Font Roja (Alicante)
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Roads & TrafficThe road surface is very good throughout the climb. There is some traffic in the first 300m, but it thins out quickly as you leave Alcoy. On weekends there can be traffic with hikers driving into the Mariola Mountains, but nothing particularly bothersome for cycling.
Climb DescriptionFont Roja is the classic climb of the Sierra Mariola mountains, and is very popular with cyclists from the Alcoy and Cocentaina area. It begins with a tough 500m ascending out of Alcoy, before a gently rolling section. The climb then begins in earnest around 4km from the top. A series of hairpin bends begin, with some steep corners, although the steep sections don't last especially long.
The scenery here is pleasant, cycling through the Mariola Natural Park, but it is mostly in forest, with few spectacular panoramic views. Don't let this put you off, however, because it is an enjoyable ascent and the forest proides some nice shade when the temperatures are high.
Font de Roja is open throughout the year.
Other sidesFont Roja can also be accesseed from the west, joining this route around 3km from the top. However, the northern route - from Banyares de Mariola is much more rolling, with significant descents, and so is not really a proper climb.
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