Alto Velefique Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

7.8
FIETS
8 mi
DISTANCE
3,090 ft
GAINED
7.4 %
AVG. GRADE

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One of the most iconic bike climbs in Spain.  Located in the Sierra de Los Filabres mountain range, this climb is best known and appreciated for its 23 hairpins in an eleven kilometer 7.7% segment beginning just below the town of Velefique.  For the entire climb after the town of Velefique we have unobstructed views of the treeless desert-like mountains surrounding us. However, what sets this climb apart is that not only are there many great hairpins, because there are no trees along the route, you have fantastic views of the roadway snaking up the hill below you as you tick off one hairpin after another. This special mountain climb has been featured in the Vuelta a España six times since 2004, most recently in 2017 (as of 2020). 
Average grade is 7.4%.  You'll ride 12.8 kilometers gaining 942 meters with 0 descent, 15% of the climb is at 0-5% grade, 68% is at 5-10%, and 17% is at 10-15%  The steepest 500 meters is 11.3% and steepest kilometer 10.8%. 

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Roadway:  Two lane highway in excellent condition with no shoulder. 

Traffic:  Mild. 

Parking:  You can park at the sign at the start of the climb just 850 meters south of Velefique (Street View) or in Velifique and ride down to the start if you don't want to block the sign for anyone who wants an clean photo at the start (Street View; Map).
Provisions:  There are none on the ride after passing through Velefique in the first kilometer. 
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.
Be sure to get your photo with the hairpins below you at Mirador del Pedregal (Pedregal Viewpoint: Google Map + Reviews) 500 meters from the finish and just above the last hairpin.  Also consider riding Calar Alto while you are in the area.

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