The Amstel Gold Race is a Dutch one-day cycling race, which was for the first time organized in 1966 and since then is held annually in the Dutch province of Limburg.
The Amstel Gold Race is since 2005 part of the UCI ProTour, since 2009 of the UCI World Calendar and since 2011 of the UCI World Tour.
The competition is named after the sponsor, the beer brand Amstel.
The Dutchman Jan Raas won the race five times, which makes him the absolute record holder in terms of victories.
During the Amstel Gold Race a lot of South Limburg hills will be climbed, including the Cauberg the Keutenberg and the Eyserbosweg.
During the first edition the start was in Breda, but due to practical reasons, it moved in 1967 to Helmond, which was the start town between 1967 and 1970. Between 1971 and 1997 the start was in Heerlen, and since 1998 in Maastricht.
From 1966 till 1990 the arrival was in Meerssen (with exception of 1968, when the finish was in Elsloo), and from 1991 till 2002 in Maastricht. Between 2003 and 2012, the finish line lied at the top of the Cauberg in Valkenburg. Since the World Championships, the finish lies 800 m further than the top of the Cauberg.
Course edition 2017 :
The edition 2017 of the Amstel Gold Race takes place on Sunday, April 16th. The course, 258 km long, has as big difference that the Cauberg doesn't lie anymore in the final, but is the last time climbed 18 km before the finish.
The following hills have to be climbed :
1. Slingerberg - Geulle
2. Adsteen - Beek
3. Lange Raarberg - Raar
4. Bergseweg - Kunrade
5. Sibbergrubbe - Valkenburg
6. Cauberg - Valkenburg
7. Geulhemmerberg - Berg en terblijt
8. Wolfsberg - Noorbeek
9. Lorberg - Slenaken
11. Camerig - Camerig
12. Drielandenpunt - Vaals
13. Gemmenich - Gemmenich (BE)
14. Vijlenerbos - Gemmenich (BE)
15. Eperheide - Eper
16. Gulpenerberg - Partij
17. Plettenberg - Wittem
18. Eyserweg - Eys - after 140,7 km
19. St. Remigiusstraat : Huls - Simpelveld
20. Vrakelberg - Ubachsberg
21. Sibbergrubbe - Valkenburg
22. Cauberg - Valkenburg
23. Geulhemmerberg - Berg en Terblijt
24. Bemelerberg - Bemelen
25. Loorberg - Slenaken
26. Gulpenerberg - Partij
27. Kruisberg - Wahlwiller
28. Eyserbosweg - Eys
29. Fromberg - Elkenrade
30. Keutenberg - Schin op Geul
31. Cauberg - Valkenburg
32. Geulhemmerberg - Vilt
33. Bemelerberg - Bemelen
34. Cauberg - Valkenburg
35. Berg en Terblijt - Valkenburg
Location: Valkenburg, Nederland (Explore routes near Valkenburg, Nederland.)