Valdezcaray (La Rioja)

Start Town Altitude (m) Elevation Gain (m) Length (km) Gradient (%) Difficulty Rating
Ezcaray 1570 713 14.2 5 524 ****

Valdezcaray Cycling Profile
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Roads & Traffic

The road is in good condition throughout.

There is little traffic on the climb.

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.

Other sides

This is the only way to climb to Valdezcaray.

Nearby Climbs

Cruz de la Demanda
Puerto de Montenegro
Peña Hincada
Lagunas de Neila


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