Ride The Koppenberg – Ouch!
We first ran this account of what it’s like to climb the famous Koppenberg last year. What would Flanders be without this wall of terror? – Well, I’m sure they’d find another just-as-nasty ‘berg to replace it, but seeing is believing, so settle into your office chair and drop into your ’23 – ’25 if you got one… you’re about to read our PCN exclusive first-hand account of what it’s like to ride the Koppenberg!
– By Robert Van Willingenburg –
“Just back from Flanders. This was definitely the real thing…pity it didn’t rain though 😉
Hearing your stories (editor’s note: – from those of us who don’t live near enough to the “action”.) I feel so lucky to live only a 2 hour drive away from this Promised Land… together with 15,000 idiots who did the cyclo
on Saturday (annual ride). I did the 145 km version, which skips just the first 120 boring kilometers and brings you right to the first of all 16 climbs.
I read in a Belgian newspaper that one has not matured as a rider if you have never done the Koppenberg. So I did it twice, on Friday and Saturday! Damn those bricks! But seriously, the Koppenberg has been renovated beautifully. It’s just a bit narrow and steep, so if you’re well-trained the 18% in the middle can be done unless some fat-bellied bozo before you decides to give it all up and drop himself in front of you. The same goes for the Muur van Geraardsbergen and especially the Paterberg, which I personally consider to be the worst of them all. This could be true, because the overall average of Paterberg is the highest with 12% and there’s a terrible piece of 22%.”
Actual cobblestones on the Koppenberg – !
View looking down the hill – the direction you wish you were going!
Imagine this tiny strip of road jammed with drunk Belgian fans – !
Till next time…