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Climbs of the Tour of Flanders

In 2016 Sports ours International gives you all yet again the opportunity to take part in the ‘Ronde van Vlaanderen’ official cyclo-sportive. Nearly all climbs and cobbled sections that the pro riders will attack just the day after will be on the programme. You will even tackle them in an almost identical order as the pros will. You had better be prepared to tackle the Molenberg, Koppenberg, Taaienberg, Eikenberg and Valkenberg.

The finale will take place on the infamous Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg. Nearby you can celebrate just like Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara, by crossing the official finish in Oudenaarde. Cyclists completing the full distance will experience an unforgetful start on the Markt in Bruges.

Sports Tours International provides travel packages to ride the 2016 Tour of Flanders Cyclo-Sportive and to watch the 2016 Tour of Flanders on April 3rd 2016 which will be the 100th edition of this iconic Spring Classic.
Click here for full details of our Tour of Flanders packages.

The Molenberg is a narrow sloping, cobbled street in Zwalm that every year comes alive in spring when the Tour of Flanders is in town. At 474 m. it is a short climb, but the cobbles and gradients of up to no less than 14.2% guarantee a spectacle. This climb is also used in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

Location: Zwalm
Length: 474m
Average %: 7%
Max %: 14.2%


De Koppenberg is one of the most mythical hills in the Flemish Ardennes. Famous, among other things, for the Tour of Flanders, which is also nicknamed Vlaanderen's Mooiste ("Flanders' finest"), and the annual Koppenbergcross cyclocross race. Traditionally, a proportion of the participants every year dismount to make the steep cobbled climb on foot, and the image of Fabian Cancellara a few years ago doing just that, his chain draped round his neck after it had broken, is still clear in our memories.

Location: Oudenaarde
Length: 700m
Average %: 9.4%
Max %: 22%

De Koppenberg

The Taaienberg is a cobbled climb in Etikhove which is famous due to the fact that not only the Tour of Flanders, but also the E3 Harelbeke and the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad all pass this way. This hill has now come to be nicknamed The Boonenberg, because this is where Tom Boonen makes his first attack every year.

Location: Etikhove
Length: 890m
Average %: 6.1%
Max %: 16%


At 2,200 m. De Oude Kwaremont is the longest cobbled climb in Belgium. Since 2011 it has taken on a more important role in the final of the Tour of Flanders.
Together with the Paterberg it is now part of the final lap. In 2012 the pros climbed it a total of three times.

Location: Kwaremont
Length: 2200m
Average %: 4%
Max %: 11.6%

Oude Kwaremont

De Paterberg is a short, steep cobbled climb and since 2011 this has been the absolute killer in the Tour of Flanders. Where the Oude Kwaremont is a long climb, the Paterberg is a steep narrow cobbled incline of 360 m. with a maximum gradient of 20.3 %. It was here, last year, that Fabian Cancellara outrode Peter Sagan, ultimately going on to triumph solo in Oudenaarde.

Location: Kluisbergen
Length: 360m
Average %: 12.9%
Max %: 20.3%

De Paterberg

Fancy riding the Tour of Flanders route or watching the Pro Race?
If this has whetted your appetite and you fancy riding the Ronde van Vlaanderenofficial cyclo-sportive and watching the professionals race over the same route in the Tour of Flanders, click here for full, details of our packages.

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