Date: 7 March 2013
The Drentse 8 van Dwingeloo marks the return of road racing to the Netherlands and is the first of three races making up an extended weekend of cycling centred around the World Cup Race, Ronde van Drenthe. The race consists of three laps in the shape of the figure 8 (Hence, the race’s name) each of 47 km. The race starts and finishes in the village of Dwingeloo. If you’re going to watch the race in person Dwingeloo is the place to do it, the peloton pass through the village on 7 occasions during the race! In terms of an elevation profile it doesn’t really have one: The speed-bumps that litter the village represent some of the biggest climbs on the circuit. Whilst the roads are wide compared to many of those used for racing in this part of the World the course is quite technical, with a series of tight turns, a myriad of street furniture and cobbles.
Much of the road surface, especially through the villages along the circuit are block paved. Which is fine in the dry but if it happens to be wet on race day they will be much slippier than typical tarmac or concrete roads.
Twice on each lap the race will take a detour from the main road, Westeinde on the return to Dwingeloo to cross a very narrow 250 metre cobbled section, There is a smoother central section on the track which should provide a distinct advantage to those at the front of the peloton who can choose their line. Those further back are unlikely to have such a luxury. A large start list make for a tough race, fraught with risks and a day that will internally feel like they playing catch up for anyone who isn’t riding on the front.
History shows that rider’s don’t escape and take the win. Its always a bunch sprint to the line. In the previous 6 editions of the race at least the top 6 finishers have been awarded the same time. Teutenberg used to “own” this race winning 3 on the bounce from 2009 to 2011. As you can see in the highlights video above Chloe Hosking stood a-top the podium. Her first “big” win in Europe and it clearly meant a lot to her. If her early season form in Qatar is anything to go by she’s likely to be up at the head of the field again this year.
|2012||Chloe Hosking||Giorgia Bronzini||Marianne Vos|
|2011||Marianne Vos||Shelley Olds||Emma Johanssen|
|2010||Ina-Yoko Teutenberg||Emma Johansson||Annemiek van Vleuten|
|2009||Ina-Yoko Teutenberg||Regina Schleicher||Kirsten Wild|
|2008||Ina-Yoko Teutenberg||Regina Schleicher||Rochelle Gilmore|
|2007||Regina Schleicher||Rochelle Gilmore||Giorgia Bronzini|