Iconic Places: The Kemmelberg in Ghent-Wevelgem

The crux of Ghent-Wevelgem is the famous Kemmelberg climb

Photo: Graham Watson

The 2017 edition of Ghent-Wevelgem takes place on Sunday, March 26. Here we look at the Kemmelberg climb, which could prove decisive for the win.

The Flanders plain stretches from the Netherlands through Belgium and right to the foot of the Pas de Calais hills in France. Its flat, black soil is crisscrossed by levied rivers and dominated by a sky that stretches forever in all directions. Except for one part. Where West Flanders presses up against the border with France the land has buckled into a series of rounded hills, and within them lies the Kemmelberg.

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Chris Sidwells
Freelance Journalist & Author

Chris has written thousands of articles for magazines, newspapers and websites throughout the world. He’s written 25 books about all aspects of cycling in multiple editions and translations into at least 25

different languages. He’s currently building his own publishing business with Cycling Legends Books, Cycling Legends Events, cyclinglegends.co.uk, and the Cycling Legends Podcast