The Amstel Gold Race 2017
(Pro Race and Sportive)
14th to 17th April 2017
The 52nd edition of the Amstel Gold Race will take place on the 16th of April 2017 with the Sportive version of the event taking place the day before (15th of April).
The Amstel Gold Race is the Netherlands’ biggest UCI cycling event and attracts a big field of top pro riders. The event is part of the series of cycling’s Spring Classics which take place every year in April in Holland, Belgium and northern France.
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 in Valkenburg after you have seen the start in Maastricht.
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.
The finish of the Amstel Gold Race is located in Valkenburg. The Amstel Gold Race is part of the UCI World Tour. The Amstel Gold Race is the only Dutch World Tour Classic and 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.
**** 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.
- 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 2017 event:
Friday the 14th of 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 2017 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 the 15th of April: Amstel Gold race sportive:
We offer guaranteed entry into this sold out event at £110 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 2017 Amstel Gold race sportive. You can take part in the 150km 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 Valkenburg.
Sunday the 16th of April: The 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 2016 edition was the Italian Gasparotto who repeated his 2012 victory.
- 08:00 – Buffet breakfast
- 10:15 – The start of the Amstel Gold Pro Race in the market square of Maastricht
- 12.00 – We leave our hotel and drive to the circuit where the riders will come past 3 times
- From 13.00 – see the riders come past 3 times and enjoy the atmosphere and the Amstel
- 16:45 – Estimated finish of cyclists into Valkenburg
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.
Monday 17th of April:
We will run return transfers to Brussels Airport (BRU) for flights leaving after 12:00.
£499 per person based on sharing a twin or double room
£249 single supplement for the single occupancy of a room
£110 Amstel Gold race entry
- 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 the Crowne Plaza on bed and breakfast basis in Maastricht city centre
- Transport for you and your bike
- All hotel taxes
Available at additional cost:
- Amstel Gold race Cyclo-Sportive entry, 150km distance – £110
- Bike rental – £129 (Trek Carbon 105), £199 (Trek Carbon Ultegra) – More information
- Travel insurance – please visit our insurance page
Entry Prices – Amstel Gold Race:
150km – £110 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
HOW TO BOOK:
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
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.
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.