Bomerée

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Title:Course de Côte de ‘M’ de Bomerée
Place:Montigny-le-Tilleul
Tracklength:2100 metres
Elevation change:165 metres (5,15%)
Altitude finishline:220 metres
GPS coordinates:50° 21′ 56.16″ – 4° 23′ 39.48″
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Fastest Time:0:53,83
Average Speed:140,44 km/h
Short FactsOldest Hillclimb in Belgium.

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Course de Côte de Bomerée – List of Winners
DateWinnerCarTimeFinal
11/06/1989Hervé BayardRalt RT302:02,41Results
17/06/1990Hervé BayardRalt RT302:03,58Results
16/06/1991Christian HauserMartini MK42B2:01,27Results
21/06/1992Christian HauserMartini MK42B2:06,94Results
20/06/1993Christian HauserMartini MK42B1:58,68Results
19/06/1994Alfred BuchemReynard 88D1:59,06Results
18/06/1995“Conny”Ralt RT321:58,94Results
15/09/1996Christian HauserMartini MK691:59,72Results
24/08/1997Jean SchmitsRalt F30001:59,78Results
26/08/2001Jean SchmitsRalt F30001:56,621Results
25/08/2002Jean SchmitsRalt F30001:55,242Results
24/08/2003Jean SchmitsRalt F30001:55,110Results
22/08/2004Jean SchmitsRalt F300057,266Results
28/08/2005Jean SchmitsRalt F30001:54,586Results
27/08/2006Jean SchmitsRalt F30001:57,111Results
26/08/2007Jean SchmitsRalt F300056,710Results
24/08/2008Jean SchmitsRalt F300055,592Results
23/08/2009Jean SchmitsRalt F300057,141Results
22/08/2010Jelle De ConinckNorma M20F57,172Results
28/08/2011Jelle De ConinckNorma M20F56,544Results
26/08/2012Jelle De ConinckNorma M20F58,997Results
25/08/2013Jelle De ConinckNorma M20F57,48Results
24/08/2014Jelle De ConinckNorma M20F56,46Results
23/08/2015Jacques MarchalNorma M20F58,89Results
21/08/2016Anthony LoeuilleuxTatuus Master1:04,85Results
20/08/2017Jelle de ConinckNorma M20 FC0:53,83Results

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Perhaps the strangest Hillclimb in Europe is the Course de Côte de ‘M’ de Bomerée. Nothing more than three blunt hairpins and two (almost) 90 degree turns make up this racetrack. In recent history a tire chicane was added on the finish straight. It is one of the oldest hillclimbs in Belgium. Once it was on the outskirts of the town but today the urbanisation swallowed almost the whole track.
The ‘M’ de Bomerée hill is situated on the territory of Montigny-le-Tilleul. This town is a suburb of the fifth largest city in Belgium: Charleroi. Charleroi can be translated literally as “King Charles”. This King Charles denotes Charles II of Spain. The Spanish ruled over the southern Netherlands at the time and they build a large fortress at Charleroi. The site was chosen as it overlooks the Sambre River.
Charleroi did not develop much until the industrial revolution in the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. The coalmines attracted large steel factories and the city boomed. For a time Belgium became the second most industrialised nation in the world and Charleroi was very much the center of it. After the second world war the economic growth came to a halt. The mines closed and the industries left. The decay set in rapidly. By the end of the city many citizens in Belgium considered Charleroi the dirtiest, most dangerous, most depressing city in Belgium. More recently serious attempts are made to revitalize the area. One of the economic pillars is the airport. Thanks to a certain Irish low-budget airline the Charleroi Airport became the South-Brussels Airport. But beware, as the capital of Belgium is still 60km on some of the busiest roads further north. From a cultural point of view, the city is trying to position itself as a forerunner in modern art, design and photography. The largest museum however is dedicated to the mining industry that once brought the city so much wealth. The museum at the Bois du Cazier mine is located in Marcinelle where in 1956 262 miners died. It was the biggest mine disaster in Belgium ever. A large part of the museum keeps the memory of this disaster alive. The Bois du Cazier location is also a World Heritage Site since 2012.

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