09-11-2021 | Frank Jansen

5 events that require a lottery

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


Amstel Gold Race

  • Date: April 9, 2022
  • Number of available spots: 15.000
  • Number of riders participating in lottery: unknown
  • Lottery open: beginning of October until around half November (this year: 11-11)
  • 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: August 28, 2022 (not yet confirmed)
  • Number of available spots: 4.000
  • Number of riders participating in lottery: usually around 17.000
  • Lottery open: the entire month of February, result beginning of March.
  • 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 lottery yourself. 

Maratona dles Dolomites

  • Date: July 3, 2022
  • Number of available spots: 9.000
  • Number of riders participating in lottery: This year 27.500, other years even more.
  • Lottery open: from the beginning of October until the beginning of November. This year it closed at 3-11.
  • 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: June 18, 2022 
  • Number of available spots: around 10.000
  • Number of riders participating in lottery: approx. 14.000
  • Lottery open: 1-12-2021 until 12-1-2022. Result: 14-1-2022.
  • 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: June 6, 2022 
  • Number of available spots: 15.000
  • Number of riders participating in lottery: varieert, record staat op 28.000
  • Lottery 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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