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Title: Dutch Food Valley Classic 23 August 2013
Post by: just some guy on August 21, 2013, 08:14
The professional cycling race Veenendaal-Veenendaal first took place in 1985 and is called a "city by city contest". In consultation with the Royal Dutch Cycling Union (KNWU) is initially chosen for a match in preparation for the world championships on the road for professionals. Direct already established the event name and fame through her ​​first winner Joop Zoetemelk, who subsequently became world champion.

Due to changes in the international cycling calendar is Veenendaal-Veenendaal from 1994 moved to April and is thus come to be known as a classic for years. Research has shown that this offers many commercial and sporting benefits. In sport technical sense because of the growing importance of the preseason for professional cyclists. Veenendaal-Veenendaal was therefore held between known spring classics such as the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and the Amstel Goldrace.

In November 2004, the foundation reached the happy news that Veenendaal-Veenendaal would be upgraded. 1.HC to the category Meanwhile therefore makes Prof. Cycling classic Veenendaal-Veenendaal from the 2005 season in the category 1.HC part of a row of illustrious names such as the Tower the People, E3 Prijs Harelbeke, Rundum Henninger Turm and Paris-Brussels. Each course with a rich past. All in all, a remarkable achievement in light of the relatively short existence of Veenendaal-Veenendaal.

As of 2007, Veenendaal-Veenendaal changed to Dutch Food Valley Classic. The start and finish are the same, namely in Veenendaal. Further, the round now by many municipalities in the province of Utrecht and Gelderland. Besides the regular climbs as the Amerongse Mountain, Grebbeberg and Horse Field in Rhenen and Posbank near Arnhem, is the trail include also Doorn, Austerlitz, Woudenberg, Scherpenzeel, Barneveld, Lunteren, Ede, Renkum, Wageningen, Velp, Rheden and Oosterbeek.


That the cycling international reputation enjoys evident from the respectable honor roll of winners, such as Joop Zoetemelk, Jean-Paul van Poppel, Viatcheslav Ekimov, Olaf Ludwig, Andrei Tchmille, Jeroen Blijlevens, Tristan Hoffman, Steven de Jongh, Leon van Bon and Tom Boonen

website  (  start list  (





TV - ( will have 30 min highlights at 23.00 on friday night and again 14.30 on saturday

#belkin have a strong team of Goos , Bol and Kelderman , Boeckmans and Kenny Van Hummel for  #vacansoleil

the " brothers " of Terpstra and Gilbert will be riding and will a *nl nat team with Raymond Kreder and Langeveld heading up that team

should a bit of fun, we discussed not doing a thread for this but the info was all there and easy to do

Previous winners
2012   BOS Theo *nl   
2011   BOS Theo *nl   
2010   BOASSON HAGEN Edvald *no   
2009   VAN HUMMEL Kenny Robert *nl   
2008   FÖRSTER Robert *de   
2007   RADOCHLA Steffen *de   
2006   BOONEN Tom *be   
2005   VAN SCHALEN Paul *nl   
2004   CADAMURO Simone *it   
2003   VAN BON Leon *nl

Title: Re: Dutch Food Valley Classic 23 August 2013
Post by: LukasCPH on August 21, 2013, 08:34
the Tower the People? :slow :lol

I have an affinity to this race as I've ridden on some of the roads it takes place on, including the Amerongse Berg. Nasty little thing.
The uphill finish is new, I think - how else could Bos have won the last two editions?
In any case, the race is not as flat as the palmarès would make you think; those sprinters are simply that (relatively) good at surviving the small, but many hills and/or being paced back by their teammates.
Title: Re: Dutch Food Valley Classic 23 August 2013
Post by: just some guy on August 23, 2013, 20:28
Title: Re: Dutch Food Valley Classic 23 August 2013
Post by: L'arri on August 24, 2013, 13:02
From the CN report (

The Dutch Food Valley Classic, formerly known as Veenendaal-Veenendal, took place on a completely redesigned course. The newly appointed race director Thijs Zonneveld also implemented some new technology to make the race more interesting to both spectators as tv viewers.

"We wanted to alter the race course to give different riders a chance, and to avoid the inevitable bunch kick," he said in a preview. "We also got special permission from the UCI to mount Zepcam camera's on the riders' bikes to provide an inside view into the peloton."

Sounds like Zonneveld - presumably the same Thijs as the cycling journo who writes for NRC - introduced a lot of innovations here. Will the race be back next year?