Muur van Geraardsbergen
|Muur van Geraardsbergen|
The Muur van Geraardsbergen.
|Elevation||110 m (360 ft)|
|Altitude||92 m (302 ft)|
|Length||1,075 m (3,527 ft)|
|Average gradient||9.3 %|
|Maximum gradient||19.8 %|
The Muur van Geraardsbergen (English: Wall of Geraardsbergen/Grammont, French: Mur de Grammont) is a steep narrow road with cobblestones in Geraardsbergen, Belgium. It is also known as Kapelmuur, Muur-Kapelmuur or simply Muur. The hill starts near the river Dender at 18m and reaches the top of the Oudenberg at 110 m after 1,075m at 9.3 per cent. This climb is often part of the Tour of Flanders professional cycling race.
Tour of Flanders
The Muur van Geraardsbergen has often been a climb in the Tour of Flanders. It has been used since 1950, although not consistently until 1970. The 'Muur' was the final climb in 1973 and 1974, before the finish in Meerbeke. An extra stretch to the chapel (kapel in Dutch) at the summit was added in 1981 and climb became known as the 'Muur-Kapelmuur'. It was a regular feature from 1981 until 2011.
From 1988 until 2011 it was the penultimate, and often decisive, climb and always followed by the Bosberg before the finish in Meerbeke. The Muur was removed from the 2012 race. With the finish in Oudenaarde, instead of Meerbeke, it was no longer possible to include it.
Other cycling races
The Muur is the start of The Transcontinental, a annual, solo, unsupported, cycling race that began in 2012. The 2017 editon will commence on the 28th July.
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