1) Montserrat is the most iconic climb of whole Catalonia. Incredible round shaped mountain, center of the catalan country. It is worth visiting it. Furthermore, getting to the top is steep. You will mix among the pilgrims visiting the black virgin, giving thanks to the virgin for any favour or asking her for some gifts.
|Incredible views of the mountain (Photo: Sergi Ros de Mora)|
|Autumn is the recommended time to climb!|
4) La Bonaigua. Long, nice climb. Over 2000 meters. The first road to be covered by snow in winter, and the last to be opened. Nearby there is another interesting climb, less known but it is worth to know: Llac de Sant Maurici.
5) Mare de Deu del Mont, Rocacorba and Els Angels. Three different climbs in the area of Girona, three usual climbs for pro riders living in Girona. Mare de Deu del Mont has spectacular views over Canigo mountain in Pyrenees, Rocacorba is very steep, just beside the very known Banyoles lake, where many triathlon take place. Finally, Santari dels Angels is the climb just beside Girona, not very steep but an ideal climb to test.
6) Mont Caro. Down south Tarragona, almost in Castelló, you can see Massis dels Ports. The highest point there is Mont Caro. It has been end of stage in several Volta a Catalunya, a truly Hors category.
|Begining Mont Caro climb (Photo: Sergi Ros de Mora)|
|Rassos de Peguera (Photo: Sergi Ros de Mora)|
9) Tibidabo and Montjuic, the hills in Barcelona. The first one gives an impressive overview upon the city. With its church iluminated at night and its amusement park above. It is the most classical climb for riders in Barcelona. Not that steep, but challenging anyway. Montjuic is the Olimpic mountain, where the Olimpic Stadium is. Short but steep, Montjuic was the place where were ridden the Cycling World Championships in 1973 (won by Felice Gimondi) and 1984 (won by Claude Criquielion). Cycling history was written there.
|Tibidabo, "I will give you"|
|Olympic Stadium, Marathon entrance|
It has not been easy to choose these climbs because we have plenty of them in Catalonia. Do you dare?