LS21 / Alpujarras Route 3

113km Mines & Murtas Climbs

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113km by any other name is not a mammoth ride. The Mines Climb followed by the Murtas Climb in the second half of the ride add an extra bite.

Rolling into the bottom of the Mines Climb it's easy to get sucked into the steady gradient and go harder than you can maintain. The locals recommend selecting a gear that you can ride for the whole hill. It's a good idea as you should be steady enough at the start to get to the top.

Moderation along the top road is required to make the Murtas Climb more approachable. Stop in one of the many villages to fuel up.

The lower section of the Murtas road is rough, but don't be discouraged, the quality improves with distance. The climb is not so steep as Mines, with a short section of downhill in the middle, but it's long!

Out of the top of the climb is a rolling road along the ridge, which deteriorates the further you ride.

The ultimate reward for all this effort is the drop back to Cadiar!