Bram Schmitz, who finished sixth, leads up the climb © Bart Hazen

Bram Schmitz, who finished sixth, leads up the climb © Bart Hazen

Yesterday’s Ronde van Limburg one-day, 188km road race in the Netherlands featured plenty of climbing – and plenty of cyclocrossers anxious to test their uphill fitness. Cyclocross Magazine‘s own Bart Hazen was in attendance and contributed the following report.

Dutch Crossers Test Form in Climbing Race

by Bart Hazen

Many of the top Dutch cyclocrossers, including Eddy van IJzendoorn, Thijs van Amerongen, Bram Schmitz, Lars van der Haar and Belgian Tom van den Bosch competed in the Dutch climbing race, the Ronde van Limburg, on Sunday June 6th. Last year’s winner Thijs Al was not at the start. During the race the riders had to conquer several climbs famous in the cycling world from the Amstel Gold Race road classic. Uphill grinds included the the Eyserbosweg, Camerig, Gulpenerberg and the famous Cauberg. The finish was on top of the Adsteeg, where the Dutch National Road Championships will take place at the end of June. Bram Schmitz (Cycling team Van Vliet – EBH Elshof) was the top-ranked ‘crosser on the day, finishing in sixth, followed by Belgian Tom Van den Bosch (AA Drink Cycling Team). Van der Haar and van Amerongemn, both of the AA Drink Cycling Team, completed the race as well.

Photo Gallery below.

Results (‘crossers in Bold):

1 Jonge, Maarten de Cyclingteam Jo Piels 4.57’45”
2 Glasner, Björn Team Regio-Kreis Aachen NRW (KUOTA) 4.57’45”
3 van Haaren, Bart Cycling team Van Vliet – EBH Elshof 4.57’51” 6″
4 Hagenaars, Luc Team Regio-Kreis Aachen NRW (KUOTA) 4.58’07” 22″
5 Lindeman, Bert Jan Cyclingteam Jo Piels 4.58’17” 32″
6 Schmitz, Bram Cycling team Van Vliet – EBH Elshof 4.58’42” 57″
15 Bosch, Tom van den AA Drink Cycling Team 5.00’38” 2’53”
30 Haar, Lars van der AA Drink Cycling Team 5.02’21” 4’36”
53 Amerongen, Thijs van AA Drink Cycling Team 5.05’56” 8’11”

Ronde van Limburg Photo Gallery: