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.
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.
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.
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. 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!
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.
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.
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.
Hall of Fame
597 cyclists proved themselves over 59 bergs and cobbles in less than 72 hours. We call them ‘true Flandriens’.