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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. Right now it's a bit tricky to travel, but 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 museum dedicated to the gods of this beautiful sport. Simply show your phone at the reception after you completed the challenge.

For more questions, head over to
our Frequently Asked Questions section.

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.

Before you start cycling:

2 more tips

  1. 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. For the moment, Strava doesn't show all 59 segments. You can still mark the missing segments by opening them through Plan your stay > The Ride on our website, and then clicking on View on Strava. 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!

  2. 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.

Let's share

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.

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.

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
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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

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

Pieter Vanlerberghe
Huise, Belgium
Kurt Viaene
Gistel, België
Jeroen Braekevelt
Pittem, België
Mathias Everaert
Wichelen
Tom Peeters
Dilbeek, Belgium
Baptiste Dupont
Mons
Hannes Decock
Steven Bral
Waarschoot, Belgium
Nils Janssens
Jelle Op de Beeck
Tim Noens
Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
henri Vanholme #SST
Alveringem, Belgium
Jeffrey Jacobs
Aartselaar, Belgium
Jasper Brouckaert
Gullegem, Belgium
Maxim De Groote
Wetteren, Belgium
Mehdi Pletinckx
Jurgen Langmans
Lille
Pieter Hanssens
Wevelgem, Belgium
Jan Moons
Aalst - 🇧🇪
Olivier D'haene/duatlon‍
Koekelare, België
John Pfennings (FC Nog Eine)
Melick, The Netherlands
Knt Vivei
Belgium
Klaus Dewolf
Zulte, Belgium
Maarten Thys
Ramaekers Peter
Overpelt, Belgium
Tom Tytgat
Benny Geldhof
Kortrijk, Belgium
Gonzague Lepine
Mons, Belgium
Sammy Schotte
Menen, Belgium
Sarah Ten Hartog
België, België
Pieter-Jan Vanhaverbeke
Kristian Koksvik-Engen
Mons, Belgium
Koen Lefevre
Deinze
Nicolas Beernaert
Jabbeke, Belgium
Lucie Van Ranst
Mespelare, Belgium
Benoit Moniquet
Linter, België
Kobe Deraeve
Gent, België
Davy De Groote
WAREGEM, Belgium
Michiel De Buysscher
Zandhoven, Belgium
Steven Dillen
Itegem, Belgium
X De
Zwevegem, Belgium
Dirk Hooybergs
Tom Dervaux
Ypres, Belgium
Gunther Claeys
Oliver Petrosch
Jorem Dornez
Anzegem, Belgium
Senne Cornelis
Ghent, België
Brecht Olieux
Tom Vanbelle
Harelbeke, Belgium
Tom Swartelé