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The Amstel Gold Race 2018
(Pro Race and Sportive)

13th to 16th April 2018

On The Cauberg, Amstel Gold RaceThe Amstel Gold Race is the Netherlands’ biggest UCI cycling event and only one day cycling event on the UCI World Tour and it attracts a large field of top pro riders. The event is part of the Ardennes series of cycling’s April Spring Classics in Holland and Belgium.
The 53rd edition of the Amstel Gold Race will take place on the 15th of April 2018 with the Sportive version of the event taking place the Saturday before on the 14th of April. This weekend gives you the opportunity to ride the sold out Amstel Gold Race Sportive event before seeing the riders come past several times in Valkenburg on the Sunday after watching the start in Maastricht.

Philippe Gilbert followed up on his Tour of Flanders victory after giving Paris-Roubaix a miss with his 4th Amstel Gold race win. Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) won the women’s Amstel Gold Race ahead of Lizzy Deignan and Kasia Niewiadoma. The Amstel Gold Race has been taking place in the southernmost province of the Netherlands Limburg every year since 1966. Every year ‘De Markt’ in Maastricht is the start venue of the Amstel Gold Race with the finish in nearby Berg en Terblijt (Valkenburg).

The Amstel Gold Race is part of the UCI World Tour and it is the only Dutch World Tour Classic. The race attracts a large number of Dutch and International cycling fans each year because of its interesting list of participants. Some of the world’s best cyclists strive for victory in the race by conquering the hilly countryside of Limburg.

We offer you the chance to spend the weekend in Maastricht, one of Holland’s nicest cities at the Crowne Plaza hotel in the city centre. Airport transfers from Brussels international airport are available as well as entry into the Amstel Gold race sportive, in-resort transport, bike rental and the services of our driver, bike guide and mechanic.

The Hotel...

**** Crowne Plaza Maastricht:
The Crowne Plaza Maastricht is uniquely situated on the banks of the river Maas with an excellent view of the city of Maastricht. You can make use of the convenient parking facilities, excellent service in the in-house bar and restaurant, and you are in the perfect location for strolls along the river on the Maas promenade.
There is also a fantastic selection of delicious dining options and high street shopping in the nearby Hoogbrugstraat and Rechtstraat.

On sunny days you can sit and relax on the terrace. Meet each other for a cup of coffee during the day in our bar Club d’Artagnan, or for a cocktail in the evening.

Hotel details:

  • Reception is 24 hours available
  • Wake up service, luggage store, Room service
  • Check-in From 15.00 p.m.
  • Check-out Until 12.00 am
  • Breakfasts on weekdays from 06.30 am until 10.00 am. During the weekend from 06.30 – 11.30 am.
  • Rooms have Airconditioning, Safe, Bath, Minibar, Roomservice, Telephone, Flatscreen TV, free wireless (basic) internet

Bar ‘le Club d’Artagnan’ – bar with river view and the city of Maastricht. Opening hours 10 am until 01.00 am

Planned itinerary for the 2018 event:

Friday 13th April:
Arrange your own flight to Brussels airport where we come to collect you. Please notify us of your flight details. We will operate transfers from Brussels airport at 11.00 and at 16.00 to avoid some of the heavy traffic.
Please note that we cannot accommodate airport transfers for flights arriving after 16:00.

We will spend 3 nights on bed and breakfast basis at our hotel in Maastricht. At the hotel we will assist you with putting your bike together and get prepared for the Amstel Gold Race Sportive tomorrow. If you have booked to take part in the 2018 Amstel Gold Race and you have booked your entry through us, we will have your entry info and bib number ready for you on arrival at the hotel.

Saturday 14th April - 2018 Amstel Gold race sportive:
We offer guaranteed entry into this sold out event at £125 with lots included. Please have a look at the inclusions with your entry at the bottom of the page.

In the morning after an early breakfast you can ride the short distance to the start of the 2018 Amstel Gold race sportive. You can take part in your choice of distance Cyclosportive event which follows the latter part of the pro race race route including all the short, sharp climbs like the Cauberg. There will be numerous organised feeding stations and a mechanical service present. For those not riding the Sportive, the Saturday will be at leisure in the city of Maastricht.

