Friday, November 8, 2019

Coll de Pradell, a monster climb in Catalonia

The famous stretch at 20%
This is not a very known climb. Not one of the famous. But I can tell you that if you climbed up there you will never forget about it: it is Coll de Pradell, in Barcelona province (Catalonia, Pyrenees).

The 20% steepness road sign has become iconic, and also a pilgrimage destination for most of the local riders. The images of the long straight uphill are impressive. On top of that, from the top of the climb, the views of Pedraforca (a famous catalan mountain fork shaped) are stunning.

In fact Coll de Pradell has never been included in any big professional tour as Volta a Catalunya or Vuelta a España.

The only event in which Coll de Pradell has been included is the Granfondo "La Ruta Minera", a tough route 154 km long with 3800 mts elevation, see stage profile below.

La Ruta minera, an amazing Granfondo, really challenging!
The area around Berga is amazing for climbers! Big climbs around Berga, such as Rasos de Peguera or also Coll de Pal makes this area a real paradise for climb lovers.

The numbers are really impressive. You can see details in the elevation profile below. Just mentioning that there are 3 sides you can climb to Coll de Pradell (see map below): Figols-Fumanya, Vallcebre (those 2 sides share the last part with the very steep part at 20%) and the western part from Saldes.

Map in which you can see the 3 sides of Coll de Pradell
Here below you can see the elevation profile for the Figols-Fumanya side. Tough!!

Very steep climb to Coll de Pradell

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