“We actually went to this area by coincidence. We had it recommended to us by another bikerider from Madrid”– Rasmus Rask Vendelbjerg
The tough Navacerrada-climb is the most ridden in the history of the Vuelta – Located in the middle of Castile.
The area’s hayday is long overdue, cycling-wise aswell, where most people will be drawn towards Allicante, Mallorca or Girona.
But the plateau north of Madrid – where “0” starts about 1000m above sea level – presents an amazing terrain and a remarkable isolated atmosphere, that is impossible to find anywhere else in southern Europe.
Wild natureparks, over 100km without meeting a single person, but thousands of sheep in northern-esque surrondings is the experience of the Navacerrada-climb.
Tough climbs with rough tarmac, dry and sparsely populated mountains and plain only interrupted by giant windmills and picturesque villages completely emptied of people.
Many absurd and breathtaking experiences – but the most striking was the wild isolation. It is simply a completely desolate area where even the cities seem ghostly. A part of Spain that seems to have completely stalled. Small, local epicenter – among others in the town of Riaza, where we happened to ‘run into’ a bull run. Very Spanish!
Original text: Rasmus Rask Vendelbjerg
Photo: Rasmus Rask Vendelbjerg & