Paterberg

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Coordinates: 50°46′56″N 3°32′48″E / 50.782343°N 3.546659°E / 50.782343; 3.546659

Paterberg
Paterberg in de gelijknamige straat - België.jpg
Paterberg in Kluisbergen
LocationFlanders, Belgium
StartKluisbergen
Gain in altitude48 m (157 ft)
Length of climb400 m (1,300 ft)
Maximum elevation80 m (260 ft)
Average gradient12.5 %
Maximum gradient20 %

The Paterberg is a hill in the municipality of Kluisbergen, in the Belgian province of East Flanders. With its top at 80 m, its is one of many hill formations in the Flemish Ardennes, close to Wallonia. The slopes of the hill were unpaved until 1986, when a local farmer paved the road in cobbles because he wanted the Tour of Flanders cycling race to pass by his house. The cobbled climb became one of the iconic sites of Belgian cycling, and in 1993 the road of the Paterberg was classified as a protected monument.

Cycling[edit]

The hill is best known from cycling, where it is a regular climb in the Flemish races in spring, most notably the Tour of Flanders. Together with the Koppenberg and Oude Kwaremont it is one of the most arduous climbs in the region, because of its steep slopes and narrow cobbled road. Its average gradient is 12,5% with its steepest point, 20%, stretching for more than 100 m.

The Paterberg was included in the Tour of Flanders every time since its first inclusion in 1986, a record it shares only with the Kwaremont. Until 2011 it was usually part of a trio of climbs in the race trajectory, located in between the Oude Kwaremont and Koppenberg, but far before the finish. Since 2012 it is the ultimate climb of the Tour of Flanders, as part of the restyling of the race. Riders needed to climb the hill three times in 2012 and 2013 and two times as from 2014. Because of its place as ultimate difficulty, it often marks the decisive site of the race. [1]

The Paterberg is also regularly included in the E3 Harelbeke and Dwars door Vlaanderen, as well as in the Tour of Flanders for Women.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Cyclingnews (25 November 2014). "Tour of Flanders gets two more climbs". CyclingNews. Retrieved 28 May 2015.

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