World's Steepest Cycling 2 kilometers

#1
Pozza San Glisente (Dos dell'Asino)
Italy
#2
Nebelhorn
Germany
#3
Pico Arieiro
Portugal
#4
Scanuppia
Italy
#5
Llano de las Animas
Spain
#6
Mombacho Volcano
Nicaragua
#7
Alpe Fuori
Italy
#9
Rio Chiquito
El Salvador
#10
Jesenierstrabe
Italy

Climb List: World's Steepest 2 Kilometers
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Cycling the World's Steepest 2 Kilometers

Bike climb of Mombacho Volcano - soccer field with volcano in background

Cycling Mombacho Volcano -- One of the steepest climbs in the world!

The steepest mile in the World.

We have documented nine of the 10 steepest mile and two-kilometer bike segments in the world -- and we’ve lived to tell about it 👍😅.  Below are the Top Five 1 Mile and Top Five 2 Kilometer Steepest Road Bike Climbs in the World.  Note that the gradient is so extreme that the ¼ mile difference between one mile and two kilometers dramatically rearranges the order of the World Steepest List.

THE WORLD’S STEEPEST PAVED MILE

MOMBACHO VOLCANO, NICARAGUA

Climbing Mombacho Volcano by bike - steep section - cobblestones  

Sadly, it was raining on the day we climbed Mombacho.

Steepest mile is 24.8%.

The average grade for the full 3.8 miles from Nic 18 to the top is 14.21%, but the 2.5 miles beginning at mile 1.2 averages 18.1%, the steepest paved portion of road in the world for that distance that we thus far located.  At the top of Mombacho is an incredibly beautiful Nature Preserve that is well worth the trip to visit if you are in Nicaragua.

Bicycle ride up Mombacho Volcano - guard with rifle

As a general rule, “No biceleta” really means “No biceleta.”

However, see our Climb Page for the work-around.

THE WORLD’S SECOND STEEPEST PAVED MILE

NEBELHORN, GERMANY

Bicycle climb of Nebelhorn - hiker holding bike on steep road

Cycling Nebelhorn - 23.6% average grade for one mile.

Several brief segments of the Nebelhorn climb exceed 30% and there is a full quarter mile at 26%, half mile at 25% and one mile that averages 23.5% grade.  What else could we expect, the thing starts at the bottom of a championship ski jumping facility!

Cycling Nebelhorn  - steep roadway through wheel spokes 

THE WORLD’S THIRD STEEPEST PAVED MILE

SCANUPPIA, ITALY

45% steepness road sign on Scanuppia Italy cycling climb.

45%! We have never encountered a sign with a gradient this high.

While Scanuppia is THE hardest bike climb in Europe and #5 in the world, it does not have a “true” 45% grade (perhaps the inside of one of its treacherous tornante, but not the roadway itself).  However, it has a legitimate mile at 23% which we have personally seen twice (don’t ask why we went back -- we certainly regretted it during the climb).

Scanuppia, Italy, Italian Alps, hairpins drone photo

Aerial view of the start of the climb - just across bridge left center.

Climbing Scanuppia Italy by bike - no bike sign

FULL DISCLOSURE: Sadly, the #2 World Bike Climb starts with a “no bikes” sign.

THE WORLD’S FOURTH STEEPEST PAVED MILE

PICO ARIEIRO , MADEIRA ISLAND, PORTUGAL

Climbing Scanuppia Italy by bike - no bike sign

Pico Ariero has a one mile segment at its start that is 22.5%.

At 5,965 feet, Pico Ariero is Madeira's third highest peak.

Climbing Scanuppia Italy by bike - no bike sign

THE WORLD’S FIFTH STEEPEST PAVED MILE

JESENIERSTRABE, ITALY

Climbing Scanuppia Italy by bike - no bike sign 

Well this looks pleasant . . .

. . . this was NOT . . .

Cycling Steepest Mile in the World  - Jesenierstrabe - bike on steep hill

Photos do not do this Bad Boy justice: one mile at 22.3%

Yes -- I walked a couple of times on this one . . . 😢

THE WORLD’S STEEPEST PAVED 2 KILOMETERS

NEBELHORN, GERMANY

See #2 steepest mile, above.

THE WORLD’S SECOND STEEPEST PAVED 2 KILOMETERS

PICO ARIEIRO , MADEIRA ISLAND, PORTUGAL

See #4 steepest mile, above.

THE WORLD’S THIRD STEEPEST PAVED 2 KILOMETERS

SCANUPPIA, ITALY

See #3 steepest mile, above.

THE WORLD’S FOURTH STEEPEST PAVED 2 KILOMETERS

MOMBACHO VOLCANO, NICARAGUA

See #1 steepest mile, above

THE WORLD’S FIFTH STEEPEST PAVED 2 KILOMETERS

ALPE FUORI, ITALY

 

Cycling Alpe Fuori -- one mile at 20.1%.

This beautiful but challenging climb looks a lot like this: paved, then gravel, then paved, then gravel, all the way to the top. The gravel is manageable in some sections on a road bike, but we did have to walk portions.  We wouldn’t recommend anybody go to the summit with a road bike. ‘Cross necessary’ is what we think.