Koppenbergcross Course Map

The 2017 edition of Koppenbergcross will see some key changes. 

The start of the race has been moved to the bottom of the cobbled Koppenberg climb. The racers will ride the entirety of the climb, including pitches of 20 percent in gradient. 

Following the climb, the racers will turn right into a pasture area and take on a looping descent. 

The race will finish at the summit of the Koppenberg. 

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