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Do you love the legendary climbs and cobblestone stretches of the Flemish Ardennes? And can you not wait to explore them in September? Then the Tour of Flanders Summer Edition is definitely for you. In the 90, 119 or 169 km circuits, you will get a chance to give your legs a good workout. Would you rather experience something more peaceful? Then opt for a shorter distance of 23 or 60 km. Perfect for exploring the Flemish Ardennes with your family or as a novice cyclist.
Fancy a preview of the circuit? Discover the main climbs and cobblestone sections below.
Climbs and cobblestone sections
Less than 400 metres long, but one of the toughest climbs in the Flemish Ardennes. The Paterberg has an average gradient of 12.5%. Since 1986, the peloton has been hurtling over the cobblestones of this hill in Kluisbergen during the Tour of Flanders, now it's your turn!
2. Oude Kwaremont
Since 2012, the Oude Kwaremont has been part of the finish for the pros. It's the penultimate climb challenging the pros. Just as in previous editions of the Tour, this climb may well be the deciding factor. The steepest kilometre has an 11% gradient. Make a breakaway here like Alberto Bettiol did during the last Tour.
The Haaghoek could not be left out of your route, either. This cobbled road in Sint-Kornelis-Horebeke could well provide for a shift in the standings in the most beautiful part of Flanders. After the Haaghoek, the end is still not in sight, because the steep Leberg is waiting for you!
4. Muur van Geraardsbergen
The Muur van Geraardsbergen is certainly not to be ignored. Since 2017, the Muur has again been a highlight in the route of the Tour and so also in your tour. You're confronted by a solid kilometre of cobblestones, with a maximum incline of no less than 20%.
The organising party advises avoiding intense physical activities without being properly prepared. Ensure that you make wise decisions regarding the distance you wish to cover and/or the tempo you want to maintain. If you want to take part in competitive sport and at a high intensity, it is advised to undergo an annual medical examination.
It is not obliged to present medical certificates. It is up to the sportsman/woman to decide how he/she wants to interpret the information received during a medical examination. Thus, the organising party cannot be held responsible for any matters regarding this.
More information about health & sports can be found here.
Exercise is fun, healthy and safe for most people. However, some people have an increased risk of problems during physical activity, which may require extra medical follow-up. If you meet one or several of the conditions below, it is recommended you contact your doctor or undergo a sports-medical examination before taking up more intensive forms of exercise:
- You are taking medication to treat high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease.
- At some point you suffered from coughing, shortness of breath or other breathing disorders during or after efforts or you have asthma.
- You smoked in the past 5-10 years or you have not stopped smoking for longer than 6 months after a period of 5-10 years.
- You have high blood pressure and/or increased cholesterol value
- You fainted or became dizzy during or after an effort
- You have ever had palpitations, arrhythmias or pain in the chest during or after doing exercise or you have ever been told that you have a heart murmur
- A member of your family, younger than 55, suddenly died because of health problems (cardiovascular disease, cot death)
- You have problems of the liver, kidneys or thyroid gland, diabetes
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