Bordako Tontorra

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Camino de Igarra 255m 225m 2.5 km 9.0% 372 ***






Bordako Tontorra - Camino de Igarra - Cycling Profile

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Climb Description

Bordako Tontorra has shot to fame as a cycling climb in the last few years. Its very steep gradients have seen it be included as the final and decisive climb in recent editions of the San Sebastían Classic race.

In 2014 a few riders managed to gain a gap on Bordako Tontorra, before Alejandro Valverde won the race by attacking on the descent into San Sebastían. In 2015 the race turned into something of a farce on the climb. Firstly there was no television coverage due to problems with the aeroplane providing transmission support. Secondly, a motorcycle clipped the wheel of Greg Van Avermaet just as the Belgian rider had launched a potentially decisive attack. Adam Yates ended up winning the classic, taking advantage of hesitation in the chasing group on the descent. Since then, the drama on the climb has been limited to the racing itself!

The first thing to point out regarding Bordako Tontorra is that, in many ways, it is utterly unremarkable. In this part of Guipuzkoa there are hundreds of similar climbs along narrow, steep country lanes. Most do not even have an official name and are certainly not used as classified cycling climbs; however, it is a great part of Spain for riding if you enjoy these sharp and punchy ascents.

The scenery is pleasant but certainly not spectacular. It is largely shrouded in thick forest which limits the views and the climb itself starts from near a large and unattractive motorway. The top of the climb, however, is beautiful as the road connects with Monte Igueldo, providing some excellent views of the Bay of Biscay and a thoroughly enjoyable descent into San Sebastían.

If you are staying in San Sebastían, this is certainly a climb to consider, for its place in recent cycling history more than anything else.

Bordako Tontorra is open throughout the year.


Bordako Tontorra from Camino de Igarra - Basque Cycling Climb

The calm before the storm






Roads & Traffic

The road is in good condition throughout, although it is very narrow.

There is little traffic on this climb.




Alternative Routes

This is the only way to climb Bordako Tontorra.





Nearby Climbs


Monte Igueldo

Jaizkibel

Aia

Urdaneta

Garate

Kalbario

Itziar

Azurki

Iturburu

Elosua

Castillo del Inglés






Cycling Holidays

The turn to Bordako Tontorra is passed by on our Bilbao to San Sebastian and Basque Country Coast cycling holidays. Cyclists who want a real challenge can take the diversion and tackle the steep slopes!

In the links below you can find out more about these and other similar tours that we run in the region.




Monte Igeldo - San Sebastian
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Easy to Medium
Price: from €1,390 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

Basque Coast Beach
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Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Easy to Medium
Price: €1,580 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

Rioja Vineyards
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Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Easy to Medium
Price: €1,540 EUR
*Bike Hire Included