The Amstel Gold Race kicks off at the Markt in Maastricht, which is nothing new. The route takes in a numbers of loops through the hilly Limburg region in the south of the Netherlands, which also is nothing new. From the first climb onwards it’s vintage Amstel Gold Race, with lots of twists and turns while cycling on narrow country roads. Crashes are common and favourites face a constant battle to be up front in the peloton.
In 2017 the route takes in 35 ‘hellingen’. Newcomers are Mescherberg and Kalleberg, while the famous Cauberg is featured three times in stead of four. The punchy 800 metres climb used to be crested with 1.8 kilometre left, but now the last ascent comes with around 19 kilometres left to race.
Just like before, the last loop takes in Geulhemmerberg (1.2 kilometres at 4.6%) and Bemelerberg (900 metres at 4.5%). But in 2017 the route doesn’t continue to Valkenburg for a last toil up the Cauberg. The riders take a shortcut via Vilt to finish in Berg en Terblijt, which is the same place as in recent years. This accounts for a distance of 7.3 kilometres from the top of Bemelerberg to the line.
The steepest ramps in the Amstel Gold Race are clustered in the run-up to the finale. With around 44 kilometres left Gulpenberg, Kruisberg and Eyserbosweg follow in quick succession – albeit short, these climbs have inclinations of 13.9%, 15.5% and 17%. A little later, with 29 kilometres to go, Keuterberg brings a 22% section to the table, while the last climb up the Cauberg – with its steepest section of 12.8% – is lurking with 19 kilometers remaining.
The Amstel Gold Race leaves 10:26 and the finish is expected around 17:00 – both local times. See also the scheduled times.
Amstel Gold Race 2017: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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