Moncalvillo (Medrano)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Medrano (LR-137) 1,475m 948m 14.5 km 6.5% 978 ***






Moncalvillo from Medrano - Cycling Profile

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Climb Description

Moncalvillo is the most challenging road cycling climb in the Rioja region. Until Daroca it is very gentle with shallow gradients; however, after turning off towards the communications tower it becomes much steeper. The gradients are unrelenting and the narrow road and trees give it something of a claustrophobic feel.

The scenery here is pleasant, particularly on the lower part of the climb as you pass through the vineyards which are so characteristic of the region. Moncalvillo is popular with cyclists from the nearby city of Logroño. It is open throughout the year subject to weather, but short term closures are quite common in winter.




Roads & Traffic

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




Alternative Routes

The bottom part can be climbed from several different roads, but this is the most common route.





Nearby Climbs


Puerto de Piqueras

Puerto de Montenegro

Cruz de la Demanda

Lagunas de Neila

Valdezcaray

La Rasa






Cycling Holidays

We don't currently run any tours that include this climb. 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 other tours that we run nearby.




Rioja Vineyards
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Easy to Medium
Price: from €1,240 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

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

Lagos de Covadonga
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: from €1,130 EUR