The Amstel Curaçao Race is the only road cycling race in the world where male and female amateurs are able to compete against Tour de France winners (Chris Froome in 2012), Olympic winners (Marriane Vos in 2012), Giro d’Italia winners (Thomas Gendt, Joaquim Rodriguez)!
Our road race is organized by Amstel and the great Dutchman and lover of all things related to cycling: Leo van Vliet. It celebrated its 11th race this past Saturday (November 3, 2012) and draws participants and spectators from all over Europe, the US and South America!
270 cyclists gathered on the first Saturday of November to cycle 73.6 km (46 miles) of rural and urban Curaçao terrain… Racing over asphalt, cobble stones, sand, coral, mud, rain or shine, cyclists loop around the island, passed Janwe, Punda, Otrobanda, Piscadera Baai, Zegu, Grote Berg, Willibrodus, Barber, Sta. Cruz, Soto; starting and ending at the Lion’s Dive Beach resort.
“It feels a bit more like riding in Africa. It’s a bit crazy. You’ve got to watch the drivers a bit, watch the roads. The temperature is definitely right up there.” – Chris Froome, won a Bronze Olympic medal in 2012, rides under his British passport, but was born in Nairobi, Kenya, raised in Johannesburg, South Africa.
“It’s a beautiful course. We’re enjoying ourselves. We’re actually on vacation, but this is a beautiful experience. The living is easy here. I’m considering moving here. No stress.” – Joaquim Rodriguez, 1st overall UCI World Ranking, from Barcelona, Spain.
Here’s a wonderful short documentary (in Dutch) by Mart Smeets (NOS.nl) about the last race, held on Saturday, November 3 2012.