Cycling Pico de Veleta Granada

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Pico de Veleta - Granada

Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 6.2 %

Length: 43 km

Altitude start: 700 m

Altitude top: 3400 m

Ascent: 2700 m

Pico de Veleta rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 38 (all)
Ranking Spain: 4 (all)
Ranking Sierra Nevada: 3 (all)
Difficulty score: 248.93 what?

Pico de Veleta ratings

(4.6) Overall

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(5) Traffic

(3.7) Amenities

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The Pico de Veleta is situated in Andalucia. This climb belongs to the Sierra Nevada. Starting from Granada, the Pico de Veleta ascent is 43 km long. Over this distance, you climb 2700 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 6.2 %.

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Story by ian martin from olomouc, Czech Republic, submitted on 06/06/2016
A great day out on the bike leaving from Granada. It is not super steep most of the way just steady as she goes. There are a few steep ramps here and there, especially at the bottom and nearer the top. About 8 or so km from the actual summit, there is a carpark where you can get food and there are springs on the way for water.I drank out of them and it was fine, back in 2007.. The section beyond the carpark is closed to cars so its just cyclists and walkers.The road is broken up and it gets steep so traction can be an issue. The view from the top is extra spectacular. You can see the road weaving its way down and all the mountains. Just beautiful. The sealed part of the road below the carpark is superb and makes the descent so great. It is nice and flowing mostly and not overly technical so you can really just fly down. I hope I get a chance to return so I can experience it again.
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Story by Martin from Vancouver from Vancouver, Canada, submitted on 16/12/2014
I did this climb solo in Aug? 1992 from the ocean side up to the top then down to Granada. All''s I remember is the climb seemed to go on forever with my fully loaded touring bike. Near the top the road turned to gravel and I had to push my bike through the ice and snow for the last kilometer. That and the altitude hallucinations (I had spent most of my time from Portugal along sea level)made this a thoroughly invigorating experience. On the way down to Granada I was between a Bimmer and Mercedes going at full tilt - a good time was had by all - ah glory days!
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Story by Guy from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, submitted on 10/04/2014
Climbed the Pico on the 6th of July 2013. Conditions were very nice and warm. On the same day we discovered that the Sierra Nevada Limite took place. This race ends at the Pico. We took of from Granada and followed the same route as the Sierra Nevada Limite. So we did not ascent on the A-395 but followed the GR-420 and the GR-3200. It is a very nice ride on a road with not much traffic but with very steep section, up to 17%. After a while the GR-3200 joins the A-395. Reaching 2500 meter you pass the barrier. After this the road gets much worse. After 4,5 hour reached to top. Very nice views. Overall a very nice climb I can recommend
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Story by Dick Oliemans from Strand/Cape Town, South Africa, submitted on 04/09/2013
Did this climb in September 1987 with my Dutch buddy

as one of the last stages of a 1 month cycle camping trip around Andalucia, on touring bikes loaded with panniers.. In those days there was no barrier, and the last very steep 8ks was on tarmac in reasonably good condition, it appears to have deteriotated since. Starting in Granada the 55 k to the top took us about 4 1/2 hours excl regular stops. The top was covered in clouds but every now and then Granada popped up deep deep below. I do recall oxygen problems during the last very steep kilometre.. We went down on the gravel road ending in Capileira, 35 km unpaved, on normal touring bike tyres.. Only 1 pinchflat, and we arrived just before dark in Capileira (where we wild camped and treated ourselves to a restaurant meal instead of the usual campinggas pasta meal..) Still see this as one of the most memorable stages done in my long touring cycle career.. ( I am now 54 years old)
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Story by Martin Poettgen from Ruhrstadt, Germany, submitted on 17/08/2013
Hi guys.

Motivated by this page i cycled Valeta in July 2013. It''s a fabulous experience.

Find my video i made on youtube. Search for:

"Rennrad Tour auf den Pico de La Valeta"

It''s 5:43 long.

