It's not just the weather that makes 'La Alpujarra' such a special place to ride, the region offers some of the best roads you'll ever ride. While the imposing Sierra Nevada dominates the skyline, the area offers a variety of climbs of different length and gradient, all on silky smooth tarmac which are rideable all year round. You'll love the exhilaration of a smooth descent and the stunning scenery.
It's not all about the climbing though, and while you're sure to come back fitter and climbing faster, we aim to develop your riding skills overall. Our coaching and video analysis will make you a faster and more confident descender. We aim to help you develop as a rider not just on camp but at home too with transferable skills for all aspects of riding whether that's racing, sportives or just being a stronger rider than your mates.
Unlike many popular cycling holiday destinations, the roads here are quiet and the drivers you do meet are patient and friendly. Sometimes it seems like you're the only people around as you can easily complete a 30-45 min climb without ever encountering another car. Whether you're climbing, descending or bashing along the coast road honing your group riding skills you'll soon see why we think this is the best place to ride a bike!
Some of our favourite local climbs are:
Haza de Lino - really a range of climbs reaching 1300m altitude, with several different approaches from both our inland base and from the coast. The top boasts epic panoramic views with mainland Spain's highest mountains, Mulhacen and Pico Veleta on one side and the shimmering Mediterranean on the other.
Trevélez - heading inland from our base get set for a long climb to Spain's highest village the climb has a bit of everything, shallower straight sections as well as steeper hairpins bends through the famous 'white villages' and even descents as the climb winds through the Poquiera Valley. There are numerous turnings to pretty villages with numerous fountains of fresh spring water including the seemingly endless switchbacks to Cañar and the dead end road (a forest track continues to Pico Veleta) to Capileira which hosted a finish of the Vuelta in 2015.
Las Minas - a long climb at 13km but you are rewarded for your hard work with beautiful scenery and unbelievably quiet roads. You snake up from the valley through the village of Almegíjar and continue towards Trevélez with views of the Poquiera Valley stretching below and the abandoned mines which give the climb it's name.
La Contraviesa - another mountain range leading to the sea with approaches from the coast or various inland routes. You might choose the gentler approach form Cadiar or the steep slopes from Torvizcón. The ridge at the top stretches across towards the Haza de Lino and features turn offs to Europe's highest vineyards, home of the protected Contraviesa-Alpujarra denominación.
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