52 Amstel Gold Race weekend in Limburg
The Amstel Gold Race weekend is just around the corner again. After 12 months of preparations, it is always fantastic to welcome so many cyclists and fans to limburg. And this year they will get to revel in our two new highlights. Not only are we unveiling a brand new final lap for the 52nd amstel Gold Race, but after a long hiatus, the women’s event is
back on the programme.
After more than three years of preparations and countless discussions with different parties, we have come up with a concept that will do justice to the ladies edition of the Amstel Gold Race. The women’s teams will be presented at the same time as the men, start from the Markt in Maastricht 20 minutes after the men, complete four passes of the Cauberg and finish at the same place as the men.
Read here the official programm book of the 52 Amstel Gold Race:
Live TV coverage
We are also proud to report that NOS (National Dutch Broadcaster) will broadcast
the last 45 minutes of both the men’s and the women’s race live – a first for the international cycling world. Further, with Leontien van Moorsel as race director we could not wish for a better figurehead for the women’s peloton.
As of this year, the men will ride a revamped final lap of the Amstel Gold Race. the finish line will be at the same place, but we have scrapped the fourth and last ascent of the Cauberg. The race has undoubtedly seen worthy winners in recent years – Kreuziger, Gilbert, Kwiatkowski and Gasparotto –but the Cauberg can play too decisive a role in the closing kilometers. By deleting the last climb we hope to open up the race, rewarding attacking riders and making the race more appealing. It is now up to the riders and the teams to seize this opportunity.
For hundreds of thousands of cycling fans from all over the world, all eyes will be on limburg once again this Easter weekend. Many are set to flock to this crossborder region from not only the rest of the Netherlands but also nearby Belgium, Germany and luxembourg, including some 15,000 participants of the Tour Version (granfondo) of the Amstel Gold Race. Those who can’t make the trip to Valkenburg in person will undoubtedly be glued to the television. With this unique sporting event, we are truelly crossing borders!