Thanx for the page


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Story by Martin Poettgen from Ruhrstadt, Germany, submitted on 17/08/2013

I cycled the Valeta in July 2013 with up to 45°Celsius. Its raly an event for everbody who loves cycling.

Find my video on youtube:

seach for: Rennrad Tour auf den Pico de La Valeta - Europas höchste Asphaltstrasse

It''s 5:43 long.


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Story by Dave Noble from Loughborough, United Kingdom, submitted on 20/09/2012
I rode up and back from Granada on a road bike with 23 tyres in September 2012. High 30s temperature at the bottom, which made it tough, but pleasant at the top - I didn''t need a coat for descending. It is really only an up and return trip unless you are touring on a mountain bike and have researched the track conditions on the way down to Trevelez on the other side.

Road conditions are excellent until above the ski station where it is closed to cars. From then on it is crumbling tarmac until the last 2 kilometres when the tarmac disapears - it was just rideable for me, but at the limit of what is sensible on those tyres - it made the descent hard as I had to be on the brakes all the time which is unnatural for me!I found the views and isolation of the top section easier than the heat of the main road at the bottom and didn''t sffer much from teh altitude.

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Story by Graham from , United Kingdom, submitted on 19/09/2012
Road this in fantastic weather mid September 2012. Great road up from Granada to the military post where the ''proper'' road stops and there is a barrier. Then it gets from difficult to silly unless you are on a mountain bike! Yes it''s high so altitude is a factor and parts are quite steep. Then the grooved surface, gouged out by snow ploughs starts to disintegrate with rocky, graveley parts that require very careful navigation on a road bike with 23mm tyres. At about 2800m the ''tarmac'' stops and it is NOT a metalled road! So sorry Spain but you have not got the highest metalled road in Europe unless you get some tarmac on the top few kms! Cime de la Bonette rules as not only the highest pass in Europe but the highest PROPER road!
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Story by Steve from huddersfield, United Kingdom, submitted on 15/09/2012
I climbed on a 30/42/52 touring road bike with 11-27 block in early October from the outskirts of Granada, following the main road up. Stopped briefly at the tourist information center where the road to the ski station diverges, hoping for coffee and cake, but no luck! At 2500m elevation(at the university outpost) there is a warm little bar which did a good ham sandwich too.

After the vehicle barrier the road gets rougher, steeper and wilder. No one else about at all. The head/cross wind got stonger and stronger as the road hairpins up which made it very hard.

The altitude started to affect me and for some distance i had to stop and rest every few hundred metres.

Frightened of getting blown off the top of the Pico, at 3200mts took the right hand fork to the observatory. The track beyond that down to Trvelez was narrow and obstructed by rocks which had fallen from Mulhacen. Only rideable on a mountain bike.

The descent was amazing ! Except for a puncture after 4k which was very hard to fix with the gale and altitude brain fog.

Take more warm clothes than you think you will need and food - with the altitude and the cold it could be a dangerous place if you had a major bike problem.
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Story by Scott from Fleet, United Kingdom, submitted on 15/06/2012
Three of us climbed this in late June 2011. We started out from Monacil where we were staying. This route gives you a much tougher introduction to the main, long climb. Once on the main road, you just keep pedalling smoothly and only the wind gets in your way. There are two routes on the main road. We took the right hand road on the way up and the left hand road on the way down. As others have said, you can grab a drink or something to eat at the Sierra Nevada ski resort. As you head out of the resort, there is a barrier across the road, and cars are stopped here. The surface deteriorates little by little as you climb. We did the whole climb on mountain bikes. I reckon that you could ride a road bike but would opt for 23-25mm tyres with some tread. There is a fork in the track after a few kilometres. The right hand fork clearly goes to the observatory. Keep on the left hand fork to climb to the top. Even in late June there was a lot of snow and the snow plough had gone home for the weekend as the road disappeared under a blanket of white. We pushed for a bit but then it all got too deep, so we left the bikes and clambered to the highest point that we could see.
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