Starting in the the ironically named village of La Guapa (The Pretty One). Ironic as the village is far from pretty, but as you climb the view improves a lot. This route up to Haza del Lino is an unforgiving one, averaging a gradient of 7% for almost 17km. The first couple of kilometers are quite steep, but as you leave The Pretty One behind the gradient eases and the views improve.
While the gradients are indeed hard on the legs, the recently resurfaced road is sure to help the rider as they cycle along the ridge of the mountain, with stunning, unobscured views onto the Alboran Sea another positive to this difficult climb.