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© Chris Gregory 2007-2009

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Welcome to Lecrin Valley Cycling - everything you need to know about cycling in the Lecrin Valley area.

The Lecrin Valley is situated 30km south of Granada, Spain and is a wonderful area for the serious cyclist, both on-road and off-road. The scenery is spectacular, the roads are quiet and the sun is usually shining! Show location in Multimap.

Iíd like to share some of my favourite rides with you and hope youíll come and explore the area for yourself. Iím based in the village of Albunuelas (which is situated at an altitude of 700 metres) and the routes start there. If you are staying elsewhere you can of course join the routes at any point.

So what is the cycling like? Well, in a couple words, very hilly. This is a mountainous area and apart from the roads near the coast there are few flat roads. There are two roads into Abunuelas and both have steep climbs - from the East there is a climb of 3km averaging 10% with sections of 20%, and two smaller climbs when approaching from the North.

To the east of the Lecrin Valley lies the area of the Alpujarras with climbs up to several pretty villages including Pampaneira, Capileira and Bubion. Futher along the valley lies the village of Trevelez, at a height of 1486 metres the town is the highest recognised municipality in Spain.

To the North lies Granada and routes up to the ski resort of Sierra Nevada at 2200m.

In addition to cycling on road there is ample opportunity to venture off-road into the hills. The hills are a mixture of pine forests and cultivated land (olives, almonds, citrus fruits) and there is a huge network of tracks which allow the farmers to reach their land. In the immediate vicinity of Albunuelas it is possible to cycle to the peaks of Herrero at 1503m and Giralda at 1430m (Both higher than Ben Nevis, Britainís highest peak).There are fantastic views here - the coast (30km away) can be seen on a clear day from Herrero and also from numerous other places in the hills.

Each ride includes details of the total distance, ride time and total ascent as well as a map of the route and an altitude profile. Mountain bike routes also show the altitude of the highest point reached.

For each route there is also a GPS data file provided. You can download this to a handheld GPS and use it to navigate the route. You can also use this file to plot more detailed maps. See the GPS page for more details on how to do this.

Happy cycling!

Chris

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