Valdezcaray (Ezcaray)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Ezcaray 1,570m 713m 14.2 km 5.0% 524 ****






Valdezcaray from Ezcaray - Cycling Profile

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Climb Description

Valdezcaray is one of the most famous cycling climbs in the Rioja region, finishing at a ski resort. It has been used twice in the Vuelta a España, with both winners coming from english speaking countries. Sean Kelly was first here on his way to winning the 1988 edition, while Australia's Simon Clarke won the stage finish in 2012.

The climb is quite easy by professional cycling standards; although the first few kilometres are steep enough to test amateurs. The scenery is pleasant throughout the climb, with rolling hills as far as the eye can see. From the parking area at Valdezcaray it is possible to continue climbing to near the top of the mountain (Collado de los Tres Cruces) - as shown in the profile above. However, this is on a gravel track and is barely passable on a road bike.

Valdezcaray is open as far as the ski resort throughout the year.


Valdezcaray - Ezcaray - La Rioja Cycling Climb

This ski station marks the end of the paved road at Valdezcaray






Roads & Traffic

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




Alternative Routes

This is the only way to climb to Valdezcaray.





Nearby Climbs


Cruz de la Demanda

Puerto de Montenegro

Peña Hincada

Lagunas de Neila






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 €1,390 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 €1,390 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

Lagos de Covadonga
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: from €1,230 EUR