Cycling in Valencia - Climbs in Valencia

Aerial relief map of the province of Valencia, Spain
The main mountain ranges in the province of Valencia

Perhaps not as widely-known for its climbs as its southern neighbour, Alicante, the province of Valencia nevertheless offers a considerable and varied selection of terrain for those who enjoy the discipline of climbing.

North

Bike riding in Sierra Calderona, province of Valencia, Spain
Climbing in Sierra Espadán

To the north of the provincial capital of Valencia, and on the very northern limit of the province itself, we find the Sierra Calderona range, with summits of between @500 - @800 m.a.s.l. and a firm favourite of the city's cyclists. Although neither especially long or steep, Port de L'Oronet is a firm fixture in many of the bike races that take place in the province, and has featured in the Vuelta a España on numerous occasions. A little further west on the same range lies Pico del Águila (also known as Puerto de Chirivilla), which peaks at  @700 metres and can be combined perfectly with Port de l'Oronet on routes starting and finishing in the city of Valencia.

Immediately north on the other side of the valley to Sierra Calderona lies Sierra de Espadán, which marks the southern limit of the province of Castellón and can also be reached quite comfortably by bike from the city of Valencia.

Cycling in Sierra Calderona, Valencia, Spain
Cycling in Sierra Calderona, Valencia

Both these ranges have little traffic, good roads, pine and cork forests, numerous villages and bars in which to refuel, making them excellent locations for cycling.

West

Climbing by bike in Valencia, Spain


To the west of the province, running approximately from the town of Villar del Arzobispo in the north to the town of Font de la Figuera in the south and some 70-80 kilometres inland from the coast, we have a series of mountain ranges that jointly separate the province of Valencia, and hence the Mediterranean, from Spain's meseta central ("inner plateau"). An area of low-density population in general, climbs here include Pico del Remedio, located near the town of Chelva and which reaches @1000 metres with maximum gradients of @14%, the spectacular Muela de Cortes, located upstream on the River Júcar and some @75 kilometres inland from the city of Valencia, which takes us up a multitude of hairpins offering incredible views to a destination the lies nowhere in particular at an altitude of @800 m.a.s.l. In the southern extreme of these ranges we find climbs such as the traffic-free Puerto de Casas de Benali (@750 m.a.s.l.), and the tremendous Alto del Campello in the town of Vallada, which offers us a leg-breaking 350-metre altitude gain in a mere 4 kilometres, with stretches at over 20%.

Summit of Puerto de Casas de Benalí, Valencia, Spain
Summit of Puerto de Casas de Benalí, Valencia

South

Cyclist climbing Puerto de Barx, Valencia
Climbing Puerto de Barx, Valencia

To the south, Sierra Grossa runs from the town of Xátiva to Gandia on the coast, and Sierra de Agullent and Sierra del Benicadell run approximately from the town of Font de la Figuera to the coastal town of Oliva, separating the province of Valencia from that of Alicante and offering several mountain passes on the way. Dotted with the larger towns of Ontinyent, Xativa, Gandia and Oliva, among others, this is a more densely-populated area and, consequently, is relatively easy to access. Nevertheless, climbs such as Puerto el Moro (@1000 m.a.s.l.), Puerto del Portixol (@800 m.a.s.l.) in the west and Puerto de Barx (@ 375 m.a.s.l.), Puerto de Beniarrés (@580 m.a.s.l.) and Puerto de la Llacuna (@700 m.a.s.l.) in the east offer ample opportunity for bike riding on quiet roads.

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