Koppenbergcross : bikes, beer and boisterous Belgians

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A light autumn wind blows an intoxicating mixture of frites, beer and other fried delicacies around every inch of the course. The excitable hum from the beer tents, audible between pauses on the public address system, suggests we could only be in one place.

That's right, Belgium. The Flemish Ardennes to be precise, to watch the notoriously hard Koppenbergcross. Based on the devilishly steep Koppenberg, the course explores the worst, or if you're that way inclined, the best of Flanders fields.

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