CONQUER THE FLANDRIEN CHALLENGE
HIT 59 ICONIC BERG & COBBLE SEGMENTS IN LESS THAN 72 HOURS
Flanders, the heartland of cycling, is calling you for an unbelievable experience. Hit 59 iconic berg & cobble segments, marked on the road and tracked online, in less than 72 hours. Shake it on the Paterberg pavée, grind your teeth on the Kapelmuur, and hammer your way to the top of the Kemmelberg.
If you succeed, we’ll make you legend: with your own personalised stone on the wall of fame of the Centre Ronde van Vlaanderen in Oudenaarde.
What is the Flandrien Challenge?
... and what is a Flandrien?
The Flandrien Challenge is a cycling challenge where digital and physical worlds collide. It visualizes the digital STRAVA segments on the road surface of numerous storied climbs and cobbled roads in Flanders. This is a unique physical manifestation of cycling's most popular digital experience.
A True Flandrien is a cyclist who never gives up and relishes challenge. You never hang your head when things get tough and you can hear the finish line calling you... Does this sound like you? Then get ready to prove it with the Flandrien Challenge.
When can i ride the Flandrien Challenge?
We know, in this period it’s difficult to cycle and even more to travel. The Flandrien Challenge, an "Unbelievable Ride”, doesn’t expire. It is a challenge that each cyclist will want to accept at least once in their life: today, tomorrow, in 6 months, in the next years or at the height of the spring classics season.
Those who are interested and are living abroad have all the time they want to train and get ready to challenge themselves in Flanders, while pushing their limits in their hometown or on their turbo trainers and being ready to conquer the Flandrien Challenge whenever we can travel safely again.
YOUR NAME ENGRAVED IN STONE!
CLAIM YOUR PERSONAL MONUMENT AT THE CENTRE RONDE VAN VLAANDEREN IN OUDENAARDE
So you've taken on all 59 segments, climbed every berg, conquered every cobblestone and all within 72 hours? In that case, you've proven yourself a true Flandrien!
Each cyclist who succeeds will become part of the legend. They engrave their name in a stone, like a cobble, that will be exhibited on a real Wall of Fame at the Centrum Ronde Van Vlaanderen in Oudenaarde: a unique place for those who love cycling, the ultimate experience for the fans of the Tour of Flanders.
We can't wait to welcome and reward our true Flandriens at the Centre Ronde van Vlaanderen in Oudenaarde. For now, the Centre is temporarely closed due to the Covid-19 measures. But let us invite you soon to engrave your personalised cobblestone, then sit back with one of 'Flanders Finest', admire your place on our Wall of Fame and reflect on your achievement. In meanwhile, enjoy your name on our digital WALL OF FAME.
unlocked in 72 hours
HOW TO TACKLE THIS?
preparation is half the battle!
Like any challenge, it's important to break this down into easy steps.
Before you start cycling:
2 more tips
STAR THE OFFICIAL FLANDRIEN CHALLENGE SEGMENTS ON STRAVA
You must ride the official, marked on the road, Flandrien Challenge segments to qualify for the badges on our website and to be eligible as a True Flandrien. To make sure you hit all the roads you need to, go to STRAVA and follow this sequence: STRAVA >>> search segments >>> use this query: ‘flandrien challenge’. Then click the star at the left of each 🏆Flandrien Challenge🏆 segment title. Please note that these run over three pages. This has a secondary benefit if your GPS device has a live segments function of allowing you to unlock segments as you ride the challenge!
ENABLE TURN BY TURN NAVIGATION
Next up, make sure you enable the turn by turn navigation function on your GPS device. Like our races, the routes we've made to enable you to ride our segments tend to criss-cross each other and the lanes of rural Flanders are a maze even for those who've been riding them their whole life. Having directions to follow from our GPX files will give you the best experience and the best chance of success.
ON THE BIKE
keep it safe
This challenge is not about speed. You don't need to go for KOM/QOM on every segment, it's much better to save your legs to make sure you can get round. Likewise, as much as motorists expect to see and respect cyclists in Flanders, it pays to ride cautiously and respect the local traffic rules. Chief among these in Flanders is that if a bike lane is provided you must use it. For a good general guide on riding courteously consult the STRAVA community standards.
You are free!
This is a ‘free route’ challenge which means there is no fixed route. Unlock the 59 segments in maximum 72 hours and you succeeded the Flandrien Challenge. You can pick your route and choose yourself in which order you ride all the segments. Not familiar with the area or in need of inspiration? We created three routes that will help you on your way to the finish. And remember: pain is just weakness leaving the body.
Build your own route
We offer you this this ZIP file with 59 gpx files. You can use it to build your own route.
Hall of Fame
These 25 cyclists proved themselves over 59 bergs and cobbles in less than 72 hours. We call them ‘true Flandriens’.