Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Mora de Rubielos 1,984m 944m 27.4 km 3.5% 622 ***

Valdelinares Cycling Climb Profile

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Climb Description

Valdelinares is quite typical of one of the big climbs situated in the Spanish meseta. It is high altitude, has a good road surface and is enjoyable enough to ride; however, it is lacking something in terms of scenery. This ascent is actually two climbs; first passing over the Puerto de San Rafael, before climbing up to a rather unattractive ski resort above the village of Valdelinares.

The climb hosted a stage finish of the 2014 Vuelta a España - won by Colombian rider Winner Ancona. It looked rather unappealing though to spectators, compared with the dramatic and beautiful stages to Lagos de Covadonga and Ancares that provided the most memorable images of the race.

If you are in the area though for some reason, it is one of the better climbs around. The scenery is not awful - just a little uninspiring - and the sheer height and length of the climb makes it enjoyable for riders that love to go uphill!

Valdelinares is open throughout the year. Short term closures are possible in winter, but the road is generally cleared very quickly to allow access to the ski resort.

Roads & Traffic

The road is in very good condition throughout.

There is little traffic throughout the climb during most of the year. In winter the second half of the route can be busy with cars driving up to the ski resort - it is noticeably quieter during the rest of the year.

Alternative Routes

Valdelinares can also be climbed from other sides using a combination of several roads; however, these are all rolling in nature, rather than a sustained climb.

Nearby Climbs




Cycling Holidays

Our Valencia & Aragon Guided and Self-Guided cycling holidays both pass through this region.

These are leisurely tours with a focus on experienceing the history, culture and gastronomy of the area. However, the routes can be extended to include Valdelinares and other climbs in the area, if you would like more of a challenge!

You can find more details about these and some of our other tours below.

Historic Center - Segorbe
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Easy to Medium
Price: from €1,440 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

Navajas Reservoir
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Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Easy to Medium
Price: €1,330 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

Lagos de Covadonga
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: from €1,490 EUR