Video Course de Côte de la Citadelle (Namur) 1990

Driving along the Route de Merveilleuse towards the top of the Citadelle of Namur today, it is hard to imagine that this 2 kilometre long road once hosted one of the most important hillclimb races in Belgium. For example there is a narrow chicane on the bottom part of the road, which on closer inspection is actually a fortified gatehouse! But the most extreme part of the track comes right after. Halfway up the hill the drivers must negotiate a 360 degree turn where they have to cross both under and over a 3 metre wide bridge! That must have seemed a little crazy even back then!

The Course de Côte de La Citadelle was part of the very first season of the Belgian Hillclimb Championship in 1957 and it remained on the schedule until 1991. The video below is from the 1990 edition. The winner was Marcel Tarres in front of his French compatriots Christian Debias and Anne Baverey. Gerard de Ville de Goyet steered his mighty Porsche 935 to fourth and was best Belgian driver. With fifth place Hervé Bayard was well on his way to his 8th Belgian Championship (out of 10). Some of the names lower down the order sound familiar even to today’s readers, like Christian Hauser (father of David), Yanick Bodson and Leon Linden. Full results of the 1990 edition can be viewed on the trackpage.

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Fastest replaces longest in Belgium

There has been a calendar change in Belgium. The Course de Côte de La Roche-en-Ardenne, with 5,5 kilometres the longest in Belgium, will not take place this year. Orignally scheduled for 28th of May the race will be replaced with the Course de Côte de Ry des Glands.

Situated near “village of the book” Redu, the Ry des Glands Hillclimb was the fastest hillclimb in Europe. At the final event in 2011 race winner Jelle de Coninck stopped the clock at 1:19,23. This translates to an average speed of 181,75 km/h over the 4 kilometres long road! In comparison the average speed at the Course de Côte de Saint Ursanne – Les Rangiers is 181,90, but that was only achieved last year…

The Ry des Glands Hillclimb takes the former date of La Roche on 28th May and just like its substitute it will be included in the national as well as the regional Belgian hillclimb championships.

Calendar Belgium Regional Hillclimb Championship (ASAF) 2017

The Sprint at Chimay is the 4th of June.

DateEventPlace 
02/04/2017Course de Côte de Mont-Saint-AubertKain
09/04/2017Course de Côte de Vencimont - Mémorial Jules MassinonVencimont
23/04/2017Course de Côte de SySy
07/05/2017Course de Côte de Vresse / Petit FaysVresse-sur-Semois
28/05/2017Course de Côte de Ry des GlandsRedu (Wellin)
11/06/2017Course de Côte de FelenneFelenne
18/06/2017Course de Côte Alle-sur-SemoisAlle
25/06/2017Course de Côte de Herbeumont-St. CécileSainte Cécile
06/08/2017Course de Côte de Grandcourt (Mémorial J-R Chartier)Grandcourt
20/08/2017Course de Côte de 'M' de BomeréeMontigny-le-Tilleul
03/09/2017Course de Côte Mémorial Yves FeilnerRichelle
10/09/2017Course de Côte de Houyet - Mémorial Bernard GossetHouyet

Results Course de Côte de Houyet 2016

Results of the Course de Côte de Houyet.

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Results Course de Côte de Richelle (Memorial Yves Feilner) 2016

Results of the Course de Côte de Richelle, also known as the Memorial Yves Feilner.

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Results Course de Côte de Bomerée 2016

Results of the Course de Côte de Bomerée.

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Results Course de Côte de Grandcourt 2016

Results of the Course de Côte de Grandcourt.

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Results Course de Côte de Marchin 2016

Results of the Course de Côte de Marchin.

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Results Course de Côte de Sainte Cécile – Herbeumont 2016

Results of the Course de Côte de Sainte Cécile – Herbeumont.

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Results Course de Côte d’Alle-sur-Semois 2016

Results of the Course de Côte d’Alle-sur-Semois.

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