CYCLING IN SPAIN

Spain is home to some of the best cycling in Europe, characterised by challenging and stunning mountain ranges and smooth tarmac finished off with a post-ride cerveza and tapas!

Girona in the North-Eastern region of Catalunya is home to some 150 professional cyclists, Girona really does have everything: quiet roads, varied terrain, quality restaurants, a medieval city centre, cafès & a buzzing cycling culture.

Asturias, Cantabria the Basque country & Galicia in the North-West offer quiet roads, lush green landscapes, beautiful routes along the Costa Verde and hardcore stage finishes for the Vuelta España.

Meanwhile, when Northern Europe cools over winter and spring head to the south of Spain with the pros. With a stunning variety of riding along the Costa del Sol, the high mountains of the Sierra Nevada and beautiful cities such as Granada, the south of Spain offers quality riding and a variety of landscapes.

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Spain Cycling Highlights

Sa Calobra - Mallorca

Switchback Heaven

Sa Colabra is largely responsible for Mallorca’s reputation as a world-class cycling destination. Drop down the pretty Sa Colabra bay and climb back the way you came up a series of stunning switchbacks. Keep your eye of for professional riders training on the climb.

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9.4 km

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670 m elevation gain

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7 % average gradient

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26 hairpin bends

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Valley of the Tears - Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria's Toughest Climb?

A true Gran Canarian climb this is a beast that will push any rider to their limits but provide reward in equal measure with constantly changing, spectacular vistas. The climb starts with grades of 25% and this sets the tone for the challenge ahead.

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11.9 km

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1,007 m elevation gain

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8 % average gradient

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25% max gradient

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Col de Rates - Calpe

Coll De Rates From Parcent

The Coll de Rates is the most famous climb on the Costa Blanca and is something of a rite of passage for professional and amateur riders alike in the region. As the climb unfolds, so do the views and you’ll be rewarded for your climbing efforts.

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6.5 km

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356 m elevation gain

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5 % average gradient

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8% max gradient

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Alto del Angliru - Asturias

Alto de l'Angliru from La Vega

The Alto de l’Angliru is as tough as cycling gets. Located west of the Picos mountains and just south of Oviedo, the climb spans 13 km with a monstrously steep final section of double digit gradients.

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13.1 km

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1,260 m elevation gain

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9.4 % average gradient

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22% max gradient

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Rocacorba - Girona

From Banyoles Lake

Rocacorba has a reputation as one of Girona’s toughest climbs. Located north of Girona and blissfully close to Banyoles Lake, Rocacorba is a bucket list climb. The road spans 13 km and the first few kilometers lull all Rocacorba newbies into a false sense of security.

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13 km

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800 m elevation gain

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8 % average gradient

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12% max gradient

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Over the last weeks we had the opportunity to spend some (significant) time in beautiful cycling mecca Girona and met the lovely hardworking guys and girls from Eat Sleep Cycle [...] If you are looking for some awesome riding in the Costa Brava or Europe in general, these are the people that can help you. And if you are in Girona, check out their brand new Hub - it is a great place!

Manon BThe ESC experience- amazing cycling in the Costa Brava

Could not recommend EatSleepCycle more. Our first day took us on a challenging 100km trek experiencing panoramic and breathtaking views of rolling hills and mountains ,second day a 80km to the coastline Tossa de Mar and a 50km on the third day to Lake Banyoles. Our guide Brian had great energy, very engaging with all riders and above all the service from day 1 was impeccable. We have actually pre-booked a trip for next year.

Tadhg Healy

Hired a bike for the day [...] and did the via verde Girona to Sant Feliu dels Guixols (40 km and you can get the bus back with a bike). Zulma was very helpful with the rental and it’s great they are open Sundays. Bike was in great condition. Would recommend them.

Kirsty Morgan

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