Amstel Gold

Valkenburg - 14th April 2018

Rolling Hills

Terrain

Rolling

Holland

Country

Holland

Moderate

Difficulty

Moderate

Riders

Riders

12000

About Amstel Gold

Amstel Gold loops through the Ardennes hills of Limburg in the South East of the Netherlands. The rolling hills are in stark contrast to the traditional image of flat Holland, the route takes in the highest point of the country at 323m! This part of the country is very close to both the Belgian and German borders so take advantage of the excellent food and drink available. Limburg's cakes are the pride of the Netherlands! The pro race starts in the pretty city of Maastricht and finishes after the final climb of the raucous Cauberg - the ideal spot to watch the race live. Our guaranteed race entries come with a host of VIP touches; Parking close to the VIP, pavilion Race pack collection from the exclusive VIP desk, breakfast at the start and buffet at the finish and most importantly, shower and changing facilities. Not the usual sportive experience.

Aaron, Sportive Breaks Rider, 2017: "I simply had the privilege of forgetting about all the process and concentrate on the event. Which is exactly what I wanted to focus my efforts on. "

The Routes

There are 6 routes available, from 60km to the full distance 240km with 34 climbs. The Cauberg is the iconic final climb with locals packing the bars that line the bottom of the climb, cheering you on as you near the end of your suffering. The climbs are typically short and not too steep, it is the constant softening up that does the damage. However, climbs like the Gulpenberg and Eyserbosweg hit double digits and the Keutenberg hits 20% towards the end of the longer routes. The Dutch have an incredible network of cycle tracks and much of the route uses the car free lanes. The road surface is generally excellent but narrow which requires concentration.

240Km 240km

The full race distance takes in 34 hills and crossing briefly in Belgium. The hills come thick and fast with the steepest climbs in the last 50km of the race

DISTANCE  240 Km       ELEVATION   M.

150Km 150km

The 150km course has 11 climbs and splits from the long route avoiding the loop north of Valkenburg.

DISTANCE  150 Km       ELEVATION   M.

100Km 100km

The 100km version does a loop to the north of the takes in 7 hills including the Cauberg.

DISTANCE  100 Km       ELEVATION   M.

Where to Stay

Valkenburg

Valkenburg is the home of the Amstel Gold and the perfect base for the sportive. The bars and restaurants come alive during race weekend and the atmosphere is fantastic. The town is home to a spa to help recovery after a tough day in the hills

Maastricht

Maastricht is a beautiful Dutch city on the banks of the river Maas complete with cobbled streets and grand squares lined with inviting bars. The pro race starts here on Sunday morning and it is an easy drive to the start of the Sportive.

 

FAQs

Getting There

Driving from Calais is the easiest option, it is just over 3 hours driving through Belgium. Flights to Brussels and Eindhoven are possible.

Documents Required

Personal ID and your race number needed to collect race pack in Valbenburg

What to Pack

Changeable weather is the norm in this part of the world. Pack for rain and wind. The climbs are typically short and sharp so gearing for UK hills should suffice

Registration

Race entries can be collected from the VIP pavillion at the Amstel XPerience in Valkenburg on the morning of the race. (5:30 - 11:00AM) or Friday from 12:00-22:00

Start and Finish

Starting times:
6:30 - 9:00 250KM / 200KM
7:00 - 11:00 60KM / 100KM / 125KM / 150KM

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