Cycling Port de La Bonaigua
La Bonaigua
La Bonaigua

La Bonaigua is one of those classical mountain passes in Catalonia and cycling Port de la Bonaigua is a must for any cycloclimber.

It is one of the few roads over 2000 mts in the Catalan Pyrenees. In fact this is one of the first roads to be closed to traffic when winter snowfalls.

Nevertheless, being a ski resort on top these roads is usually accessible to

Cycling Port de la Bonaigua
Switchback at Port de la Bonaigua

traffic all year long. On the north side there is also a very popular ski resort at Baqueira Beret (which has been stage ending at some Grand Tours so far).

Because of the strategic situation of la Bonaigua, connecting Vall d’Aran with Pallars Sobirà region, the road to La Bonaigua has always been the natural pass and locals have claimed often for a tunnel.

With almost 20 km length, and reaching 2072 mts height, it is one of the king mountains the Pyrenées.

Long and demanding climb

The climb itself is very long and steady from both sides, and the road is wide and usually in pretty good condition.

Port de la Bonaigua
Port de la Bonaigua

The road was improved and slightly modified in 2009. On the south side there is still a nice rideable stretch of the old road. This is called “Bosc del Gerdar” (see picture) and it is a very nice bendy route without any traffic into a deep forest (bosc in Catalan language). Also, just starting the climb from Esterri d’Aneu, it is possible to get the old road leading to València d’Aneu, much more beautiful than the steeper straight route of the new road.

Totally worth to cycle both roads when climbing but obviously much better (and faster!) taking the new roads when descending.

La Bonaigua was included several times in La Vuelta route. Especially remarkable is the Vuelta a España 2013, in which Bonaigua was included in the stage which finished in Peyragudes after also climbing Port de Bales and Peyresourde. Amazing tough stage! (see elevation profile below).

First On Top on professional races lately (source cyclingcols)

2016 Tour de France Thibaut Pinot
2013 Vuelta a España Nicolas Edet
2008 Vuelta a España David Moncoutié
2003 Vuelta a España Félix Rafaël Cardenas
1995 Vuelta a España Alex Zülle
Bonaigua Vuelta a España
Bonaigua Vuelta a España

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