Cauberg

Valkenburg, The Netherlands

The Cauberg is a col with a length of 785 meter. It is located in Valkenburg, Limburg, The Netherlands. The average grade of this col is 7.8% with a maximum of 13.2%. The Cauberg ascents from 76 meter at the start, to 134 meter at the top, with a total of 58 ascending meters.

Profile

Cauberg Profile

Facts

Distance 785 m
Elevation gain 58 m
Average grade 7.8 %
Maximum grade 13.2 %
Climb category None
Minimum elevation 76 m
Maximum elevation 134 m

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Description

The Amstel Gold Race has had its finish on Cauberg since 2003. The race often finishes with an uphill sprint of a small group of cyclists on Cauberg. This happens after competitors have already climbed Cauberg twice. Since 2017 The last climb of the Cauberg was removed so that the Geulhemmerberg and Bemelerberg (7.4km from the finish) are the last climbs now. It was done so that the race was less locked.

According to Leo van Vliet, the finish on the Cauberg only became a possibility after Holland Casino was open to a new arrival location. "We raced over the Cauberg in the final those years, but that was still quite far from the finish. And there was always grumbling from Holland Casino about the accessibility and road closures. So I didn't think it would ever work out. Until I heard Holland Casino director Peter Michalides say: 'Then they'd better finish here. I immediately went to him and asked if he meant what he said. Because I had been dreaming of such a finish for years."

The name Cauberg is possibly derived from the Celtic word kadeir or calm, which means 'height' or 'hill'.

The Cauberg has been included in many other Dutch cycling races such as Eneco Tour, Ster ZLM Toer, Olympia's Tour and Dutch National Road Racing Championships.

Three Grand-Tours have included Cauberg in their route: the 1992 Tour de France (7th stage), the 2006 Tour de France (3rd stage) and the 2009 Vuelta a España (4th stage).

The UCI Road World Championships have been centered on Cauberg five times (1938, 1948, 1979, 1998 and 2012 UCI Road World Championships).


- UCI Road World Championships 1938
- UCI Road World Championships 1948
- Dutch Road National Championships 1952 - Stage 1
- UCI Road World Championships 1979
- UCI Road World Championships 2012
- Tour de France 2006 - Stage 3
- Amstel Gold Race 1968-1979, 1989-1991, 1997, 2003-2019, 2021
- Vuelta a Espana 2009 - Stage 4
- Eneco Tour 2012 - Stage 3
- Ronde van Limburg 2018
- ZLM Tour 2019 - Stage 3