The Union Européenne de Cyclisme (UEC), has officially declared that Drenthe will host the European Road Cycling Championship in 2023. The event is set to take place on and around the Col du Vam from September 20 to 24 in 2023.
“In recent years we have been able to organize the Dutch National Road Cycling Championships in Drenthe a number of times and the European Cyclo-cross Championships last autumn. After that, we stepped up a gear and are now very proud that we can organize the European Championship Road Cycling 2023,” says Drenthe sports deputy, Henk Brink.
Brink, alongside representatives from the UEC and Royal Dutch Cycling Union, signed off on the European Championship slot on June 2nd atop the Col du Vam (also referred to as the VAM-berg), where the two-day event is set to take place next year.
Various cycling parties from around the province are set to work on the exact starting locations for the European Championship, notes the website of the Provincie Drenthe.
The Dutch National Road Cycling Championships will also be taking place in Drenthe later this month from the 24th to the 26th of June 2022. The event, which is also slated to be centered around the Col du Vam, will start from Westerbork for the first time.
Fortunately, unlike in previous years due to Covid-19 measures, the championship this year will be open to all cycling enthusiasts.
Earlier this week in Friesland close to 2000 cyclists dropped out while attempting to complete the Eleven Cities Cycling Tour due to extreme weather conditions. You can find our coverage of that event here.