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18-11-2022 | Frank Jansen

5 events that require a draw

Some events are so popular a draw is needed to participate. CycloWorld collected 5 of them and gives you all the inns & outs.


Amstel Gold Race

  • Date: April 15, 2023
  • Number of available spots: 15.000
  • Number of riders participating in the draw: unknown
  • Draw open: beginning of October until around half November
  • Opportunities when not selected: On the Dutch classifieds website Marktplaats you can usually find tickets, or try Facebook. An ID is not required when collecting the starting number. You can use your ticket for all courses. 

Ötztaler Radmarathon

  • Datum: July 9, 2023
  • Number of available spots: 4.000
  • Number of riders participating in lottery: usually around 17.000
  • Draw open: the entire month of November, result beginning December
  • Opportunities when not selected: no, but starting tickets are personal and you'll have show ID when collecting them. But there are few things you can do to prevent from missing out. VeloTours and En Route offer all-in-one package deals including a ticket. Another alternative is to have a friend or family member enter the lottery, besides yourself. Should one of these persons be allowed to the race, you can transfer the ticket to your own name for around 50 euros, provided you entered the draw yourself. 

Maratona dles Dolomites

  • Date: July 2, 2023
  • Number of available spots: 9.000
  • Number of riders participating in lottery: This year 27.000, other years even more.
  • Draw open: from the beginning of October until the beginning of November. Results published mid-November.
  • Opportunities when not selected: starting tickets are personal and you'll have show ID when collecting them. There is however a special sale for charity (starting from 300 euros). You can prevent not being selected by booking an all-in-one package through VeloTours or En Route. Mind you, these packages are usually sold out quickly.

Quebrantahuesos

  • Date: usually half December. Results later in January.
  • Number of available spots: around 8.500
  • Number of riders participating in lottery: approx. 14.000
  • Draw open: unknown.
  • Opportunities when not selected: starting tickets are personal and you'll have show ID when collecting them. An alternative is to book a so called  "Training pack" through the organizer's website. It's an extensive package, that includes a ticket. The price for 2021 was 250 euros. There are also a few tour operators that offer all-in-one packages. 

Fietselfstedentocht

  • Date: May 23, 2023 
  • Number of available spots: 15.000
  • Number of riders participating in lottery: variable, record is on 28.000
  • Draw open: 1-12 up to and including 15-12. 
  • Opportunities when not selected: On the Dutch classifieds website Marktplaats you can usually find tickets, or try Facebook. An ID is not required when collecting the starting number. 

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