Twelve more must-ride cycling climbs for your bucket list

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Twelve more must-ride climbs for your bucket list

More of the longest, hardest and highest climbs to ride

The Pico de Veleta in Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountain range is the highest paved road in Europe.

The climb starts just outside of the city of Granada at 731m and arrives some 41km later at the at the 3,319m summit The main road ends at 2,700m but a small service road continues to the summit and is passable by bike. The climb’s length, gradient and height – every pedal stroke at this oxygenless altitude requires significant effort -make this an ascent for only the hardiest of riders.

The Virgin of the Snows lies close to the summit of the Pico de Veleta – as close to the sky as you will get on a bike in Europe (Pic: José Manuel Ferro Ríos via Wikimedia Commons)

The Pico de Veleta can also be tackled on the second day of the two-day El Limite sportive. The first day covers 182km and includes 3,000m of climbing, just to warm up ahead of day two – essentially a 50km time trial up the climb from Granada.

Vital statistics

Length: 40.9km
Average gradient: six per cent
Start elevation: 731m
End elevation: 3,319m

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