Friday 14 April 2023 at 16h34

The Dutch classic, the Amstel Gold Race, will take place this Sunday between Maastricht and ... the Rijksweg in Vilt. Indeed, since 2013, the finish is no longer on top of the Cauberg in Valkenburg but at the same location as where the races of the Championnats du Monde 2012 finished.

However, the race route of the Amstel Gold Race 2023 has been modified compared to previous years, especially in the first part. It contains 33 climbs, for this 57th edition of the UCI WorldTour race (the number of climbs varies a little bit from time to time, with a minimum of 31 in 2010 and 2012 and a maximum of 35 in 2017 and during the years which followed). In this article you'll find the time- and route schedule and the race route on Open Street Maps (similar to Google Maps) and you can also download the race route in Google Earth so you can for example do a virtual fly-over.

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The description of the Amstel Gold Race 2023 race route

After the start from the Vrijthof in the city center of Maastricht, the riders will first go off north up to Geulle where they usually turned right to climb the Slingerberg. This time however this will not be the case and they go on towards Elsloo, where they'll climb the Maasberg (1) and further on up to Urmond, where they'll finally turn right, this time towards Sittard from where they'll go south and (temporarily) get back on the usual race route in Beek. They'll climb the Adsteeg (2) (the first two climbs of the race will thus be further away one from another) before they get of the classical race route again. Indeed, there where the riders previously turned to go find the climb of the Lange Raarberg, they now go straight through. They'll then go via the usual race route to the climb of the Bergseweg (3), but rather than continuing towards the finish line, they'll go on, looking for new climbs. These are successively the Korenweg (4), Nijswillerweg (5) and a climb on the national road, Rijksweg N278 (6). When they arrive in Cadier en Keer they'll get back on the usual race route, this time thus without visiting the finish line, and that's also where the first part of the race ends on the map, drawn in yellow.

In the second part of the race route, drawn in blue, they'll first go down to the border with Belgium and climb the Wolfsberg (7) and the Loorberg (8) before they do a short incursion north towards the city of Gulpen while getting close to the Gulpenerberg, without however getting to its summit, and back south with the climb of the Schweibergerweg (9) before they turn left and follow the border with the climb of Camerig (10), a short detour to Vijlen before they get to the Drielandenpunt (11) (a short climb where The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium touch each other). This part of the race route is thus the blue part on the map.

What will follow is the climb of Gemmenich (12) just on the other side of the Belgian border and the Epenerbaan/Vijlenerbos (13) once they get back in The Netherlands. The riders will then be on the orange part of the race route and they'll climb Eperheide (14) and while going north on the same road as on they way there in opposite direction, they'll change roads to climb the puis Gulpenerberg (15) and the Plettenberg (16), Eyserweg (17), Sint Remigiusstraat (18), Vrakelberg (19) followed by the Sibbergrubbe (20) and Cauberg (21) before a first crossing of the finish line.

The loop around the finish line which follows, in green on the map, contains the climb of the Geulhemmerberg (22). After a visit of Maastricht and once back in Cadier en Keer, they'll climnb the Keederberg (23) before turning right in Bemelen to go off towards the climb of the Bemelerberg (24) and, after the Loorberg (25), they'll go straight through before they turn left towards the Gulperberg (26) after which they go find the Kruisberg (27) (instead of turning on the Plettenberg as the first time) followed by the Eyserbosweg (28) and the Fromberg (29). The peloton then turns left in Schin op Geul to get on the Keutenberg (30) before they go up the second and last climb of the Cauberg (31) which will this time thus be followed by a last loop (in pink/purple) which looks like the circuit of the 2012 World Championships, with the climb of the Geulhemmerberg (32) and the Bemelerberg (33). This time they'll thus no longer climb the Cauberg!

The fictive start will be at 10.45AM and the finish is planned around 4.52PM. The total distance will this year be 253.6 kilometers.

The time- and route schedule, the race profile and the race route of the Amstel Gold Race 2023 on Open Street Maps

Hereunder you'll find the map with the race route on Open Street Maps (similar to Google Maps), the profile and the time- and route schedule (with the times at which the race passes through the cities and villages on the race route) of the Amstel Gold Race 2023. Click on the images to open them.

In order to make it easier to "read" the map, the race route is shown in five parts: the first one in yellow, the second in blue, the third in orange and the fourth in green. The last loop, 21.3 kilometers long, is shown in pink/purple.

IMPORTANT: in order to make it even easier to understand how the different parts of the race route follow up on each other, you can show them one by one on the map. To do this, bring your mouse to the "3 layers" icon in the upper right corner and choose the part(s) you want to show or hide by ticking or unticking them.
The time- and route schedule of the Amstel Gold Race 2023 The map with the race route of the Amstel Gold Race 2023 on Open Street Maps The profile of the Amstel Gold Race 2023

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The Amstel Gold Race 2023 race route in Google Earth

Do you prefer to see the Amstel Gold Race 2023 race route in Google Earth and for example do a virtual fly-over of the race route? You can do so by downloading the KML file below:

>> Download the Amstel Gold Race 2023 race route in Google Earth

(in case nothing happens when you click on the link, copy the link - http://short.thover.com/?ID=835 - and paste it manually in the address bar and press enter; the download should start automatically)

The map with the Amstel Gold Race 2023 race route

door Thomas Vergouwen
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  1. Dommage qu'il n'y ai pas un lien pour la liste des engagé(e)s.

    | Jean-Claude ANDRECK | Saturday 15 April 2023 om 03h21

  2. Bonjour Jean-Claude ANDRECK,

    Je préfère communiquer la liste des partants quand elle est disponible, plutôt qu'une liste d'engagés qui est encore susceptible d'évoluer. Impossible donc de l'intégrer dans cet article au moment de sa publication.

    La liste des partants vient d'être publiée sur la fiche de la course Amstel Gold Race 2023 dans le calendrier cycliste UCI du site.

    | Thomas Vergouwen | Saturday 15 April 2023 om 16h39

  3. Vreemde zaak dat er een Belgische auto voor de winnaar als trekpaard gebruikt werd. En waarom wordt door Amstel deze klassieker uitbesteed aan 'aan'n Belg terwijl het een Nederlandse klassieker is?

    | Richard De Leeuw | Monday 17 April 2023 om 19h54

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