There isn't anything like riding in AndorraAndorra In Depth Cycling Guide
Cycling has arrived in Andorra, to stay. Not in vain, more and more are professional cyclists in Andorra, who settle in Andorra and professional cycling teams that train in Andorra. In addition to the Catalan Joaquim “Purito” Rodríguez, other active cyclists have chosen Andorra as Esteban Chaves, Dan Martin, Dani Moreno or Jonathan Castroviejo, and members of the Movistar team such as Marc Soler, Imanol Erviti, Carlos Betancur and José Joaquín Rojas. Also in Andorra are professional cyclists from the Michelton-Scott team, previously known as the Orica team. It is not surprising to see many of them train on the roads of Andorra.
Andorra sits in the heart of the Pyrenees, in fact it is a country of ‘seven valleys’. So it’s just perfect to go col hunting here. Many mountain passes have some big names and famed by the Grand Tours. Le Tour is known to have ‘queen stages’ here and the fate of the yellow jersey has been defined here too many times!
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Andorra is a small and wealthy community with its roads being in perfect shape and people are more than welcoming cyclists on the roads. Pros live here by the hundreds, yet still it’s not Alpe d’hues kind of environment – you can find some peace of mind and chill out here as well.
Andorra’s ancient culture began with the Romans and was influenced by the region’s location close to several mountain passes leading to northern Europe. Over the centuries, Spain, Italy, and France played a strong part in its development into a primarily Catalonian area with Catalan its main language.
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Coll de Beixalís (from Encamp)
The Coll de Beixalis has two Impressive approaches. In the west from Anyos and from Encamp to the east. Climbing from Anyos you cover 8.7km and gain 618m making for a tough but consistent climb. Carrying an average gradient of 7% and peaking at 11% at 5km in its a great test. From Encamp it’s a bit less forgiving, It’s shorter at 6.5km and gains nearly the same elevation at 555m. The approach bears its teeth with an average gradient of 8.4% and a high of 15.8%. The toughest part kicks in early at about 1.5km and doesn’t relent for 5km, running at around 12% average, it then drops to between 5 and 8%. Bring your A game, your legs and lungs will be tested!
The Cols, La Massana
This mountain roller coaster will take you from the town of La Massana to some of the most epic climbs in Andorra, especially Col de Beixalis and Col de la Gallina. Gruelling as it takes those climbs will test your legs but in return show you some breathtaking views.
Arcalis is a fairly gentle climb for the most part. The first 6km are little more than false flat. From here, there are a few steeper gradients, but it is mostly steady and easy to settle into a comfortable rhythm. This is a great warm up and leg stretch for taking on the heavier climbs.
Col de Ordino, Canillo
The Col de Ordino is situated in Andorra. This climb belongs to the Pyrenees. The Col de Ordino via Canillo is ranked number 340 of the Pyrenees. The climb is ranked number 22 in Andorra and number 5486 in the world. Start from Canillo, the Col de Ordino ascent is 9 km long.
Bike friendly hotels in Andorra
To make sure that your stay is optimal for your riding, we’ve handpicked hotels that will take care of you and your bike.
We focus on:
- bike storage and cleaning capacity
- mechanical support
- recovery facilities for your after ride like message, spa and pool
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