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Col du Stockeu - Stavelot


Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 9.5 %

Length: 2.4 km

Height start: 279 m

Height top: 506 m

Elevation gain: 227 m

Maximum: %

Col du Stockeu rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 5474 (all)
Ranking Belgium: 7 (all)
Ranking Ardennes: 10 (all)
Difficulty score: 42.87 what?

Col du Stockeu ratings

(4.5) Overall

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Description

This is a real classic in Liege-Bastogne-Liege and so hard to do ! You are on a downhill from the cote de Wanne, at speeds of around 50-60km/u easily, you turn right and find yourself in front of a wall. And when you think the end is near, a turn to left and right will make you sweat even more. Good luck !

The Col du Stockeu is situated in Liege and belongs to the Ardennes . Starting from Stavelot, the Col du Stockeu ascent is 2.4 km long. Over this distance, you climb 227 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 9.5 %.

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Since 2005, the Col du Stockeu will be/was climbed in the following big tour stages:
Tour de France 2010 :  Brussel > Spa on 05/07/2010

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Stories, information and comments from Col du Stockeu climbers
Story by Alexander from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, submitted on 17/12/2008
Is did this during Liege Bastogne Liege. I jhust started a banana when we hit the start. Very steep and stays that way for quit some time. When riding through the village the steepness goes down but doesnt really drop. All and all a nice climb with a tough start.
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Story by Robert from Austin,Texas, United States, submitted on 13/11/2008
I finally got back to this part of the world back in April of 2008. The L-B-L had taken place a couple days before my ride. A few years before I had taken a look at Stockeu but never tried it. After a good 3-4 hour ride I found myself at the base and decided its now or never. I did pretty well until somewhere a little past halfway. Two young kids rolled right past me and I was pretty much done at that point. I got off and pushed the bike for 50_75 meters and then finished in the saddle. I killer climb that has my respect. I will return here next April during the L-B-L and try this monster again. Training is already underway.
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Story by Simon from Haarlem, The Netherlands, submitted on 05/06/2008
I climbed this animal in 2007, the day after the Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic. Im still getting my cycling legs, so Im not too experienced with climbing. The following day, my father-in-law, 60, and I made our way to Stavelot and gave it a shot. He pressed on up the climb like a gazelle, and I labored on behind. The foot of the climb is a killer. About half way up, I felt like my lungs were bursting and I was pulling too hard on my handlebars. At one point, my front wheel leapt up and I had to release my right cleat and (oh the shame) put a foot down... Getting back on, I passed Mercx and was just too embarassed to look his way. We continued for a couple of hours (including a fun jaunt up the Cote du Wannes) and then headed back to Stavelot. At the junction I slowed and turned right, circling and staring up at the animal that I had not yet defeated. I could not return home without giving it another go. So, I went for it. Gritted my teeth and attacked. Half-way to Mercx I again made the same mistake of pulling back too hard - but this time I jumped up and attacked. It was REALLY hard but with Mercx in sight - and my father-in-law shouting from the left - I made it.
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Story by Yves from Meise, Belgium, submitted on 04/09/2007
The stockeu is in the middle of the Gran Fondo Eddy Merckx (165 KM version). Is is a tuff one but in this cyclo, you have around 17 or 18 climbs (total 3100 m heigh meters) and at the end you are happy to get off the bike ! http://www.bikeorganisations.be/
Story by The Great from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, submitted on 07/02/2006
I highly recommend this area of the Ardennes. We stayed in Stavelot, very nice village at what appeared to be the artery for several rides. In fact, I believe the 2006 Tour De France is going through this village this year. Anyway, we enjoyed the riding immensely. We are originally from Denver, Colorado and are used to mountain climbing. That being said, the Cols in this area (particulary Stockeu) are at a very high grade that makes climbing difficult. Although each climb is short, they are still a nice challenge and a great change from the flat doldrums of the Netherlands. From Stavelot, you can ride to Wanne, and it looks through several villages that makes riding fun. We rode for about 3 hrs, of which 2.5 was certainly climbing. We did not have a map which at first we were a bit nervous. However, we read enough before hand and the villages are very well marked like any other Europe town. We could find our way around pretty easily without maps, and quickly lost any apprehension of getting lost. Its virtually impossible. Anyway, have fun and enjoying the climbing.
Story by Anton from , holland, submitted on 06/02/2006
In my experience it was like hell! Really difficult not to fall of your bike... glad I had this experience. Sure one to try if your able to! Exactly like the previous writer said, when you think the end is near...
Story by phil from antwerp, belgium, submitted on 05/09/2006
This is a real classic in Liege-Bastogne-Liege and so hard to do ! You are on a downhill from the cote de Wanne, at speeds of around 50-60km/u easily, you turn right and find yourself in front of a wall. And when you think the end is near, a turn to left and right will make you sweat even more. Good luck !

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