Puerto de la Quesera (Riaza)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Riaza 1,740m 520m 13.5 km 4.0% 400 ***






Puerto de la Quesera from Riaza - Cycling Profile

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Climb Description

Puerto de la Quesera is one of the highest and most well-known cycling climbs in this part of Central Spain. It featured in the 2015 edition of the Vuelta a España, where Sky's Nicholas Roche and Trek's Haimar Zubeldia broke away on its slopes, with Roche going on to win the sprint for the stage in Riaza.

The climb from this side is largely rolling for the first 7km, with gentle gradients. The final 6km are steeper and more sustained climbing, but it is still easy to find a comfortable rhythm here and there is nothing to trouble experienced cyclists.

Puerto de la Quesera is open throughout the year; although short term closures are possible in winter.




Roads & Traffic

The road surface is in good condition throughout and there is little traffic on this climb.




Alternative Routes

Puerto de la Quesera can also be climbed from the south, beginning in Majaelrayo.





Nearby Climbs


Alto del Rey






Cycling Holidays

We don't currently run any tours in this part of Spain. If you would be interested in customizing an itinerary to this region, please contact us and we would be happy to discuss the options.

You may also be interested in the links below to some of the mountainous tours that we currently run elsewhere in Spain.




Picos de Europa National Park
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,130 EUR
Tramuntana Mountains - Mallorca
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,110 EUR
Lagos de Covadonga
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: from €1,130 EUR