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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 - 3 days - Day 1

START
Ieper
DISTANCE
74.8
ALTIMETERS
914
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9 / 59 segments

Flandrien Challenge - 3 days - Day 2

START
Oudenaarde
DISTANCE
189.6
ALTIMETERS
2392
UNLOCKS
25 / 59 segments

Flandrien Challenge - 3 days - 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

Flandrien Challenge in ONE! day

Spreading the Flandrien Challenge over multiple days is to easy for you? You like to go the distance in epic one day rides? Well then, here's a 300km route tailored to your inner ultra-cyclist. Tom Hudders designed this route and was the first one to complete it. Make sure to be awake and alert, because you sometimes go up and down the same segment in order not to make this route a +400 km monster. Always look out for the start and finish lines of each segment. Enjoy!


Flandrien Challenge in ONE! day

START
Geraardsbergen
DISTANCE
303
ALTIMETERS
4143
UNLOCKS
59 / 59 segments

The route: 2 day suggestion

Here's one for those among you that like to ride two classics in two days. The first day starts in Ypres and finishes in Oudenaarde, combining Ghent-Wevelgem highlights with some of the longest cobble sectors in the Flemish Ardennes. Day two is a brutal loop from Oudenaarde and includes many of the steepest cobbled and paved climbs of the region. If you succeed, you will have conquered almost 400 km and more than 4500 meters of elevation. What are you waiting for?


Flandrien Challenge - 2 days - day 1

START
Ieper
DISTANCE
212
ALTIMETERS
2011
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Flandrien Challenge - 2 days - day 2

START
Oudenaarde
DISTANCE
185
ALTIMETERS
2845
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33 / 59 segments

Hall of Fame

True Flandriens

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

Marco Borghi
Milano, Italy
Bert Dewinter
Meulebeke, België
Dieter Verschaeve
Ieper
Roberth Bekaert
Hannes Naert
Nevele, Belgium
hans vlamynck
Jeroen Devroedt
willem de bock
Oudenaarde, Belgium
Bavo Derammelaere
Brussels, Belgium
Pieter Willekens
Lars Knops
Kristof Quintyn
Geraardsbergen, The Netherlands
Róisín Mossop
Brussels, Belgium
Ruben Dieudonné
Herzele, Belgium
Dean Hudson
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
Matthias Volckaert
Roeselare, Belgium
David Verbruggen
Anthony Eelbode
Gent, Belgium
Tom Dervaux
Ypres, Belgium
Matthieu Jacobs
// Los PICOS
Berlin, Germany
Gerrit De Cock
heusden
Gwijde Rappé
Zwevegem
Pieter Vandommele
Wevelgem, Belgium
Stef Hendrickx
Josh Bee
London, United Kingdom
Eric S
Niels Maebe
Lotenhulle, Belgium
Dirk van Loon
Utrecht
Thijs Coopman
Gent, België
Arne Derluyn
Lubbeek, Belgium
Francesco Tosto
Wout Vandaele
Wielsbeke, België
Vincent Baert
Oudenaarde, Belgium
Ivar Verheye
Manu Lowie
Jim Vanhooydonck
Regis DD
Andries Lepoutre
Ghent, Belgium
Tijs Vanslambrouck
Michiel De Buysscher
Zandhoven, Belgium
Knt Vivei
Belgium
Elke Baetens
Melle, Belgium
Ann Havermans
lede, Belgium
Lander Vansieleghem
Oostende, België
Christian Skov
Brabrand, Denmark
Tom Bauwens
Antwerpen, Belgium
Simon Willems
Kevin Wiesner
Troisdorf, Germany
Lucie Van Ranst
Mespelare, Belgium