By Artem Kazachkov
A must ride in Catalonia
Monistrol de Montserrat
Vertical finger-like towers of stone is a unique feature of this massif. Some hundreds of meters high vertical walls and the road twisting up through the morning fog. You might have seen lots of unusual mountains but Montserrat will fill you with awe. Keep pedalling up as the valleys beneath you unfold.
The Monastery of Montserrat is main Catalan sanctuary. You can ride up and see the buildings. Besides that you will get great views from several terraces where there are also cafes so that you can rest up and refuel. The box is ticked!
Fairly gentle climb for most, averaging 8.5% with some ramps maybe as steep as 10% but very short. It gets a bit steeper in the last part of the climb, though generally it is quite consistent. The road surface is excellent which makes you faster. You will see that Strava has this climb extremely frequented so it get super competitive here!
Alt de la Musara is a picturesque cycling climb situated in the Tarragona province of Catalonia. It has been used in the Volta a Catalunya professional race, most recently in 2017 when the riders descended this side. The climb on the Vilaplana side is characterized by a high number of hairpin bends, as it winds its way through forest towards the Prades Mountains. Ocasionally, the trees open out to offer some nice views looking back down the climb. Alt de la Musara is nominally open year-round, with only very rare closures due to snow in winter.More
1 hour to summit
Rocacorba has been used for over a decade by many local pros as a test of form, the famous mountain is a challenge to anyone and everyone. The 10.7 km climb has a deceptive overall gradient of 7%. Starting teasingly gentle before levelling off, disciplined pacing will pay off.More
Catalonia Cycling Retreat
Ideal roads and world class cycling under the gentle autumn Mediterranean sun. Packed with fine cuisine and Catalan culture.Discover