Cycling El León Malaga

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El León - Malaga

Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 5.6 %

Length: 16.3 km

Altitude start: 35 m

Altitude top: 940 m

Ascent: 905 m

El León rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 2775 (all)
Ranking Spain: 259 (all)
Ranking Sierra Nevada: 23(all)
Difficulty score: 77.74 what?

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The El León is situated in Andalucia. This climb belongs to the Sierra Nevada. Starting from Malaga, the El León ascent is 16.3 km long. Over this distance, you climb 905 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 5.6 %.

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Since 2005, the El León will be/was climbed in the following big tour stages:
Vuelta España 2010 :  Marbella > Málaga on 30/08/2010

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Stories, information and comments from El León climbers
Story by Phil Walker from Birmingham, UK, submitted on 12/08/2007
I did this climb in Sept 07. Its an excellent and challenging ride, the gradient isnt massively steep but its unrelenting. If you find yourself in Malaga its well worth a go. Its not an easy place to find the start of as it starts in the confusing suburbs of Malaga. The A-7000 road has just been resurfaced with a beautifully smooth surface, a pleasure to ride on. The views back down to Malaga are spectacular and the road is virtually traffic free (3 cars passed me in 2 hours). You climb through the Malaga Mountains national park, and its a fabulously peaceful escape from the madness of central Malaga. The roll down from El Leon back to Malaga is one of the best with that road surface. (As a side note I unfortunately didnt have use of my Trek 5200 but did this climb on a 90Euro mountain bike that weighed 21kg. very challenging up and down!)

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