Barcelona is a great place for cycling, there is no doubt. In a former post, we introduced 10 of the most popular climbs around Barcelona, but today let me introduce some short and steep hidden climbs close to Barcelona, not very known (or maybe not known at all) for most of the local cyclists. Some of them are dead-end climbs, leading to some remote urbanization with fantastic views. No need for many words in this article, I just join the names, short description, and the link to the Strava segment, so you can find them, get there and challenge yourself to get to the top.
- Carrer Llobregos (Barcelona), 1,4 km at 8% average, with some parts over 17%. Inside Barcelona city, in the Carmel mountain. By the way, near the top, there is a great viewpoint from the Bunkers del Carmel.
- Mas Ram. 257 m. 1,8 km at 9%. Starting at Tiana in a crossroad very close to the highway. Dead end road at the top of the urbanization.
- Supermaresme. 3km at 9% average gradient. This luxury urbanization has some magnificent luxury houses with stunning views. Some VIPs are said to be staying around here when they come to Barcelona and they don’t want want to stay at the city center. It is one of the few climbs listed here which has 2 sides (except the last common stretch). It can be included in a loop ride.
- Sant Carles. Starting at Santa Agnes de Malanyanes. The interesting side is starting at C-35 road and the steepest part is a 500 mts long 12% straight part. It is properly a road, not a street in the urbanization. It hurts.
- Can Massuet-El Far. They are 2,9 km at 9% average gradient and includes some very steep short stretches. From the little village Dosrius on the road heading to Canyamars, there is a roundabout and you have to take left to Can Massuet urbanization.
- Font del Montnegre. 4,40 km at 9% average gradient. Starting at Sant Iscle de Vallalta, close to Calella (where the Ironman Barcelona takes place). This is the longest climb on the list and deserves a try, definitely!
- Can Bosc-Ca l’Alegre. Steep climb on both sides, here attached the nicer one and easier to find, probably a little steeper the side from Vilanova del Vallès into urbanization streets.
- Pallejà Fontpineda. This is a little more known climb south Barcelona, and it has an easier first part and a very steep second part.
- Colonia Montserrat. Starting close to Sant Bartomeu de la Quadra (very close to the quite popular Rierada climb), the numbers of this climb are not very impressive, but this very steep street has some parts over 25%. Challenging is a short word for this one.
Sure there are some more short and steep climbs close to Barcelona. We will be updating the list in short, especially with climbs in the Collserola range of mountains in the upper part of Barcelona.