Aragón Cycling Climbs
|Climb||Town||Altitude (m)||Length (km)||Gradient (%)||Difficulty||Rating|
|Baños de Benasque||Benasque||1750||13.3||6.3||397||****|
|Baños de Panticosa||Panticosa||1639||10.2||5||360||****|
|Col de Portalet||Biescas||1794||27.2||3.4||521||****|
|Javalambre||Puebla de Valverde||1850||22.2||3.3||342||***|
|Moncayo||Vera de Moncayo||1565||24.6||3.7||376||***|
|Valdelinares||Mora de Rubielos||1984||27.4||3.5||622||***|
MountainsThe most well known climbs in Aragón come in the very north and the very south of the region. The most challenging cycling routes are in the province of Huesca where the highest peaks in the entire Pyrenees range are found. The climbs in Aragón are generally long and gentle. Gradients in excess of 10% are relatively rare, but routes over 20km long are relatively common.
SceneryThe most spectacular scenery is, without doubt in the Pyrenees close the border with France. Several climbs are centered around the town of Biescas, which is home to picturesque lakes with high peaks in the background. The Ordesa National Park is another spectacular area, although there are very few roads which actually go into the park itself.
Away from the Pyrenees - in the provinces of Zaragoza and Teruel - the scenery is quite barren and is very much an acquired taste. The hills are rolling and you can ride for a long way without seeing much in the way of life.
There is little traffic in much of the region. One exception to this is the city of Zaragoza and the towns nearby - roads here are often crowded and not so enjoyable for cycling. However, there are few climbs around here anyway. The Pyrenees can get crowded in summer - and the busy N-260 and N-240 routes should certainly be avoided. The Somport and Bielsa border crossings are also busy and have long tunnels so are unsuitable for cycling.
Getting ThereAragón is not the easiest part of Spain to get to - particularly the more appealing northern part. Zaragoza has a growing airport which now has some international flights - but it is necessary to then transfer quite a long way to the Pyrenees. Train in the region are often small and have very limited space for bikes in peak season.
The southern part of the region is most easily reached from the city of Valencia.