but has also made quite a name for itself thanks to the many (top) sports events and splendid sports accommodations such as Omnisport Apeldoorn and National Sports Centre Papendal.

Gelderland invests a great deal in sports and especially in the cycling sport. Every year, the province supports more than 20 top sports events and their side-events. This way the provincial authorities reinforce the economic and social impact on the region and make these sports events even more successful.

Gelderland hosts main (inter)national events at the level of National, European and World Championships in nearly all cycling disciplines. Papendal organises the UCI World Cup BMX every year, Apeldoorn will be the 2019 host for the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships and there are already plans for new WC ambitions. Together with the efforts in talent development and strengthening the Gelderland cycling infrastructure, these events earned the province the UCI Bike Region Label in 2017. The province has set up a strong network of sports organisations and complementary stakeholders such as businesses, schools, municipalities, etc. In addition to the cycling sport, Gelderland focuses on five other sports: athletics and walking, horse-riding, tennis and volleyball.

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