i don’t even like climbing but somehow ended up traveling across an ocean in search of the most beautiful climbs ⛰🚵🏻♀️🏔 •
i’ve only done a few of the famous ones but here is my top 5️⃣ so far. •
5️⃣ ⛰ - sant grau - cat 4/ 3.5 miles/ 5.5% / 1,115 ft / spain - shorty but goody 👌🏼 those views of costa brava region make this little bump all so worth it. •
4️⃣ ⛰- sa calobra (col del reis) - cat 1/ 5.86 miles / 7% / 2,192 ft / spain - climb perfection. perfect grade, perfect length, perfect views. trifecta all around. you have to descend it first all the way down to the sea, leaving you with no other option but to climb it back up. •
3️⃣ ⛰- alpe d’huez - hc / 7.42 miles / 9%/ 3,382 ft / france - turn after turn after turn. this climb doesn’t give you a break, holding very steady grade all throughout 7.42 miles. the views make you want to stop at each switchback. just keep going ⬆️. •
2️⃣ ⛰- col du galibier (from valloire) – hc / 10.94 miles / 7% / 4,085 ft / france - i don’t know whether it’s because it was my first hc climb in my life, or just because i still think of those snowcaps mountain views from up the galibier when i think of european cycling, but this one is forever gonna be one of the top climbs for me. it is long and steep enough for you to hate it (especially if you do it from telegraphe), but so magnificent at the top that you will instantly and forever fall in love 😍. •
1️⃣ ⛰- col d’izoard - hc / 11.73 miles / 6% / 3,652 ft / france - for absolutely no particular reason, i absolutely fell in love with izoard. as much as i hate climbing, this one had such a nice flow to it, being probably smoothest of them all, allowing you to catch a special rhythm. it even has a short little bit of rollers in the middle as additional bonus. it got it all: mountain views, riding thru a forest, open fields, little village, switchbacks, and that final turn into the finish line when you can turn your head and see all the beauty!