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||****|
|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||***|
|Alto de Rivas||San Vicente de la Sonsierra||960||9.9||4.3||111||***|
|Alto de Rivas||Labastida||960||10.2||4.1||114||***|
MountainsLa 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.
SceneryLa 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.
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.