Amstel Gold Sportive

Why not try a continental sportive that allows you to ride a distance to suit, view the Classic the following day in an area that has attractive scenery, excellent local beer and plenty to see and do for non-cycling friends and family.

The Amstel Gold Tour on Saturday 18thApril ticks all of those boxes. We can cross the channel Friday evening, ride the Saturday, watch the Amstel Gold race – numerous times as the route is crammed into a small area you can move around in by bike or car – on the Sunday and get home late Sunday night. The drive from the channel portsto the Limburg region where the race takes place takes around 3 hours.

The shortest route is 60km, the longest a tad short of 250km and apart from the race’s Maastricht city centre start and some short stretches of main road, you follow the route of the professional race. The landscape is not unlike the Chilterns: flat valleys, flat ridges and short, sharp hills in between. The 60km route would be fine for a fit child, the 250km is definitely a tough day day in the saddle. There are 100,125, 150, and 200km routes too. The finish closes at 7pm, which leaves plenty of time for completion, especially for the shorter routes. When I did it four years ago, I found that the en-route feeding stations were very basic – not much more than stops for sports drink , but you pass endless bar/cafes so getting food, drink and a rest is no problem. The organisation is excellent, starts are well staggered and I never felt the road was overwhelmed by the 15000 participants.

The website is here

Maastricht is one of the Netherlands most attractive cities and quite different from any other large Dutch town. The surrounding area has a lot to offer too, so it’s a great weekend break for non-cyclists too. Tourist office site

Costs: Entry is 25 Euros plus a 5 Euros deposit. A ferry return by car about £60-£70. I will arrange accommodation once we have numbers and we can share cars. You will need travel insurance cover and your European Health Insurance Card, but there is no need for medicals or racing licences.

Interested? Entry opens on January 15th and last year it filled up very quickly.I will put a Willesden team entry in on that day. If you want to ride, email me at before January 15thwith entrant names and planned distance (we don’t all need to do the same distance) and your phone number -I will acknowledge your email. Alternatively, call me on xxxxxxxx. I may be able to squeeze in people later, but there is no guarantee.

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7 Responses to Amstel Gold Sportive

  1. Anonymous says:

    Don’t forget there will be an award for a sportive event or events at next year’s dinner. Racing Committee is to decide how it is awarded.

  2. hippy says:

    This sounds cool but I’m not sure how likely it’ll be since I’ve already entered the Tour of Flanders/Ronde Van Vlaanderen on April 4th..

    Are you likely to have room in your car for a hippy and his bike? I don’t have a vehicle.

  3. Ian Oliver says:

    Hippy, Please can you email or call as on the article. Thanks

  4. Ian Oliver says:

    I could not get on to the site to register despite several tries over the last couple of days and now it’s full.

  5. hippy says:

    Babelfish Translation:
    REGISTRATION GOING FOR A RIDE VERSIONS AMSTEL APPLIED RACE WITHIN 30 HOURS VOLGEBOEKT ORGANISATION ASSAULTS GOING FOR A RIDE VERSIONS BY OVERWHELMING INTEREST The organising team behind the going for a ride versions of the Amstel applied race has been assaulted by the overwhelming interest of people who register themselves by means of the Internet site savages for the editie of 2009. After opening for registration in the morning of 15 January was pour in this way large, which the servers did not manage it and the Internet site got bogged down. We its very proud on the large interest for the going for a ride versions of 2009, but it regret that a number of devotees that there was not swiftly at could submit an application. We could not overwhelming pour in to predict and ask for term for this situation of supremacy, thus the organisation. Meanwhile the maximum number of 12,000 participants has been no longer reached and can be presented for participation. Also previous year was the interest large, but then went presents much more gradually. There proceeded weeks then approximately two gone before that editie was `uitverkocht’. now was that already within 30 hours the case.

    Now, I’m not quite sure but it sounds like the servers were overloaded and they’ve not actually filled up the 12000 places?

  6. Ian Oliver says:

    Babelfish is very misleading in how it translated the message.

    I just checked the site again and got a revised Dutch home page. I speak and read Dutch to a reasonable standard and for the avoidance of doubt, entry is closed.

  7. hippy says:

    Oh well. It was a good idea.
    Do you have any other ride plans?

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