Mont Pico de Veleta
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Pico de Veleta (2600)m

The Pico de Veleta in the Sierre Nevada National Park in Andalucia services the most southernly ski resort in Europe. During the summer you can actually climb up to over 3300 metres but during the spring you can reach the base of the ski resort at 2500 metres. This climb has been used many times in the Vuelta d'Espana and is used by 2011 Tour de France champion Cadel Evans as an early season training base.

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From Monachil [Average gradient: 6.9% - Maximum gradient : 8% - Distance 20.0km - Height gain 1245m]

The secret training ground of 2011 Tour de France champion Cadel Evans the giant of a climb at 2600 metres starts from our base in Monachil and rises to over 3300 metres. However due to the amount of snow it it not always open. We cycle to the bottom of the Sierra Nevada Ski station that sits at 2600 metres above sea level.

The climb has been used on numerous occasions in the Tour of Andalucía and the Vuelta España either as a stage finish or as an individual time trial. The gradient is never steep , the roads are super smooth and fairly car free.

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