Ordino-Arcalis Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

6.3
FIETS
15.6 mi
DISTANCE
3,785 ft
GAINED
4.5 %
AVG. GRADE

FULL CLIMB STATS

Page Contributor(s): Erwan Treguier, Brittany, France

INTRO

This climb is to Ordino-Arcalis sector ski station.  This is a famous area for cycling - Ordino-Arcalis was featured in the 1997, 2009 and 2016 Tour de France and the uelta a España in 2001, 2005 and 2007. 
Average grade is 4.5% (5.2% climb only). 43% of the climb is at 0-5% grade and 50% at 5-10%.  The steepest 500 meters is 9.2% and steepest kilometer 8.5%.  

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Roadway:  As one would expect of a major road in the richest country in the world, the route to Arcalis is pristine with a narrow to no shoulder throughout the climb - less shoulder higher in the climb. 

Traffic:  This depends upon when you leave.  Since the first half of the climb is near and through towns, we recommend you do this climb early on a weekend - traffic can be moderate to heavy, but is quite manageable on the weekend early. 

Tunnel:  There is a short tunnel at kilometer 1.5 and a 300 meter tunnel at 7-8% grade beginning at kilometer 2.  There is a narrow bike lane through the tunnel but bring taillights and consider a headlight as well. 

Parking:   There are many public paid parking lots in Les Escales wheer the climb begins - the 2 closest are 350 meters north (Map).  Here is a map of all parking in Les Escales. 
Bring lights for the 2 tunnels on this route. 
Before heading out on any cycling adventure check out our Things to Bring on a Cycling Trip and use our interactive check list to ensure you don't forget anything.
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