Virtual Amstel Gold Race announced for Sunday April 19th
The Amstel Gold race has announced a virtual race on the BKool platform for all cycling fans and professionals this Sunday April 19th!
On the day the real race was supposed to take place, the Dutch race has prepared a virtual tour in which fans can ride along with professional cyclists over a 26-kilometre route.
"We have done everything we can to continue the Amstel Gold Race weekend in an alternative way. With the virtual AGR we focus on everyone who wants to take up the challenge, both the touring cyclists and the professional cyclists", says race director Leo Van Vliet ,"It will not be a competition, but a joint tour. We have chosen a course of 26 kilometers, this is not too long, but the challenge is certainly there, because the vicious climbs from the final of the Amstel Gold Race are all in it."
The route of almost 26km will start in Gulpen and the offical finishline in Vilt. The route will cover the 5 famous hills of the Amstel Gold Race. The Kruisberg, Eyserbosweg, Fromberg, Keutenberg and of course the Cauberg as grand final.
Fans all over the world can take part in this race with an interactive home trainer and as BKool offers a 30-day free trial, everyone can participate without any costs.
Cycling platform BKool was recently responsible for the digital version of the Tour of Flanders, in which fourteen professional cyclists took part and Greg Van Avermaet won.
A number of pros have already agreed to participate and the initiative is supported by ‘Oranje Peloton’ of the Nederlandse Loterij’. Van Vliet also announced that professional riders like Wout Poels (Bahrain-Merida) and Niki Terpstra (Total Direct Energie) have already confirmed their participation.
Others pros including Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team), Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma) and the winner of the 2019 edition of the race Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin Fenix) have been invited.
There are three different starting times; 11:00, 12:00 and 13:00 Europe (05:00, 06:00 and 07:00 Eastern U.S) to participate in the virtual Tourversion Amstel Gold Race this Sunday. In cooperation with BKool they have prepared a route which represents the finale of the Tourversion Amstel Gold Race, allowing everyone with a smarttrainer to still conquer the Dutch hills.
The race director Van Vliet stated to Dutch broadcaster NOS that he expects the pro races to take place in the Fall. "We've requested a preferred date," he said. "Which one? I'm not going to say."
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