Zwalm, Belgium

The Molenberg is a col with a length of 430 meter. It is located in Zwalm, Vlaanderen, Belgium. The average grade of this col is 6.2% with a maximum of 8%. The Molenberg ascents from 29 meter at the start, to 55 meter at the top, with a total of 27 ascending meters.


Molenberg Profile


Distance 430 m
Elevation gain 27 m
Average grade 6.2 %
Maximum grade 8 %
Climb category None
Minimum elevation 29 m
Maximum elevation 55 m

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The Molenberg, presented 34 times in a row in the Ronde van Vlaanderen, was one of the victims of the move from the start to Antwerp, as a result of which a detour along Sint-Denijs-Boekel was lost. At the same time, however, the hump made its way into the track of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, so that since 1983 it has remained uninterruptedly present in the classical spring.

In 2010, Fabian Cancellara smelled his chance to finally put the Ronde van Vlaanderen on his list of honour. On the Paterberg the peleton was reduces and with a heavy acceleration on the Molenberg Spartacus started his attack. Only Tom Boonen turned out to be able to get near him. Until that famous passage on the Muur van Geraardsbergen.

- Ronde van Vlaanderen: 1983-2016, 2021
- Omloop Het Nieuwsblad: 1987-’90, 1992-2003, 2005-2015, 2017-2021
- Dwars door de Vlaamse Ardennen 2018