Tag Archive: Monumental Climbs

Monumental Bergs: Karnemelkbeekstraat

Unlike many other places in the world, streets rarely run in straight lines here in Belgium; making navigation by street next to impossible. Instead it is generally recommended that you follow signs to major towns until you get close to your destination, where the smaller town names will begin popping up. The major exception to …

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Monumental Bergs: The Edelareberg

The Edelareberg is one of the closest climbs to our door, and like our last Monumental Berg the Cote de Trieu there is some confusion surrounding it’s name. It seems that at one time the Edelareberg was better known as the Kerselareberg, though it is unknown when the name shifted from one to other. We …

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Monumental Bergs: Côte de Trieu

Today we’re heading south of the Flemish border, but just by a touch into the province of Hainaut within French speaking Wallonia (however still within the ‘Flemish Ardennes region’). There lies today’s climb, the Côte de Trieu; though as the climb finishes right on the border between Flanders and Wallonia the climb can also be referred …

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Monumental Bergs: Ladeuze

We’re coming to you from the middle of The ChainStay’s fourth season, which is hands down our busiest season yet! So busy in fact that we are utterly shocked that Le Tour has already crowned it’s winner, the Olympics are just around the corner, and it’s the end of July for goodness sakes! Where has …

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Monumental Bergs: The Muur van Geraardsbergen

The Muur-Kapelmuur (Muur van Geraardsbergen, Mur du Grammont or Wall of Geraardsbergen) is to Flemish bike racing as The Eiffel Tower is to Paris. This climb is hands down the most iconic climb of the Flemish Ardennes, and of Belgium for that matter. I would even go as far to say that the Muur-Kapelmuur would …

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Monumental Bergs: The Kruisberg & Nieuwe Kruisberg

Spring has definitely arrived in Flanders; the sun is shining, birds are chirping, farmers are spraying ‘eau du flandres’ (aka.manuer), and daffodils are everywhere. This can only mean one thing… it’s time for De Ronde. And let me tell you, the people of Oudenaarde have caught De Ronde fever big time!  There are shop front …

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Monumental Bergs: The Oude Kwaremont

Next to the Muur van Geraardsbergen, this week’s feature climb is one of the most thought of climbs when you mention the Flemish Ardennes. The Oude Kwaremont has been a major player in the Tour of Flanders since the early 70′s, and has been included in many other major classics races as well. This year …

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Monumental Bergs: The Nokereberg

What a difference a week makes! This morning we treated ourselves to a glorious sunshine ride through some of the twisty farm roads of Flanders in the direction of this weeks climb, the Nokereberg. This climb runs through the town of Nokere on the edge of the Flemish Ardennes, and just inside the border of …

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Monumental Bergs: The Valkenberg

Hello everyone! This morning we were surprised to look outside our windows to find a mixture of sleet, snow, and rain. This was definitely unexpected, especially since it wasn’t in the forecast. But this is Belgium, the weather can change in an instant, so that’ll teach us not to get too comfortable with some of …

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Monumental Bergs: The Molenberg

This past Saturday Flanders welcomed the return of the road racing season with the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, and we were there basking in the beautiful sunshine! We caught the race along two climbs, including the final climb of the day; the Molenberg. By the climb the winning group had already been established including the eventual …

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Monumental Bergs: The Kattenberg

So you’ve  just arrived in Belgium and are eager to try out some of the famous Flemish Bergs. The only problem though, is that it’s your first day in Flanders and you’ve spent many hours in a plane or in a car. To say the least your legs are not in the ideal condition to …

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Monumental Bergs: The Eikenberg

Up till now our Monumental Bergs have all been 800m or shorter, so we decided to increase the distance just a bit for you. This week we’d like to introduce you to the Eikenberg; a steady climb, mainly cobbled, longer than some, shorter than others, and neither too steep nor too gradual. The Eikenberg, an …

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Monumental Bergs: The Wolvenberg

This week we’d like to introduce you to the often overlooked climb, The Wolvenberg. Thought it’s at par distance wise with some of the other climbs of the Flemish Ardennes, and ranks highly for it’s maximum gradient; the Wolvenberg’s asphalt surface means it won’t become a decisive climb anytime soon. The Wolvenberg covers 800m of …

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Monumental Bergs: The Taaienberg

Following yesterday’s stage win by Tom Boonen at the Tour de San Luis in Argentina it’s only fitting that we feature one of his favorite climbs of the Flemish Ardennes. Casually known as the “Boonenberg” the Taaienberg is a climb where Tom Boonen has been known to test the legs of his competition. The Taaienberg …

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Monumental Bergs: The Paterberg

Less than 6 kilometers down the road from last week’s feature climb the Koppenberg, lies another famous cobbled climb of the Flemish Ardennes; The Paterberg. It’s another extremely tough climb with 46 meters of elevation change over 360 meters; relatively short yes, but its 12% average gradient and 20% maximum gradient over cobblestones means this …

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Monumental Bergs: The Koppenberg

Without the famous bergs, the Flemish Ardennes would hardly register as an epicenter of cycling, but as it so happens there are over 50 climbs in East Flanders alone with nearly 90% of them within 20km of Oudenaarde and a whopping 70% within 15km of Oudenaarde! This is why we thought we’d introduce you to …

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