Nicknamed 'Vlaanderens Mooiste' ("Flanders finest"), this is one of the most legendary hills in the Flemish Ardennes. Famous, among other things, for the Tour of Flanders, and the annual Koppenbergcross cyclocross race. Every year, a proportion of the participants dismount to make the steep cobbled climb on foot, and the image of Fabian Cancellara doing just that a few years ago, his chain draped round his neck after it broke, is still clear in our memories.
Famous due to the fact that not only the Tour of Flanders, but also the E3 Harelbeke and the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad all pass this way, this hill has now come to be nicknamed the Boonenberg, because this is where Tom Boonen makes his first attack every year.
At 2,200 m. the Oude Kwaremont is the longest paved climb in Belgium. Since 2011 it has taken on a more important role in the final of the Tour of Flanders. Together with the Paterberg it is now part of the final lap.
Since 2011 this has been the absolute killer in the Tour of Flanders. Whereas the Oude Kwaremont is a long climb, the Paterberg is a steep narrow cobbled incline of 360 m. with a maximum gradient of 20.3 %. It was here, last year, that Fabian Cancellara outrode Peter Sagan, ultimately going on to triumph solo in Oudenaarde.