Thursday, April 16, 2009

2009 Amstel Gold

Okay guys, the next big one up is the Amstel Gold this Sunday, the race that is, not the beer; though I am sure there will be copious amounts of the beer consumed by the crowd too. This is a new race, first run in 1966, but the narrow side roads and steep climbs through the Limburg region of Holland make for an interesting race, and a chance for the climbers to show their legs. The 257km course starts in Maastricht and climbs the Cauberg hill twice, the second the finish near the top at Valkenberg. I would guess that there will still be an attack group together as they approach the Cauberg the second time and the race will be decided near the top of this last killer hill. All and all an interesting race to watch, even though it certainly doesn't have the history and drama of Paris Roubaix.

1 comment:

Jonny Hamachi said...

What a finish on the P R though. The crowds, the crashes, very exciting.