La Rioja Cycling Climbs

Climb Town Altitude (m) Length (km) Gradient (%) Difficulty Rating
Cruz de la Demanda Posadas 1855 15.6 5.7 875 ***
La Rasa River Iregua (N-111) 1390 9.7 6.2 567 ***
La Rasa Jalón de Cameros 1390 9.9 5.3 430 ****
Moncalvillo Medrano (LR-137) 1475 14.5 6.5 978 ***
Peña Hincada River Najerilla (LR-113) 1422 13.6 4.9 645 ****
Peña Hincada Villanueva de Cameros 1422 12.6 4.1 355 ***
Puerto de Montenegro Venta de Goyo (LR-113) 1583 19 3.8 424 ***
Puerto de Piqueras Villanueva de Cameros 1710 19.4 3.6 311 ***
Valdezcaray Ezcaray 1570 14.2 5 524 ****
Alto de Rivas San Vicente de la Sonsierra 960 9.9 4.3 111 ***
Alto de Rivas Labastida 960 10.2 4.1 114 ***


Mountains

La Rioja is best known internationally for its superb wine, but it is also a pleasant region for cycling. It is quite mountainous, although without the really spectacular climbs of the neighbouring regions to the north. The best area for climbing is to the south of the main wine area around Haro; here you will find the Cebollera mountains and the longer climbs around Ezcaray.

Scenery

La Rioja has picturesque scenery throughout the region. The valleys are filled with vineyards, while the higher mountains are mostly forested. There are no truly breathtaking views here, but almost anywhere that you go is pleasant for riding. The small, historic villages - through which the Camino de Santiago passes - also add to the charm of the region.

Roads

The road surfaces in La Rioja are generally well maintained and are of high quality.

There is little traffic in much of the region, particularly in the mountainous areas. The triangle formed by regional capital Logroña, Vitoria-Gasteiz and Burgos is the busiest area, but even here it is easy to find quiet routes.

Getting There

Bilbao is the nearest large airport, but you can also get the train to Logroño from much of Spain (including Madrid).

Weather

La Rioja is generally OK for cycling throughout the year. There is a chance of snow on high ground in the winter, and there are heatwaves at times in the summer, but generally it is warm an dry. The exception to this is the area around Haro - which has a micro-climate and receives a lot of rain (partly what makes it such a fertile wine growing region).

Tours

We don't currently run any tours to La Rioja. If you would be interested in customizing an itinerary to include this climb, please contact us.