A week after the start of the second UCI WWT series in Siena, it is now turn for Hoogeveen, Drenthe. The well-established race of Ronde van Drenthe (previously part of the defunct UCI Women’s World Cup) will witness again the second round of the UCI WWT. On Saturday, 11 March Drenthe will be again the center of women’s cycling as riders will have to cover the 152.2 kilometres of its entertaining course. A parcours that starts and finishes in Hoogeveen, featuring seven cobble sections as well as taking on the man-made VAM Berg three times. The well-known VAM-Berg hill, is a very steep climb of only 400 meters at an average 9.7% gradient (with maximum two-digit gradients), named after Vuil Afvoer Maatschappij a former waste disposal management company headquartered in Wijster, Drenthe.
The race is part, together with the Drentse Acht van Westerveld that will be held on Sunday in Dwingeloo, of the couple of one-day races organized by Ronde van Drenthe Foundation (it was formerly a trio of one-day UCI ranked races including Novilon Eurocup whose last edition was held in 2015) during the second weekend of March. Dutch rider Marianne Vos (WM3 Energie) is the record holder of the race totalling three victories from 2011 to 2013. Will she extend her lead winning the 2017 edition and claiming her first ever UCI WWT series victory?
A four rider breakaway dominated the action during the previous edition of the race, rolling off the front of a reduced peloton with around 60 kilometres to go. For several kilometres it was a close fight between the four breakaway riders and four Wiggle-High5 riders, who lead the chasing efforts. However, their efforts didn’t work out and as they didn’t receive any help from other teams the chase was over. What will the 2017 edition of the race hold?
Saturday, 11 March 2017, local time from 11:25 am until 15:20 pm approx (UTC+1)
Route 152km: Hoogeveen – Hoogeveen
At 11:25 the 152-kilometre course of 2017 Ronde van Drenthe will start. Once again seven cobblestones sections and the man-made VAM-Berg hill will be the main features of its parcours that starts and finishes in Hoogeveen.The VAM-Berg hill that the riders will ascent three times (with 142km, 38.7km and 32.5km to go respectively) is about 40 meters high, very steep climb of only 400 meters at an average 9.7% gradient (with maximum two-digit gradients). The hill is named after Vuil Afvoer Maatschappij a former waste disposal management company headquartered in Wijster, Drenthe. Its original purpose was to bring and there composting garbage from the Randstad (the megalopolis formed by the cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrechtt) to areas with poor soil.
Favourites & Outsiders
Our favourite: Jolien D’hoore
Our outsider: Sheyla Gutiérrez
Sheyla Gutiérrez (Cylance) will be our only Spanish representative at the 2017 edition of Ronde van Drenthe.
Who to follow
15 riders to watch at Ronde van Drenthe
Dutch rider Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans) won on Saturday, 12 March 2016 the second event of the UCI WWT, the Ronde van Drenthe, covering 138.3km from Hoogeveen to Hoogeveen. On the final sprint she overtook her breakaway partners, Australian rider Gracie Elvin (Orica-AIS), German rider Trixi Worrack (Canyon SRAM) and Dutch rider Anna van der Breggen (Rabobank Liv). British team Wiggle-High5 ended the race defeated as they could not get a rider in the four-rider breakaway with around 60 kilometres to go and their efforts to bring them back didn’t work out either.
How to follow the race
A priori the race will be broadcasted live in Dutch:
A few Twitter accounts and hashtags (among others) to follow the race:
A few Facebook accounts: