Relive the 2021 World Championships in Leuven
Cycling came home during the 100th UCI Road World Championships in 2021. Julian Alaphilippe took the title home to France after a thrilling race, but everyone will also remember the massive turnout of the fans. Flanders 2021 was a huge cycling party. This route offers you the chance to cycle into that same landscape that offers no quarter. Unless, of course, you decide tot make a pit stop and unwind at one of the cycling cafés. After a warm-up loop in the beautiful surroundings of Leuven, you’ll find yourself on the epic slopes of the Moskesstraat in Terlanen, the Smeysberg in Huldenberg, The Bekestraat in Eizer and the S-bend in the heart of Overijse. You won’t get a chance to catch your breath before you’re hit with another climb. And what lurks behind it? A circuit where you can make your own cycling history. (c) some pictures: Flanders 2021, Lander Loeckx.Show larger map
The Keizersberg, also known locally as "den Boelenberg", is the best known hill in Leuven. The winding climb is 400 meters long and has an average gradient of 6.5%, with peaks above 10%. Along the Keizerberg lies the characteristic enclosure wall of the Keizersberg Abbey. At the top, you turn right into the Albert Woutersstraat and another 150 meters of slope will follow.
The S-bend + Taymansstraat in Overijse takes you from 56m to 101m altitude over 1km, averaging 4.8%. You can almost imagine yourself to be on a col in the Alps when you ride through the beautiful curves around the Sint-Martinus church. After a sharp turn to the right, the cobbles welcome you to the steepest part of the climb in the Taymansstraat.
The Bekestraat is a rather unknown but pretty cool cobbled climb in Eizer. It peaks at 15%, with an average gradient of 7,6% over a distance of 430 meters. The stones are rather far apart, so you might find yourself bumping from one cobble to another. Real Flandriens ride on the cobblestones but you can also swerve to the gutter.