The Koppenberg - Belgium
The Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) is a Classics road cycling race held in Belgium every spring, a week before the Paris–Roubaix road race. It is part of the UCI ProTour and one of the so-called monuments of the European professional calendar, and contributes to the UCI World Ranking points. It is the most important cycling race in Belgium and, along with Paris–Roubaix, the world's most important cycling race held on a single day. Its nickname is Vlaanderens mooiste (Dutch for "Flanders' finest").

Koppenberg (literally "Heads Mountain"; note "koppen" is an abbreviation for cobblestones which in Dutch slang language are called kinderkoppen, or "children's heads") is a 77 m (253 ft) high hill in Oudenaarde, the Flemish Ardennes, Belgium. This climb is part of the route of the Ronde van Vlaanderen professional cycling race and feared by many because of its steepness (22% on the trickiest parts) and because of its cobblestones. This makes the Koppenberg difficult even for top professionals. Quite often, riders slow to the point of losing their balance, especially those at the back of the peloton who have to dismount and scramble to the top on foot.

Click here to watch the climb and feel the energy of the crowd that day.
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