Ronde van Vlaanderen Preview - The Hills Part One
Ronde van Vlaanderen - The Tour of Flanders. The second race in the World Cup
series. What's so special about this race? It's the hills...
The hills of the Tour of Flanders come after the riders have already ridden
approximately 130 kilometers - the final 120 km in this race begin with what you
Here are the first nine climbs of the eighteen - with the hill name and
number, the number of kilometers from the finish, the hill's length and grade.
The profile indicates the kind of road surface: asphalt or cobbles, and there is
information on the number of times the hill has been used in the Tour.
All graphics and images courtesy of Ronde van Vlaanderen.
(Hill #: Name, km from finish; length, grade)
Asphalt or Cobbles legend
Hill 1: Grotenberg 119; 875m – Avg 3.8% - Max 7%
Part of the Tour: 1961-1964; 2001; 2004 (6 times).
Condition of the road: Asphalt
Hill 2: Rekelberg 107; 800m – Avg 4% - Max 9%
Part of the Tour: For the first time in the Tour 2004 (1 time).
Condition of the road: Narrow asphalt
Hill 3: Molenberg 103; 325m - Avg 9.8% - Max 17%
Part of the Tour: 1983-1990; 1992-2004 (21 times).
Condition of the road: Narrow road of cobblestones
Hill 4: Wolvenberg 94; 800m – Avg 6.3% - Max 19%
Part of the Tour: 1999-2004 (6 times).
Condition of the road: Narrow asphalt.
Hill 5: Oude-Kwaremont 75; 2,200m – Avg 4.2% - Max 11%
Part of the Tour: 1974-2004 (31 times)
Condition of the road: First 600m narrow asphalt, then 1600m narrow cobblestoned
Hill 6: Paterberg 71; 400 m - Avg. 12,5% - Max. 20% - 400 m
Part of the Tour: 1986-2004 (19 times)
Condition of the road: New cobblestones since 1985.
Hill 7: Koppenberg 65; 600 m - Avg. 11,6% - Max. 22% - 600 m
Part of the Tour: 1976-1987; 2002-2004 (15 times)
Condition of the road: First 120m asphalt, then 430m narrow cobblestoned road,
renewed in 2002.
Hill 8: Steenbeekdries 60; 700 m - Avg. 5,3% - Max. 6,7% - ( 700 m )
Part of the Tour: 2002-2004 (3 times)
Condition of the road: Cobblestoned road.
Hill 9: Taaienberg 57; 500 m - Avg. 9,5% - Max. 18% - 500 m
Part of the Tour: 1974-1992; 1994-2004 (30 times)
Condition of the road: narrow road of cobblestones.
To be continued...