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Amstel

Planning to ride the tour version of the Amstel and then watch the big one the next day.I'm basically looking for any advice on the best places to watch the race.
We did look at the corporate deals but far to many Euros.
 
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amstel is a tough one because there are just so many climbs! the Cauberg is always packed and so you don't really see that much. Standing in Keutenberg (the village at the top of the steep section) will mean you will probably see the winning move go! The massberg is also a good spot, just after the climb on the cobbles, as its early on so allows you time to get elsewhere and see the race for a second or third time! There are so many good spots, gulpenerberg, eyesobosweg, camerig etc etc so sit down with a good map and the passage times and you should be able to watch the race 3 or 4 times! There are so many little roads in Limburg to take to cut the route but allow plenty of time they get busy on Amstel gold day!
 
Thanks for the info.I'll get the maps off the Amstel site and have a good look.Obviously having the bike there anyway should be a help with the traffic.Though still wouldn't mind a bit of hospitality if anyone knows of any companies out there doing such a thing;)
 
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Using your bike to travel between places to watch is by far the best option. I did this a few years ago, I think it was 2005. I got to see much more of the race than people watching tv. It was the edition with the thick fog. The only thing on tv was the finish.

The race is held in quite a small area, with a lot of roads to cut off the route of the race.

have fun!
 
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Keutenberg, deffo the Keutenberg, if the moves hasn't already gone, its going to happen there. The Cauberg isn't tough enough.

Also, I did what you did back in 07 and it was superb. Great course. Which version you doing? I did the full 250km, loooong day in the saddle.
 
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More then enough kilometres for an Amstel. The 150km route does all the main climbs...my favourite part was a section of 2 or 3 long climbs when the race dips into Germany for a moment. At least I think it did.

There will be a huge tent just past the finish with all the Amstel you could ever need :D Just be warned, don't expect to be able to cycle over the finish line...it was so packed you have to queue over it. A minor blemish on a great day.

Have fun!