Nothing is more fun than taking a hard-earned KOM from your training partner or competitor. An endless competition that has been bringing out the best in riders for years. Below we list 7 segments where you and your friends can compete for a good time. By the way, did you know we also have a Cycleur de Luxe Cycling Club on Strava? By clicking the button below, you too can join our community!
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The "Muur" of Geraardsbergen:
The "Muur" is one of Flanders' most famous cycling monuments, known from events as the Tour of Flanders and the 2004 Tour de France. Although we doubt that a KOM is achievable here, it is a very nice segment to battle it out with your group of friends. If you ride very fast, you might even make it into the top 10 between big names such as Remco Evenepoel, Sonny Colbrelli, Greg Van Avermaet and Victor Campenaerts. Will you add your name to the 55,000 people who have already tried?
This climb is also a real calf-biter with 51 altimeters in a distance of only 550 metres. The Kemmelberg is often integrated in the courses of Gent-Wevelgem, the Three Days of De Panne and the Four Days of Dunkirk. The list of honour is not bad here either. The best time here goes to Lasse Norman Hansen, followed by riders like Kasper Asgreen, Arnaud Démare and Wout Van Aert. If you don't go for the KOM you can still become a "local legend", for this you only have to ride the Kemmelberg 29 times.
Nevele Bridge - Lovendegem Speybrug
This is a segment for the true time trialists among us. This segment runs over a 6.37 kilometre long flat track and has been tried no less than 152,000 times by 23,000 people. With an average speed of a little over 55 km/h, you will find yourself here among names such as Aaron Verwilst, Iljo Keisse, Jules Hesters and Pieter Serry.
Scheldedijk Melle - Wetteren:
This segment is also ideal for time trialists. A segment of +/- five and a half kilometres long on completely flat terrain. This segment can be ridden in both directions on the dyke, so if it is on your route you have two chances of a KOM. Some of the pros at the top of the rankings here are Oliver Naesen, Edward Theuns, Fabio Van den Bossche and Lawrence Naesen.
MTB De Haan - Wenduine:
Of course we also have a real challenge for the MTB enthusiasts! A one and a half kilometre segment through the dunes of De Haan. The difference with the top is very big here so this might be the ideal chance to grab a KOM! If you cycle faster than 27 km/h on average you will be above names like Timothy Dupont, now that's something you can show off to your friends!
One last climber's segment. The Kanarieberg, located in the Flemish Ardennes, is mainly known thanks to the Ronde, the E3-price and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. The Kanarieberg rises just under 100 metres over a distance of 1.25 kilometres. Again, this top 10 only consists of professional cyclists. Men like Dries Devenyns, Michal Kwiatkowski, Bryan Coquard and Tadej Pogacar managed to overcome this climb in just under 2 minutes and 40 seconds.
Tour of Flanders 2015 Final km's:
This is a very challenging segment stretching over 38 kilometres from Maarkedal to Oudenaarde. Again, it will be extremely difficult to get a KOM as the top ten includes names like Mathieu Van der Poel, Jasper Stuyven, Gianni Vermeersch, Wout van Aert, Tiesj Benoot and Niki Terpstra. If you were to make an attempt, you will have to drive an average of 43 km/h on this segment.