Flanders Gravel & Cobbles
This route, which we will definitely ride again in spring 22 and partially rework it. is highly recommended Not only because of the many beautiful gravel pieces, but also because we ride into cycling history. With cobblestone climbing on 4 of the key points of Flanders’ most beautiful, interspersed with gravel roads and some lost singletrack.
With 784 m+ in 60.8 km and 35% unpaved, this route is certainly not a walk in the park … but then the classics are not.
We leave in Greta’s Brasserie on top of the beautiful pottelberg. She will not only spoil you with coffee or one of the many regional beers. The food in the Brasserie is certainly worth tasting. And while you wait, you can be inspired by the fun and beautiful paintings on the wall. (all by Greta)
Brasseried’Hoppe, D’Hoppe 6, 7880 Vloesberg
60,8 km, 784 Hm, 35 % Unpaved
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3 highlights of this route
The Oude Kwaremont was first included in the Tour of Flanders in 1974 and is now climbed several times. The climb consists of (poor) cobblestone from start to finish and has a maximum gradient of 11%. With a length of 2.2, the Oude Kwaremont is one of the longest climbs in the Flemish Ardennes
After the old kwaremont comes the ultra-short, but super-steep cobblestone climb of the Patersberg. An ascent of less than 400 meters, but according to experts one of the most difficult climbs in Flanders. How is that possible? Simple, mix a cobblestone strip with an average gradient of almost 14%!