Race Report: On a day when we waited, waited & waited some more for the big guns to make their move it came down to the man that had won here before to show the others how to ride the Cauberg and take the win in the Amstel Gold.
The Amstel Gold Race is on this Sunday around the hills and traffic furniture laden streets of Holland's Limburg province and it's a brutal race of attrition defined by more than 30 hills. With more twists and turns than a good detective novel the winner is often decided only in the closing kilometers. Ed Hood takes a look at the course and contenders for 2014.
The Ardennes classics kick off with this weekend’s Amstel Gold race, and while the region is home to some fine cycling, it’s also renowned for it’s delicious cuisine. In his 10th year of showing guests the finer parts of European race viewing, riding, and eating, Peter Easton of Velo Classic Tours shares some inside knowledge on where to get the best meals in Maastricht.
Part Two: When we left off yesterday, we had been prematurely stopped by a race passage yet again. Our quickly changing plans didn't mind - we were still catching the race with alarming frequency after all. The second part of the afternoon involves much of the same - happy changes in plans while watching a beautiful day of racing in the Limburg hills.
In Italy the Classics have beautiful names; ‘Primavera’ and ‘Race of the Falling Leaves’ – in France they simply name them after places, Tours, Paris, Roubaix – in Belgium it’s newspapers and road numbers, Het Nieuwsblad and E3. But in Holland, its beer – you have to respect that. Amstel Gold gives its name to one of the youngest and trickiest of all the Classics – it used to be the last of the Spring Classics but declining interest in the race lead to a re-jig of the calendar and now it’s the…
Cycling in Europe, unless you’re a professional, is best enjoyed for the experience. It’s about the countryside, the atmosphere, the food, the drink, the languages and the people. If you’re really lucky, you get to go with Velo Classic Tours who has the inside scoop on getting the best of all of those things.