As you can see on the picture, it was very quiet on the Koppenberg.On the day the Tour de Flanders passes here, it is like hell. Thousands of enthusiasts cycling supporters are standing on both sides of this road to see their favourite cyclist pass by.Also if you decide to come here, be very careful on Sunday morning. As on Sunday morning lots of...more
Well of course, when you are climbing this hill on bike, you do not have time to enjoy the view. And that is a bit a pity, because from the Koppenberg you have a splendid view over the Flemish Ardennes.I was lucky (and happy) that this time I was with my car, so I had plenty of time to enjoy the scenery.more
The Last end of the Koppenberg is also very hard. With pain in your legs and arms you can reach the top.It looks as the cyclist on the picture is going to do it without putting foot on the ground.It must be said, that since these cobbles have been restored it has become less difficult to climb this hill.As earlier the old cobbles were very round...more
As you can see there is no gutter on the sides of this road. It is not like on the Paterberg, where there is a gutter. And choosing the gutter to ride it makes it a bit more comfortable then on those cobbles.But here on the Koppenberg you have no choice; you have to defeat those terrible cobbles.more
For the Flemish crowd who are fond of cycling, this Koppenberg is a real cycling monument.This steep hill near Oudenaarde, only 75 meters high, on the right bank of de Schelde River. So not exactly a Col as they say, but nevertheless this "mountain” is much feared because of its breathtaking rising percentage and its knotty cobbles.This Koppenberg...more
At this place the Koppenberg begins, the beginning of a nightmare.However, now that the cobbles are restored, it is a bit easier to climb this hill.The old cobbles of the Koppenberg, it is impossible to describe.In the past I tried to climb this hill several times with my race bike, I only managed once to reach the top without putting a foot on the...more
When you are trying to reach the top by bike, there is a big possibility that you have to set a foot on the ground.
Once you have stopped, it is almost impossible to restart again by bike as it is to steep and also because of the cobbles.
Well then there is only one possibility : on foot. And of course if you are using click pedals on your bike, which means that you have those small plates on your shoes, well then it is not easy at all to walk on those slippery stones.
Er was eens een heuvel met koppenwie gaat er daar niet naar de knoppenDie puist is zo lastig en steilje komt er boven als een dweilMenig kampioenheeft er moeten stoppen(Gerrie Kneteman)Freely translated :Once there was a hillwho does not break on itThis spot so difficult and steepyou reach the top as floor-clothMany championneeded to stop heremore
Every cyclist supporter can remember these tragic images. It was in the Tour de Flanders of 1978. The Danish cyclist Jesper Skibby was on the run together with Ludo Schurgers, when halfway the climb of the Koppenberg, Skibby did fall down and that way he blocked the road for the following car. In that car were international cycling director, and...more
About two years ago they decided to restore this cobbled road. The old road was in such a bad condition, that it was really dangerous.With the restoration, the Flemish government secured an old tradition of road building for the future. Like this the Koppenberg is protected as an natural and archeological monument.This restoration has costed about...more