This Saturday kicks off the first round of the women’s road world cup, Boels Rental Ronde van Drenthe. True to spring classic tradition, the Dutch race features plenty of teeth-rattling cobbles, along with the selective VAMberg climb, a hill made out completely out of trash that the riders will tackle three times.
The course has changed this year, but that doesn’t mean the action will be compromised. The cobbles and the VAMberg climb are enough to make the outcome exciting and unpredictable. Depending on the day, it could end up a bunch sprint or finish with either a solo or a small group breakaway.
Word from the Twitter street is that the race will be streaming and start at 2 p.m. Central European Time or 9 a.m. Eastern Time on www.rtvdrenthe.nl/epg_nowon/
Live updates are available via the race’s twitter account: @RondevDrenthe or from Boels-Dolmans’ mechanic @RichieSteege and Rabo-Liv’s @SemVersteeg. If you can’t watch the race, the UCI will put up around an hour of highlights on its YouTube channel soon after the race: http://www.youtube.com/user/
The UCI recently released a world cup race promo trailer that can be found here: http://youtu.be/MYqoVx6Udf.
Race website: www.rondevandrenthe.nl/boels-
YouTube highlights from last year’s race can be found here: http://youtu.be/q0mw8LC5DHs