Girona has been on the front page of world cycling for years. Many professional cyclists have settled in the region to enjoy the variety of its roads and landscapes. Today we discover 5 outstanding ascents in the area. Although Girona hides a thousand more corners! We'll talk about it soon!
Rising above the Mediterranean, the Santuari de Sant Pere de Rodes, in the Romanesque style, has watched over the north of the Costa Brava for more than 13 centuries. Located in a strategic enclave more than 500 meters above sea level, it offers us a truly spectacular ascent.
Starting from the beautiful coastal town of Port de la Selva, we start a hard climb with ramps of up to 15%. In total 8.2 kilometers at 6.2% of good asphalt, with the last two almost flat.
Our recommendation: due to its orientation, it offers us beautiful views of the sunrise. Getting up first thing in the morning to see how the king star appears above the waves will be an unforgettable experience.
From Camprodon, we will face 23.7 at 5.2% average slope. The first third presents very slight percentages. The thing gets serious from Setcases. In total, 13km above 7% to the top above 2,100 meters of altitude. An authentic 'Hors Catégorie' with very special final paellas: Each one bears the name of one of the most important classics or grand tours. Cycling is breathed there, and good.
In many editions of the Volta a Catalunya, Vallter has starred in a high finish of the Catalan round. His last appearance was in 2021, with Adam Yates (IGD) as the winner and with Alejandro Valverde (MOV) and Sepp Kuss (TJV) as agitators for the ascension.
One of the peculiarities of the Coll de la Creueta is its multitude of possibilities and links with other renowned ports. One of them is the Collada de Toses, which we will see later.
For this occasion we focus on the ascent that runs through the ski resorts of Masella and Molina. Almost 21 km with a couple of generous breaks that will give our legs a break to continue facing Creueta.
Without a doubt, his strong point is his last dream kilometers. The green meadows contrasting with the blue sky will be an image to remember for a long time.
The most rolling port of all. Its 2 slopes have a very similar profile: a relatively hard start, which gradually softens with the last km of false flat. Its great length makes the vegetation change as the meters go by, a fact that makes this ascent more enjoyable.
This high mountain is part of the Pyrenean Axis, specifically in the section between Ribes de Freser and Puigcerdà.
Also with 2 slopes, it is the most alternative mountain pass of all. Both have a first section with good asphalt, which leads to a narrow path lined with concrete.
The Coll de Jou is a very suitable route to do in gravel and thus increase comfort, especially on the descent.
This high is located in an area highly exposed to wind and sudden changes in the weather. In fact, the day we climbed it, we started with the sun and ended with snow… A real adventure!