Haza del lino (la rábita) - 1,290m
CLIMB DATA - HAZA DEL LINO
CLIMB CATEGORY - HC
Length of climb - 26.4km
Summit elevation - 1,290M
Start elevation - 31M
Elevation gain - 1,259M
Gradient (avg) - 5%
Starting on the coast in the beautiful town of La Rábita, once a military fortress, this climb is sure to live long in the memory of any cyclist who is lucky enough to ride it. Starting from La Rábita provides you with the longest side to Haza del Lino, with a total of 1259m climbed in the space of 26.4 km. This is quite a steady climb, with a great surface and an average gradient of 5% keeping you company as you wind yourself up the mountain. (pictures)
The first 6km of climbing up to Albuñol is a relaxed gradient. Make sure to top up on water and food here, as it is the last chance before reaching the top of the climb. The climb proper starts in Albuñol, as the grade kicks up from 3%, to between 5-15%. From Albuñol to the top, you might not meet a single car for those 20 km. (pictures )
As stunning views pass by, you are rewarded for your efforts with a short 500m downhill at 19 km, helping recover for the final 6.5 km. These last 6.5 kilometers are the hardest of the climb. Looking out from the road is inevitably breathtaking, as the views down the mountain and out onto the Mediterranean sea are not soon forgotten. On a clear day you can even see Africa's Atlas mountains.
(pictures of views/ hairpins w/ relating captions)
As you reach the end of the climb,a well-earned stop in Restaurante Haza del Lino is a must, sitting in the sun trying to take in as much of the scenery as possible. ( picture of cafe+ views)
While La Rábita has a range of bars, shops, restaurants and cafes, riders generally bypass the town on their way up towards Haza del Lino.
Albuñol is a lovely place to stop for a coffee, refill your bottles, and enjoy a pastry, with multiple shops, bakeries, bars and restaurants to choose from.
At the top of the climb, Restaurante Haza del Lino awaits the riders who have made their way up. Tapas, sandwiches and coffees are all freshly prepared here. As you let your legs rest and, soak in the sun, you can give some thought as to which of the many long descents you want to cruise back down towards sea-level on.