Ronde van Drenthe – How to Watch and Streaming Information

There is technically both a women’s and men’s race at the Ronde van Drenthe this weekend, but in a sport that has such an outrageous history of sexism, that’s not what makes it unusual.

What makes it super rare is that it’s one of the few instances in cycling where the women’s event gets all the prestige, along with top billing. In fact, it’s among the oldest races on the women’s WorldTour calendar.

This year’s entry list features two of the biggest names to feature this season. Elisa Balsamo and Lorena Weibes are racing against each other for the first time this year and we can’t wait.

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Wiebes won last year’s race in an incredible sprint to the finish line, Balsamo was less than half a bike length behind her and Lotte Kopecky was third.

What the heck is VAM mountain?

In the Netherlands you would expect the course to be flat, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. This year’s course goes three times over the infamous VAM mountain aka Trash Hill over the 154 km long course.

According to Strava, VAM-berg is a 0.4 km climb with an average gradient of 9.9 percent. There are also five cobblestone sectors in this year’s race. Ouch.

How to see Ronde van Drenthe

Fortunately, with the race being broadcast on GCN+ in the US, we know we’re going to be broadcast well. The race begins Saturday, March 11 at 9:00 am EST and will be streamed live and on-demand on GCN+.

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Natascha Grief got her first job in a bike shop before she was old enough to drink. After six years working as a mechanic during which she earned some pro mechanic certifications and her USA Cycling Race Mechanics license, she became obsessed with frame building and decided to do that next. After Albert Eistentraut literally shooed her off his front door and admonished that if she devoted herself to frame building she would be poor forever, she got an apprenticeship with frame builder Brent Steelman in her hometown of Redwood City, California. After that, she worked for several years for both large and smaller bicycle brands. At some point in there she also became a state-certified bike fitter. Natascha then became a certified personal trainer and continued her education as a trainer and coach for nine years while teaching spin at the same time. During the 2020 dumpster fire, she opened a gym and began contributing regularly to Runner’s World and Bicycling as a freelance writer. In 2022 she joined the staff of Bicycling as a news editor.

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