the Pico del veleta - 3,398m


CLIMB DATA - PICO DEL VELETA

  • CLIMB CATEGORY - hc

  • Length of climb - 42.2km

  • Summit elevation - 3,398M

  • Start elevation - 838M

  • Elevation gain - 2,560M

  • Gradient (avg) - 6%

Veleta ("Weather vane") or Pico del Veleta is the third highest peak of the Iberian peninsula and the second highest in the Sierra Nevada. Its height is given variously as 3,394 metres (11,135 ft),[1] 3,396 metres (11,142 ft)[2] and 3,398 metres (11,148 ft).[3]

According to the award-winning Mountain High: Europe's Greatest Cycling Climbs, by Daniel Friebe and Pete Goding, the Pico de Veleta "is taller and tougher than anything on the Tour de France [but] lacks in kudos what it offers in elevation precisely because of its height... it is, more simply put, too high. Too high for year-round access and too high, perhaps most to the point, to join the upper crust of professional cycling's most noble mountains".