Included with your Amstel Gold Race entry:

  • Participation in the Amstel Gold Race Sportive without the need to enter the ballot
  • Breakfast at the VIP-pavilion
  • Speech by Race Director Leo van Vliet
  • Special reserved parking near the VIP-pavilion
  • Special reserved shower- and changing facilities for business team members
  • Guarded bicycle parking
  • Photo with the ‘flower girls’
  • Extensive buffet after Amstel Gold Race Toertocht (sportive)
  • Unique gift

Sunday 15 April - The 2018 Amstel Gold race:
The Amstel Gold Race runs a total of 251 km. There are 33 climbs on the route which together make up over 4000m of climbing. The Winner of the 2017 edition was Philippe Gilbert who won the event for the 4th time. During the race, we will stay in Valkenburg to watch the riders come past and enjoy the atmosphere. You will find various bars, restaurants and promotional stands in Valkenburg and of course plenty of Amstel beer.  Today we offer various VIP and hospitality access options and you can add these when you make your hotel booking or when you have booked our travel package.
Have a look at all the VIP and Hospitality options here.

Schedule of race day events:
Since 1966 the Amstel Gold Race takes place in Limburg every year. The ‘Markt’ in Maastricht is the start location of the Amstel Gold Race. The finish line is situated in Valkenburg. The Amstel Gold Race is part of the UCI WorldTour. From 2017 there will also be a women’s race in the Amstel Gold Race weekend which is part of the UCI Women’s World Tour. ‘De Markt’ in Maastricht is where the start takes place and the finish is in nearby Valkenburg.

  • 10:20: Start of the Amstel Gold Race for Men in Maastricht
  • 10:40: Start of the Amstel Gold Race ladies race in Maastricht
  • 11:50: First passage of the men of the finish line in Valkenburg
  • 12:36: First passage of the women of the finish line in Valkenburg
  • 13:07: Second passage of the women of the finish line in Valkenburg
  • 13:37: Third passage of the women of the finish line in Valkenburg
  • 14:02: Finish of the women’s race in Valkenburg
  • 14:51: Second passage of the men of the finish line in Valkenburg
  • 16:33: Third passage of the men of the finish line in Valkenburg
  • 16:57: Finish of the men’s race in Valkenburg

Monday 16th April:
We will run return transfers to Brussels Airport (BRU) for flights leaving after 12:00.

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£559 per person based on sharing a twin or double room
£259 supplement for the single occupancy of a room
£125 Amstel Gold race Sportive entry

What’s included:

  • A safe pair of hands – More information
  • A Sports Tours International cycling jersey made by Santini – More information here
  • Airport transfers at 11.00 and 16.00 on Friday from BRU airport and to connect with departing flights after 12.00 on Monday
  • The services of our experienced drivers, guides and the team with our customised minibus
  • Entry pack waiting for you on arrival (if purchased through us)
  • 3 nights at Hotel Crowne Plaza in Maastricht city centre
  • Daily breakfasts with timings in line with our itinerary
  • Secure bike storage at the hotel
  • Transport for you and your bike
  • All hotel taxes

Available at additional cost:

  • Amstel Gold race Cyclo-Sportive entry – £115
  • Bike rental – £140 (Trek Carbon 105), £209 (Trek Carbon Ultegra), £219 (Cannondale Carbon Ultegra)  – More information
  • Travel insurance – please visit our insurance page
  • VIP access and hospitality options – More information here

Entry Prices – Amstel Gold Race:
Choose your distance: 60, 100, 125, 150, 200, 240km
£115 per person with lots of extras included:

Included with your Amstel Gold Race sportive entry:

  • Guaranteed participation in the Tourversion Amstel Gold Race (Sportive)
  • Breakfast at the VIP-pavilion
  • Speech by Race Director Leo van Vliet
  • Special reserved parking near the VIP-pavilion
  • Special reserved shower- and changing facilities
  • Guarded bicycle parking
  • Photo with the ‘flower girls’
  • Extensive buffet after Amstel Gold Race Toertocht (sportive)
  • Unique gift

Click on the Book Now button below.
At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit per person plus any applicable entry fee. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.
Please look here for our full booking conditions

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Important Information:

Medical certificate:
A medical certificate is not required for this event

Single travellers and twin to share:
We welcome single travellers on our tours and holidays as it is a great way to join a like-minded group of people and you will make lots of new friends. If you would like to join our group as a single traveller we can offer you two options. A single room or if you want to avoid the single supplement then you can make use of our ‘twin to share’ option. We will pair you up with another rider (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra.

General, visa, passport and health information:
For passport and visa information, please check the relevant section on this page: https://www.gov.uk/browse/citizenship/passports. General Travel and health Information for your destination is available on the FCO website. Click here for the latest travel advice for France, and click here for useful ‘know before you go’ information also from the FCO. Please note that this information relates to UK passport holders only and that other nationalities should refer to their own authorities for this information.

Travel Insurance:
For details of specialist sports travel insurance for our travel packages, please visit our insurance page. You must ensure that your travel insurance policy covers you to participate in running events. There is additional information about our other Concierge Services on our special web page.



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