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Probably the hardest and most epic route in our country, the Trans-Pyrenees runs from the Mediterranean Sea to the Bay of Biscay, crossing the entire Pyrenees mountain chain. You will enjoy crossing Catalonia, Aragon, Navarra and the Basque Country at the stroke of a pedal and you will contemplate the most impressive monuments of our geography.
On this route you will pedal for long days seeing spectacular coastal cliffs, lush forests and endless ascents to the great passes of the central Pyrenees. Along the way, lost villages, unforgettable landscapes and high mountain gastronomy that will make you keep this route in your memory for the rest of your life.
La Transpirenaica is a route of almost 800 km and more than 12,000 m of positive elevation gain divided into 8 stages that you can consider in a single trip or do it several times.
Starting in the Bay of Roses, we leave the Mediterranean Sea behind to move to the East towards Besalú and Castellfollit de la Roca. About 60 km without any elevation gain to consider and through a road that will take us to the feet of the first Pyrenean foothills that we are going to climb. We continue towards Sant Joan Les Fonts, still riding in a moderate ascent, to attack then our first and only climb of the stage, the Cap¬sacosta (10,7km, 862 mts). We go down to Sant Pau Seguries and continue towards Camprodon and Llanars, where we finish the stage. The strongest riders can opt in Castellfollit to follow the road to Oix and Beget, which will mean facing consecutively Coll de Camporiol (2.5km, 508 m+), Coll de Bucs (7.8km, 804 m+) and Coll de la Boixeda (12,5km, 1,091m+), and then follow the road that will take you, at a similar mileage, to Camprodon and Llanars.
We start the stage descending to Ripoll, where we will pass in front of the monastery and it’s a waypoint in which, following the N-260 road in direction to Ribes de Freser, the road begins to climb towards Collada de Toses. The classic ascent is made through the village of Toses, after 20 km the road takes us to the pass. Another possibility, if we want to avoid the hardest ramps, is to follow the N- 260 route. Of course, something longer (25 km) and less charming. In Collada de Toses (1,790 mts) we are at the highest point of the whole journey, and we start a long descent that will take us first to Bellver de Cerdanya and then to La Seu d’Urgell, where we will finish the stage.
The third stage will take us to the longest mountain pass and, undoubtedly, one of the hardest of the journey: at 7 km from La Seu, and following N-260, we will start the long ascent to Port del Cantó: 25 km of those going from 630 meters altitude to 1,720, with ramps up to 14% in the first section. From there we will descend quickly to Sort and Gerri de la Sal, where we will leave the N-260 to ascend, in 10 km, to Estany de Montcortés (1,067 mts) and from there another descend again until Senterada.
We already start already ascending from the first moment, following the road that joins the valleys of Noguera Pallaresa and Noguera Ribagorzana and that after 13.5 km will take us first to the Coll de la Creu de Perves (1,335 mts), and after a small descent, to the Port de Viu de Llevata (1,330 mts). From there, we will ride a steep descent to Pont de Suert, where we are heading, and once again climbing and leaving Catalun¬ya, towards Noales, Las Paules and Castejón de Sos. In this section we will have to overcome the Coll de l’Espina (1,407 mts) and the Coll de Fadas (1,470 mts) and, in continuous descent, arrive to Castejón de Sos to follow the river Éssera downstream, cross the narrow pass of Ventamillo and finish the stage in Campo.
From Campo we leave by the N-260 road, we immediately start to climb the Pyrenees to reach Puerto de la Foradada (1,020 mts), first of many climbs on this hard but spec¬tacular day and then drop off to Ainsa, enjoying some flats and descents and crossing spectacular ravines. Just before arriving Ainsa, we will cross the Arro tunnel. Once we arrive to Ainsa, we get into the most spectacular part of the stage, pedaling through the limits of the centennial Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park. Then we will reach Broto, one of the park’s doors and face a last but spectacular climb to Cotefablo mountain pass (1,423 meters), then descend to the beautiful town of Biescas and ride some flat kilometers until we get to Jaca, a touristic small city with many tourist sites, such as its Ciudadela, its cathedral and its historic center, where it is mandatory to take a walk to let your legs go and enjoy Jaca’s gastronomy.
We will take from Jaca the A-2605 road towards Sinués and Aisa. It’s a lonely road that goes up the river Estarrún, with magnificent views over the Aspe Peak, that close the valley with Llana de la Garganta and Llana del Bozo, showing its impressive profile. We climb to Alto de Aisa (1,227 meters) and after some descend we reach the valley of Hecho. Just before we get to the town that gives the valley its name, we will turn to our left and climb to Alto del Vedao (1,095 meters, 4.6km) and descend to the Ansó valley. We follow the road that goes up the valley, an asphalted track with an absolutely beautiful environment, and we enter Navarra crossing Alto de Zuriza (1,290 mts; 7.2 km) towards Isaba, village that we will reach after our descent.
We face the longest stage on our penultimate day, in which we will overcome the grea¬test elevation gain of the journey. In spite of this, it does not cause a feeling of hardness greater than the previous stages. Riding secondary roads and a sequence of mountain passes (Laza, 1,129 mts, Remendia, 1,040 mts, Mezkiritz, 922 mts, Erro, 801 mts and Artesiaga, 984 mts), we cross Navarre and we enter the Atlantic landscape and its characteristic vegetation. When the route joins the N-121 road Pamplona-Irún, now turned into a highway, we will be careful to follow the right road, which avoids the highway and follows the old national road, so we can ride with quiet traffic and passing through the different towns, until reaching Venta Etxalar, end of the stage.
From Venta de Etxalar, we follow the NA-4000 road towards Lesaka. This short but very beautiful stage awaits us, with two mountain passes: Alto de Agina (550 mts; 10 km), Endara reservoir and also a short climb, Collado de Aritxulegui (443 mts, 3.5 km). From there we descend to Donostia and La Contxa Beach, destination of our journey and finish line of our 8 intense days pedaling through the Pyrenees.