Amstel Gold

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Photo – Amstel Gold Experience by Teocalli

The first of the three Ardennes Classics, Amstel Gold takes place on the 21st April for both Men and Femmes.

For the Men this is the 54th edition and will run over approximately 240 Km and for the Femmes this will be the 3rd edition over approximately 120 Km, the first being in 2017.   The routes start in Maastricht and end in Valkenburg.

Bottom of The Cauberg by Teocalli

The Mens route is over three loops through the South Limburg hills with three ascents of the Cauberg and finishes  with ascents of the Geulhemmerberg and Bemelerberg, but not the Cauberg.  On the final lap after the climb of the Geulhemmerberg the peloton will descend via the Kuitenbergweg.  Following a route through the Molenweg and the Peutgensweg, over the Rasberg, up the Bemelerberg, towards Terblijt and then via the Rijnsbergerweg on the Sibberweg – and into the last kilometre.

The Femmes route covers the Geulhemmerberg, the Bemelerberg and the Cauberg.

Having ridden the Cauberg 3 times on a vintage steed (Eroica Limburg starts and finishes in Valkenburg) the Cauberg did not seem quite as bad as I expected – though to be fair it is at the start of the Eroica Limburg and I was not going quite as fast as a Pro Peloton!  Though I can vouch for the fact that that part of the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany are anything but flat.

Limburg River Crossing by Teocalli

 

 

I doubt that the Pros will encounter the river crossing encountered in Eroica Limburg but the restaurant at the crossing serves fabulous tartes.

 

 

 

 

For Route and Rider details see here and here.

Cyclist Statue in Valkenburg by Teocalli

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Wiscot
Wiscot
April 22, 2019 1:31 pm

Yeah, I hear he’s already making over $1m a year with his current team, but if he keeps getting results, I just can’t see him staying with Correndon-Circus for four more years. One of the big tems will make an offer neither MvdP or CC can resist.

After a long hard winter here in WI, it was almost 80 degrees yesterday. Shorts, short sleeves and spf 50! Boy did it feel good not to have all the layers on! 82 miles in the lovely Kettle Moraine. Pity about the headwind home though . . .

KogaLover
KogaLover
April 22, 2019 6:06 am

Completely Delgadoed this race as most others thus far, but i was there in person

Wiscot
Wiscot
April 21, 2019 3:59 pm

Hello? Correndon Circus? This is Trek. How much to buy MvdP out of his contract?

Crazy finish! So, so strong and never gives up – despite everyone basically sitting on MvdP’s wheel.

KogaLover
KogaLover
April 22, 2019 6:05 am
Reply to  Wiscot

He has a contract until 2023 and his dad wants him to serve it out. He is making good money there already apparently.
What about his white bibs?

Quasar
April 21, 2019 3:11 pm

How the Hell did he do that???

chuckp
April 17, 2019 11:20 am

PEZ picks for Amstel: https://www.pezcyclingnews.com/racing/amstel-gold-race-2019-the-pez-preview/ I will wait until after today’s result to decide my picks for OTR League.

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