Amstel in danger?

I read the article and still having a hard time seeing the actual race in jeopardy.

I do absolutely understand the people that live there though. In general in the Netherlands there are too many cyclists in the countryside and the rise in roadbikes and electric bikes is not helping. Of all the areas, the limburg region is the most popular so that must be way too much at some point.

However I still can see the actual race take place, without the cyclosportive (or However you call it). That is only one day a year afteral.

To me it seems a bit of a alarmist response by a director that fears the cash cow will make less money in the future..
 
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Presumably they pay the local government some money for the right to use the roads for the sportif.

Locals just trying to shake down the organizers for more money it seems.

Makes no sense to ban something because it's popular. That's the opposite of how the government should be functioning. It's there to serve the people. In this case the people have spoken and they wish to ride bikes.
 
If it's only Vaals that says no, they can easily cut that part from the route.

 
Would anyone miss it, honestly? The Gold Race might be the only race on the highest level we have, but I reckon much better races elsewhere can take its place. Be it a new one, be it an existing one. Furthermore, any race more or less hosted by Leo van Vliet deserves to be abolished.
 
Would anyone miss it, honestly? The Gold Race might be the only race on the highest level we have, but I reckon much better races elsewhere can take its place. Be it a new one, be it an existing one. Furthermore, any race more or less hosted by Leo van Vliet deserves to be abolished.
It has consistently delivered the best racing of the hilly spring classics since Cauberg wasn't the last climb. But it's true that its spot on the calendar would fit Strade Bianche very well too.
 
If it's only Vaals that says no, they can easily cut that part from the route.

View: https://twitter.com/ammattipyoraily/status/1759690879365747029
 
Good old Tom Dumoulin himself came to the municipality meeting of Vaals to convince the local council members that the Amstel should persevere. Tom is an eternal cycling legend.

 
Good old Tom Dumoulin himself came to the municipality meeting of Vaals to convince the local council members that the Amstel should persevere. Tom is an eternal cycling legend.


Imagine thinking it was just going to be some boring old council meeting and you hear a voice of protest from the back.

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Well, he was already a cycling legend after winning the Giro and simultaneously doing a number two on public Northern Italian roads. Saving Amstel from extinction by visiting a local council meeting on a rainy Monday night and blowing local councilors away with a eloquent and passionate speech just adds to the existing narrative of being an OG.
 
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