A brutally steep road to Cumbre del Sol
Cumbre del Sol is a mountain peak at an elevation of 413m (1,354ft) above the sea level, located in the heart of the Costa Blanca in the municipality of Benitachell, set in the north of the province of Alicante, in Spain. The climb is terrible, with a steepest section at 19%.
The road to the summit, also known as Puig de la Llorença, is asphalted. The road is in good condition throughout. There is little traffic on this climb. The ascent is 4.1km long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 350. Totalling 4.1 kilometres at 8.8%, the 19% section is now halfway, while the last kilometres rises at 10%. The climb has been featured in the Spanish Vuelta race. The gradient is consistently steep and there are numerous sections which are over 15%, with one sustained pitch at 18%. At the summit there are several communication towers. The views from the top section are phenomenal.
Pic: Gareth Reese