My frustration with trying to get into the Amstel Gold Tourist ride this year must have been heard as the organizers switched to a lottery format to prevent their computers from crashing again. So I did not have to fight with 40,000 people for the chance to ride the Limburger Alps but simply sent in my 5 Euros and waited for the result.
And the result is a positive one! I was notified today that I was one of the Chosen Few, so it will be just me and my friend the Thin Man and 11,000 others at the starting line on April 14, 2012. This is the day before the Amstel Gold pro race. I will be riding the 150 km route, which will probably feature enough hills to make me happy.
And I am considering riding it on my beautiful Raleigh Team Pro in tribute to Jan Raas, who won the professional race five times while riding a similar bike for the mighty Team Raleigh:
Let the training begin! For the cycling, not the Amstel drinking, for which I seem already prepared...