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become a True Flandrien?

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.

If you succeed, we’ll make you a legend: with your own personalised stone on the wall of fame of the Centre Ronde van Vlaanderen in Oudenaarde.

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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 man or woman of steel. A heroic cyclist who never gives up, relishes a challenge and eats pain for breakfast.

When can i ride the Flandrien Challenge?

Whenever you want and whenever the world allows you. The Flandrien Challenge is here to stay. Spend your time wisely and prepare yourself for some heroic suffering whenever you're here: tomorrow, in six month's time or even in the next couple of years.

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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? You've climbed every berg? Conquered every cobblestone? All within 72 hours? Congratulations, you've proven yourself a true Flandrien!

Each cyclist who succeeds will become part of the legend. Their names will be engraved in a cobblestone, that gains a spot on the real Wall of Fame at Centre Ronde Van Vlaanderen in Oudenaarde: a place dedicated to the gods of this beautiful sport. Simply show your phone at the reception after you completed the challenge.

Your Challenge

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HOW TO TACKLE THIS?

preparation is half the battle!

Like any challenge, it's important to break this down into easy steps. Head over to our Frequently Asked Questions section to learn more.

Before you start cycling:

2 more tips

  1. STAR THE OFFICIAL FLANDRIEN CHALLENGE SEGMENTS ON STRAVA

    If your GPS device has a live segments function, starring the official 🏆Flandrien Challenge🏆 segments will allow you to view those segments as you ride the challenge. This will add some fun to your ride, but is not needed to complete the challenge.

  2. ENABLE TURN BY TURN NAVIGATION

    You could also choose to 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.

Let's share

In need of a cheering crowd on the (social media) sidelines? Share your achievements with us on Facebook and Instagram using #cyclinginflanders #flandrienchallenge! And don’t forget to cheer for your fellow cobbled riders.

You’ve conquered all 59 berg & cobble segments in less than 72 hours? Eager to start this challenge, but searching for extra tips & tricks from your fellow sufferers? Either way, feel free to share your thoughts in our Cycling in Flanders club on Strava.

The Route: 3 day suggestion

This is a free route challenge: you can tackle the 59 segments in whatever order you want to. As long as you manage to do so within 72 hours, you have succeeded. Not familiar with the area or in need of inspiration? Don't worry, we've created three routes right here. 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.


Flandrien Challenge - Day 1

START
Ieper
DISTANCE
74.8
ALTIMETERS
914
UNLOCKS
9 / 59 segments

Flandrien Challenge - Day 2

START
Oudenaarde
DISTANCE
189.6
ALTIMETERS
2392
UNLOCKS
25 / 59 segments

Flandrien Challenge - Day 3

START
Oudenaarde
DISTANCE
142.1
ALTIMETERS
2232
UNLOCKS
25 / 59 segments

The Route: 4 day suggestion

Feel more comfortable spreading the Flandrien Challenge over 4 days instead of 3? We created this 4 day suggestion by popular demand. Same challenge, still 59 segments in 72 hours, but spread over 4 rides. Just make sure to plan this well, so that there's actually maximum 72 hours between hitting your first segment and finishing the last one.


Flandrien Challenge - 4 days - Day 1

START
Ieper
DISTANCE
74.8
ALTIMETERS
914
UNLOCKS
9 / 59 segments

Flandrien Challenge - 4 days - Day 2

START
Geraardsbergen
DISTANCE
93.6
ALTIMETERS
1262
UNLOCKS
12 / 59 segments

Flandrien Challenge - 4 days - Day 3

START
Oudenaarde
DISTANCE
142.1
ALTIMETERS
2232
UNLOCKS
25 / 59 segments

Flandrien Challenge - 4 days - Day 4

START
Oudenaarde
DISTANCE
81.82
ALTIMETERS
905
UNLOCKS
13 / 59 segments

Hall of Fame

True Flandriens

714 cyclists proved themselves over 59 bergs and cobbles in less than 72 hours. We call them ‘true Flandriens’.

David Noterman
Ellezelles, Belgium
Edwin Moreau
Micha Luyens
Gent, Belgium
Sean Edwards
Farnham, United Kingdom
Frederik Van Bever
Foeke
Wevelgem, Belgium
Hannes Decock
Patrick Praet
Ninove, België
Kenny Dehem *GC*
Tim Noens
Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
Bert Jonckheere
Gent, Belgium
Elke Baetens
Melle, Belgium
Michiel Dewilde
Antwerpen, Belgium
jeroen van gasse
Zingem
Bjorn Van Looy
sito presto
Oudenaarde, België
Wout Vandaele
Wielsbeke, België
Vlastimil Heller
Teplice, Česká republika
Greg Pyck
Belgique
Staf Loncke
Zwevegem, Belgium
Martijn Lemahieu
Sam De Metzeler
Ninove, België
Thomas Deberlanger
Jasper Goossens
Gent, Belgium
Jeroen Braekevelt
Pittem, België
Stijn Devos
Avelgem, België
Pieter Dheedene
Waregem, Belgium
Tom D'haveloose
Wevelgem, Belgium
Jack Richards
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
NEAL THOMAS
Tempe, United States
Pieter Hanssens
Wevelgem, Belgium
David Verbruggen
Floor Martens
Sieuwe Vandenbraembussche
Al's Bike Shed
St Brides Major, United Kingdom
Kevin Dumon
Ieper, België
Simon Lerno
Schaerbeek, Belgium
Daniel Bee
Shipston-on-Stour, United Kingdom
Andrew Storrie
Bridgend, United Kingdom
Jasper Delva
Ieper, Belgium
Pieter-Jan Gantois
Koksijde, Belgium
Tommy Steen
Mike Merchant
Manchester, United Kingdom
Mathias Van Onckelen
Hemiksem, Belgium
Camile Dejonghe
Bert Romeyns
Camillo Lasagna
Plodio, Italia
Dries Pauwels
Beveren, België
Wannes Schuermans
Merksplas
Yvan Dobbelaere
Zomergem, Belgium