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Fenix SL Disc Classics

The Koppenberg
Flanders. Cobbles. Steep slopes. Cycling champions. Few can use the "Made in Belgium" or "Made for cobbles" quality mark. We can. To celebrate that, we headed for the Flemish Ardennes with our Fenix SL Disc. We took a Lotto Soudal pro with us and drummed a "regional de l’étape" for a day of devouring cobblestones.
Koppenberg
The Koppenberg. That’s a legendary name for cobblestone lovers. That’s like the Ventoux or the Mortirolo for climbers. Sacred. You can see him very clearly. A row of perfectly defined trees where each top clearly ends higher than the last: that’s the Koppenberg.

It is a hill that still frightens everyone. Even the locals, who actually prefer to avoid than to restrain it. The Koppenberg even conjures up painful grimaces on the faces of pro cyclists, not only during the race, but it even hurts while they discover it.

Would it be the most touched mountain ever? On the steepest part the road is buried deep between 2 high roadsides. Dozens of riders, hundreds of tourists fell against these roadsides. Or grabbed, looking for support and hoping to stay on their bike.
Are you climbing the Koppenberg? If you see two rows of trees appearing on the left and right of the road, you know that the steepest part is coming. Be tough and hang on!
– Belgian Cycling Factory Knowledge
Poor skibby!
Another characteristic of a mythical climb? The endless stories, short or long, funny or sad, but especially legendary.

Walter Godefroot discovered the hill in the early 70s but refused to reveal the location to the organizers of the Tour of Flanders: "Otherwise you bastards will send us over it!"
However, his plan fell apart in 1975 when a local resident reported the existence of the ascend to the course builders by letter. De Koppenberg made its appearance in 1976 and remained in the course until 1987.

Jesper Skibby was working on a long solo that year. With more than 12 minutes ahead he started at the Koppenberg, but his speed decreased visibly. So drastically he fell on the right side of the road. The race director wanted to pass him immediately. However, The Koppenberg, was too narrow for a car and a bicycle, so they rode on Skibby's bike.

Especially in wet weather you better stay anchored in the saddle. It’s a massive attack to your thighs, but it’s the only guarantee on a sufficient grip.
– Belgian Cycling Factory Knowledge
Ballan by foot!
"It’s a disgrace", was being yelled, and the Koppenberg disappeared from the course until 2002. Wider and better than ever he was taken back, but the misery came back. The decline of the cobblestones came quickly.

In 2006 it rained extremely hard the weeks before the Tour of Flanders and during the many team recons, riders had to put their feet down on the Koppenberg. “Too slippery! Too steep! Impossible!”, they said. The day itself was dry (and Tom Boonen phenomenal). Alessandro Ballan was well positioned at the bottom of the climb, around the 10th place, but when he had to put his foot on the cobbles, he obliged 90% of the peloton to do the same.
Again, the Koppenberg was under discussion. "Race has been falsified!", it sounded. Maintenance works started immediately. The climb would and had to return to Flanders’s Finest as soon as possible. After a few test rides of cycling icons Scott Sunderland and Serge Baguet, he was approved again and hopefully forever!

This Fenix SL Disc Classics will certainly help you on the climb. With its 25mm Vittoria Corsa tires you can really find grip, even when the road is wet.
– Belgian Cycling Factory Knowledge