Schin op Geul, The Netherlands
The Keutenberg is a col with a length of 486 meter. It is located in Schin op Geul, Limburg, The Netherlands. The average grade of this col is 11.7% with a maximum of 18%. The Keutenberg ascents from 78 meter at the start, to 136 meter at the top, with a total of 58 ascending meters.
|Elevation gain||58 m|
|Average grade||11.7 %|
|Maximum grade||18 %|
|Minimum elevation||78 m|
|Maximum elevation||136 m|
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The Keutenberg is notorious because it's the steepest climb in the Netherlands. In the past, the setting of less beautiful circumstances but luckily the organizers of the Amstel Gold Race gave it a boost. After the climb in 1990 degenerated into gigantic jamming of riders raking up on foot, stranded trailers and supporters who enthusiastically took over the narrow road, the Keutenberg was taken out of the race. Steven Rooks is held up in the race in 1990 by motards at the Keutenberg and calls the chaos 'race forgery'. Krott decides to cancel the Keutenberg and adds the Sint Pietersberg to the course. He moves the finish to the Maasboulevard in Maastricht.
It was not until seven years later that he returned to the Amstel Gold Race course. The public was no longer allowed, while only the neutral car and the jury were allowed to go up with the riders.
- Amstel Gold Race: 1972-’90, 1997-2019
- Ronde van Limburg 2018