2015 TOUR OF FLANDERS
DATE OF EVENT: 03 - 06 April 2015
More information for riders about the event will be here soon. If you have never ridden on the cobbles we'll be giving our view point on all the things you need to know, which will cover topics like Training Equipment and on the day tips.
The Molenberg is a narrow sloping cobbled street in Zwalm that every year buzzes with energy in the classic spring. At 474 m. it is a short climb, but the cobbles, and gradients of up to no less than 14.2%, guarantee a spectacle.
One of the most mythical hills in the Flemish Ardennes. Famous, among other things, for the Tour of Flanders, nicknamed Vlaanderens 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 the chain broke, is still clear in our memories.
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.
At 2,200 m. the Oude Kwaremont is the longest paved 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.
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.
You can get so close to the race on the Sunday the atmosphere is amazing !
Ronde Vlaanderen Photos
A video of the Velo Club Londres riding the cyclosportive shows what it's like out there on the cobbles.
Some good riding by Velo Club Londres in the above video. Avelo images will be shooting and recording our trip to the cobbles in 2015.
133km Route (2013) Click on the map to get more details.