Puerto de la Morcuera - Rascafría (Madrid)

Start Town Altitude (m) Elevation Gain (m) Length (km) Gradient (%) Difficulty Rating
Rascafría 1796 631 13.4 4.7 360 ***

Puerto de la Morcuera - Rascafria
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Roads & Traffic

The road is in good condition throughout.

There is generally not a lot of traffic on the climb; although it can become quite busy on weekends in summer.

Climb Description

Puerto de la Morcuera is one of the classic cycling climbs in the Madrid region. It has been used over twenty times in the Vuelta a España, and often comes late in the race making it a potentially decisive climb. Riders to crest the pass first have included Richard Virenque and Dan Martin; however, it is probably most well known for its role in the 2015 edition, when Fabio Aru broke away from Tom Dumoulin to take a decisive overall lead on the penultimate stage of the race.

The climb from Rascafría is steady and quite gentle. It is easy to settle into a comfortable rhythm and will not trouble experienced riders. Like on many of the climbs in the Guadarrama Mountains, the road is lined by trees and so there are few spectacular views; however, it is a pleasant ascent and one of the most enjoyable road climbs in the region.

Puerto de la Morcuera is open throughout the year, subject to weather. Short term closures are common in winter following snow.

Other sides

Puerto de la Morcuera can also be climbed from the south, starting in Miraflores de la Sierra.

Nearby Climbs

Alto del León


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