Tomorrow's Amstel Gold Race is both a great race and festival. This Dutch race, now in it's 43rd year of drinking and racing, is the lead up to the 'Ardennes week.' The other two are Flèche Wallone & Liège-Bastogne-Liège, following later this week.
Fans will be drinking well before the start of the race with some opting to watch the end at an roadside pub. A carnival atmosphere, for sure.
However, the riders will experience a more serious side to this race. This semi-classic will be challenging, over a twisty hilly course of 257 kilometers. Starting in Maastricht and snaking along the narrow farm roads over the Cauberg climb(twice) and ending outside of Valkenberg. For the riders will have to wait until after the race to enjoy an Amstel.
Who said that Holland was flat as a pannekoek? www.tomengonnie.nl
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