The Cols around La Massana
By Jaume Lleixá
Moderate to hard
This route collects many of the Andorran cycling gems!
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.
Coll de la Gallina - home of El Purito Rodriguez
Made famous by La Vuelta who passed over here many times, Col de La Gallina is at the top of Andorran classics. It is also a home ride of El Purito – Joaquim Rodriguez – well known Spanish ex professional cyclists who resides in Andorra.
Coll de Beixalis
This is little monster. It might not be very long as some other passes, especially in the Alps, it is very steep. Don’t be lulled bu the average gradient which stands at 9.5% – fairly doable – and brace yourself for many stretched of above 16%.
La Massana is one of the seven parishes of the Principality of Andorra. It is located in the northwest of the country. La Massana is also the name of the main town of the parish. The parish is extremely mountainous and contains the highest mountain in Andorra, Coma Pedrosa (2,942 m or 9,652 ft). Its western side limits with Tor, Pallars municipal term, in the border with Spain.
What to expect on the climb
Distance: 85 km
Altitude gain: 2700 m
Coll de la Gallina
Coll de la Gallina is the toughest climb in Andorra, with its steep gradients posing challenges for cyclists of all levels. This side was only recently fully paved, in order to host a stage of the 2015 Vuelta a Espña – widely regarded as one of the hardest grand tour stages of the last thirty years.
Col de Ordino (from 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. Starting from Canillo, the Col de Ordino ascent is 9 km long. Over this distance, you climb 439 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 4.9 %.Show more
Arcalis (Andorra) 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.Show more