Poggio van Diest Grasbos

Diest, Belgium

The Poggio van Diest Grasbos is a col with a length of 603 meter. It is located in Diest, Vlaams Gewest, Belgium. The average grade of this col is 7.2% with a maximum of 13.2%. The Poggio van Diest Grasbos ascents from 11 meter at the start, to 51 meter at the top, with a total of 40 ascending meters.


Poggio van Diest Grasbos Profile


Distance 603 m
Elevation gain 40 m
Average grade 7.2 %
Maximum grade 13.2 %
Climb category None
Minimum elevation 11 m
Maximum elevation 51 m

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"Until the end of 2012 the small community of Molenstede had no less than three full-fledged professional cyclists: Sergei Ivanov, Geert Verheyen and Mario Aerts. Grasbos was more or less their plaything, the place where they could hurt themselves during training.
But why is it that this hump got its nickname from the Poggio, that legendary hump that is the decisive point in Milan-Sanremo almost every year?
Sergei Ivanov, now owner of a thriving bicycle business in Scherpenheuvel, knows. In the past, because of the bad road surface, hardly any tourists passed that mountain. This has changed thanks to my mentor Billy Reynders and advertisements on TV. The Poggio di Molenstede was born. Reynders, then still an alderman in Diest, had the road asphalted and from then on in good weather thousands of cyclists pass over the Poggio.

- Dwars door het Hageland - Aarschot 2017-2018
- Dwars door het Hageland 2019