Sollube (Larrauri)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Larrauri 686m 598m 11.6 km 5.1% 454 **






Sollube - Larrauri - Cycling Profile

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Climb Description

Sollube is a well known cycling climb in the Basque region, which has been used for many decades in important races in the region. It is also one of the five Deiadar-Mendiak - visible summits from which messages were sent, summoning members of the local government to meetings. The messages were sent by fire or by a traditional Basque horn.

The climb from Larrauri first reaches the Puerto de Sollube after around 7km (here there is a monument to local rider and Vuelta a España winner Jesus Loroñe), before turning onto a minor road and contiuning the ascent up to a television tower which marks the top of Sollube. The gradient is inconsistent, with some sustained steep sections and also a very gentle few kilometres in the middle of the climb.

This is very much a climb of two halves. Until the Puerto de Sollube it is a busy road, shrouded by trees with little in the way of scenery. However, after turning off towards the television tower, the road becomes much quieter and the scenery opens up more with some fine views of the rolling green landscape. The first half of the climb is not very enjoyable to ride and contributes to the low overall rating; however, the final 4.5km are much more enjoyable.

Sollube is open throughout the year, although is subject to short-term closures in the winter if there is significant snow.




Roads & Traffic

The road is in very good condition for the first 7km. After the Puerto de Sollube it remains asphalted and fine for cycling on a road bike, but it is rougher with some cracked sections.

There is a lot of traffic on the first part of the climb. This is the main road between Bilbao and the towns on the northern coast of the Biscay region. After turning off at Puerto de Sollube the traffic becomes almost non-existant.




Alternative Routes

Sollube can be climbed from various sides; however, we believe the most enjoyable is taking the back road from Bermeo.





Nearby Climbs


Monte Oiz

Jata

Puerto de Urkiola






Cycling Holidays

Our Basque Country Coast cycling holiday can easily be adapted to be made more challenging and to include Sollube, as well as other similar climbs.

In the links below you can find out more about this and other 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 €1,290 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

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

Rioja Vineyards
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Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Easy to Medium
Price: €1,390 EUR
*Bike Hire Included