Cycling's superteams drop the hammer

Programme

The Hammer Series’ inaugural race – Hammer Sportzone Limburg – will take place from June 1-4 at Sportzone Limburg, Sittard-Geleen, in the province of Limburg, the Netherlands, licenced by Extra Leisure BV. It’s a region steeped in cycling tradition, having hosted the most famous Classics and stages of the Grand Tours.

Time Event Location
Thursday 1 June
17:00 – 00:00 Sportzone Limburg open Sportzone Limburg
17:00 – 18:30 Open track cycling (all ages) Sportzone Limburg
19.00 – 21.00 Official Opening and team presentation Sportzone Limburg
21:00 – 00:00 Opening party Sportzone Limburg
Friday 2 June
10:00 – 22:00 Sportzone Limburg open Sportzone Limburg
12:00 – 19:00 Pre-race party and activities Julianaplein, Vaals
13:00 Team bus parade Sportzone Limburg
13:00 – 19:00 VIP Program Drielandenpunt, Vaals
13:40 Teams depart to Vaals Sportzone Limburg
14:50 Teams arrive in Vaals Julianaplein, Vaals
15:00 – 17:00 Hammer Climb race Vaalserberg, Vaals
17:30 – 22:00 Post-race party Sportzone Limburg
17:45 Fan ceremony with winning team Julianaplein, Vaals
19:00 – 21:00 Open track cycling for youth (6-15 years) Sportzone Limburg
Saturday 3 June
07:00 – 09:30 Hammer Tour check-in Sportzone Limburg
07:00 – 09:00 Hammer Tour start – 150 km Sportzone Limburg
07:00 – 10:00 Hammer Tour start – 50,75,100 km Sportzone Limburg
10:00 – 22:00 Sportzone Limburg open Sportzone Limburg
10:00 – 14:30 KNWU Youth races (7-14 years) Sportzone Limburg
13:00 – 19:00 VIP Program Sportzone Limburg
13:30 Team bus parade Sportzone Limburg
14:30 Tour version finish line closed Sportzone Limburg
15:00 – 17:15 Hammer Sprint race Sportzone Limburg
17:30 – 22:00 Post-race party with live band Sportzone Limburg
17:30 Fan ceremony with winning team Sportzone Limburg
19:00 – 21:00 Open track cycling for youth (6-15 years) Sportzone Limburg
Sunday 4 June
10:00 – 22:00 Sportzone Limburg open Sportzone Limburg
13:00 – 19:00 VIP Program Sportzone Limburg
13:30 Team bus parade Sportzone Limburg
14:50 – 15:50 Hammer Chase race (group 1) Sportzone Limburg
16:05 – 17:05 Hammer Chase race (group 2) Sportzone Limburg
17:30 – 22:00 Hammer Sportzone Limburg closing party Sportzone Limburg
17:30 Fan ceremony with winning team Sportzone Limburg
20:30 – 22:00 Open track cycling (all ages) Sportzone Limburg

The Festival

The 4-day cycling festival will not only be pro racing but a chance to participate in races, relax with friends, and grab a bite to eat. Team parades, bike experience areas, entertainment and the expo will make this a hub to hang out, watch the races and have a fun-filled day.

About Limburg

The scenic province of Limburg is the most southerly in all of the Netherlands nestled snugly between Belgium and Germany. Boasting a hilly landscape, Limburg is best known in cycling as the provincial venue for the Amstel Gold Race spring classic; fittingly, the locals are sport fanatics, with hundreds of sport clubs and organisations, making the area a truly ideal location to ensure the premiere race of the Hammer Series is unforgettable.

The first Hammer Series Race – Hammer Sportzone Limburg – will be based in the host city of Sittard-Geleen and its world-class Sportzone Limburg sports facility – which includes a brand new and innovative cycling training and testing track that the Hammer Sportzone Limburg will officially launch into public use. Sittard-Geleen itself is an exuberant city, packed full of culture and history complemented with an entrepreneurial spirit and a strong, growing economy.

Local Residents

On 1-4 June a helicopter may fly above your town filming the races. The helicopter, Airbus AS355, may fly lower than normal although we aim to keep disturbances to a minimum. The peak time for this activity will be 15:00 en 17:30 local time. For any enquiries please contact Heli Service Belgium, ts@hsb.be tel: 00 32 2 361 21 21 or Inspectie Leefomgeving en Transport, 088-4890000 or aviation-approvals@ilent.nl.