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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

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

Kurt Van Brandt
Brakel
Thomas De Bleser
Gent, Belgium
Vladimír Mrázik
Antwerp
Frederik Van Bever
thomas dewyn
Brecht Olieux
Stefan Deflou
Steven Van Soom
Putte, België
Glenn To
Asbjørn Gaardsmand
Kristof Dekeyser
Maxim Vandaele
Roeselare, Belgium
koen dermaut
Gavere, Belgium
Mathias Moens
Sam De Metzeler
Ninove, België
Jef Ruytinx
Halen, Belgium
Stan Vanneuville
Koksijde, Belgium
Robbe Engels (#WVArunningteam)
Thomas Claessens
Bert Romeyns
Foeke
Wevelgem, Belgium
Ruben Masquelin
Ingelmunster
Jan Moons
Aalst - 🇧🇪
Langer Tuenn_BN
Bonn, Deutschland
Jonathan Jacobs
Manu Lowie
Bruno Bloeyaert
Regis DD
Miłosz Borkowski
Erwin Geboers
Lommel
Michiel Develter
Bert De Block
Assenede, Belgium
David De Prest
Melle, België
Tom De Ridder
België
Maxim Laporte
Waregem, Belgium
Philippe Poelaert
Filip Balthazar
Wetteren, Belgium
Sam De Cubber
Stienus Daems
Oud Turnhout, Belgium
Nicolas Moyersoen
Simons Jo
Wetteren, Belgium
Frederik Luyckx
Sint-Laureins, Belgium
Bey Vrancken
Leuven
Kristof Quintyn
Geraardsbergen, The Netherlands
hans vlamynck
Kurt Viaene
Gistel, België
Didier Reynaert
BXL
Bieke Boulaert
Oosterzele, Belgium
Lieven Tack
Sente City, United States
Dennis Dieussaert
Bredene, Belgium