Overall Rating of Climbs

Every climb that we have profiled has been given an overall rating. This is a quick way of ranking how enjoyable we believe each climb is to ride and takes into account a number of factors, which are outlined below.

It is based on a star system with * being the least enjoyable and ***** being the most enjoyable to ride. It is an entirely subjective rating based on our experiences of the climbs.

The overall rating is different from the difficulty index and does not include how challenging a climb is in its calculation.


Picon del Fraile

Picón del Fraile is one of the most scenic climbs in Spain






Scenery

The biggest factor in calculating the overall rating is the scenery. A picturesque climb with fantastic views for miles around will generally result in a higher rating than a climb where you are surrounded by dense forest for most of the route.

Spectacular scenery can take many different shapes, ranging from, for example, beautiful coastlines in Mallorca to the high, rugged peaks of the Pyrenees of Picos de Europa.

This is entirely subjective, so if, for example, you prefer the barren, rolling landscapes of central Spain you may feel as though our ratings are not especially accurately.



Road Conditions

Another significant consideration are the road conditions of each climb. Included within this are two distinct elements: the road surface and traffic.

Climbs with very little traffic are more likely to receive a higher rating than those that are full of cars. Indeed, some famous climbs have been given just * because the volume of traffic makes them so unenjoyable to climb.

The road surface is given slightly less weighting, but still is important in deciding the overall rating. A perfect road surface with no potholes and no vibration makes for a much more enjoyable climb and descent.



History and Status

The difficulty index is a rough guide and, as such, has several limitations. The following examples highlight some of the potential limitations:

Some weighting is given to the history and status of a climb. After all, it is more enjoyable to climb something like Col du Tourmalet or Angliru, following in the tracks of the greatest cyclists throughout history, than it is to conquer a much lesser known climb with similar scenery and road conditions.

On the individual profile of each climb you will find more information about the history and status of each climb. Finding out about the famous races and battles that have taken place on the slopes makes the climb an even more rewarding experience.


Bola del Mundo

Bola del Mundo is a well known climb, but with poor road conditions








Again, it's worth repeating that the overall rating is largely subjective. It is based on our experiences in riding the climbs, most of them on multiple occasions.

But if you are not so bothered about sharing the road with cars, or if you like a different kind of scenery to us, then you may disagree with some of our decisions. We recommend using the overall rating as a kind of recommendation, rather than a firm judgement!






Lagos de Covadonga
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: from €1,130 EUR
Tramuntana Mountains - Mallorca
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,110 EUR
Beniarres Reservoir & Benicaldell
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging to Hard
Price: from €620 EUR
Picos de Europa National Park
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,130 EUR
Mount Teide
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,090 EUR
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: from €1,070 EUR