La Gallina - Fontaneda (Andorra)
|Start Town||Altitude (m)||Elevation Gain (m)||Length (km)||Gradient (%)||Difficulty||Rating|
|St Julià de Lòria||1910||1019||12||8.5||1497||****|
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Coll de la Gallina via Fontaneda is the most challenging road climb in Andorra. The gradients are inconsistent throughout, with numerous stretches above 15%. A downhill section following the Coll de Jou also makes the average gradient significantly lower than it feels on most of the climb.
Roads & TrafficThe road surface is in excellent condition throughout.
There is very little traffic on the climb.
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. Astana's Mikel Landa was victorious on that day - racing to victory on the last climb of the day to Els Cortals d'Encamp. However, it was La Gallina which broke the legs of the majority of the contenders.
In terms of scenery La Gallina is really pleasant from this side. Parts of the climb are in forest, but there are also some great open views, particularly once you have passed the turn to Fontaneda.
La Gallina is open from April to November and often longer depending on the weather through the winter.
Other sidesLa Gallina can also be climbed via Bixessarri, a route which also begins in St Julià de Lòria.
Nearby ClimbsPort de Cabús
Els Cortals d'Encamp