We're giving you the chance to ride in the tyre tracks of the professionals at the inaugural Hammer Challenge in Limburg, the Netherlands, this summer.
The three-day amateur event will take place on the same three days as Hammer Limburg, from June 1-3.
Just like the professional version, Hammer Challenge is made up of three races: the Hammer Climb on June 1, the Hammer Sprint on June 2 and the Hammer Chase on June 3.
You can take part as a team or individually. Individuals will be grouped together in teams on Day 3 for the Climb. Each team can be a minimum of three riders and a maximum of five.
Finishers receive a medal every day, while those that take part on all three days can bid for overall victory and the honour of being the first Hammer Challenge champions.
Those wanting to take part in the events but not wanting to race are welcome to do so and ride the circuit at their own pace.
HOW IT WORKS
The Hammer Climb
The race will take place over multiple laps of a circuit in Vaals. Points will be on offer to the first riders over the line on each lap and race victory will go to the rider or team with the most points.
The Hammer Sprint
The race will take place over multiple laps starting and finishing at the Tom Dumoulin Bike Park in Sittard. Points will be on offer to the first riders over the line on each lap and race victory will go to the team with the most points.
The Hammer Chase
This is a team time trial starting and finishing at the Tom Dumoulin Bike Park in Sittard. The fastest team will win the Hammer Chase and results will count towards the overall Hammer Challenge general classification.
HOW TO ENTER
Entry prices for each rider are as follows:
- One day: €35. Optional extras include a Hammer Series cycling jersey for €30 and a ticket to the Hammer Peloton Tour Ride (see below) for €30.
- Two days: €60. Optional extras include a Hammer Series cycling jersey for €15 and a ticket to the Hammer Peloton Tour Ride for €15.
- Three days: €75. Price includes a Hammer Series cycling jersey, a free ticket to the Hammer Cycling Café (see below) and a free ticket to the Hammer Peloton Tour Ride.
The following is included in the price:
- Timing chip(s)
- Bib number(s)
- Locker for your clean clothes
- Safe bike parking (before and after)
- Hammer Challenge goodies
- Pro assistance
- Official race experience
- Hammer Challenge medal
- Free drink after you finish
- Post-race pasta/buffet in premium viewing (voucher on wristband)
- Finisher/participant pictures
- Finisher/participant movie
- Finisher medal
There is a 15% discount if you register as a club, team or family.