Sur Steppes

Fraipont, Belgium

The Sur Steppes is a col with a length of 2.1 kilometer. This is a category 3 col. It is located in Fraipont, Wallonie, Belgium. The average grade of this col is 8.8% with a maximum of 15.3%. The Sur Steppes ascents from 112 meter at the start, to 285 meter at the top, with a total of 174 ascending meters.


Sur Steppes Profile


Distance 2.1 km
Elevation gain 174 m
Average grade 8.8 %
Maximum grade 15.3 %
Climb category 3
Minimum elevation 112 m
Maximum elevation 285 m

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Tom Dumoulin's favorite training climb is the Rue Sur Steppes, a hidden gem in the Ardennes.

You imagine yourself in the Basque country," Dumoulin says to Sporza. "I prefer to train in the Ardennes. I know all the roads in Wallonia. The most beautiful climb is an unknown road, not far from the pilgrimage site of Banneux, in the province of Liège. The Rue sur Steppes hardly knows anyone. It's a very narrow road, but a fantastic climb."

The climb is not called Rue sur Steppes for nothing. It's a four-step climb, very steep, with stretches above 15%. It's actually more beautiful than La Redoute, which is only 10 kilometres away. Actually, the Rue sur Steppes should also be in Liège-Bastogne-Liège. If the organizers see this road, they will be sold immediately. After that we can still go to La Redoute to make the finals a bit harder".

- De Alternatieve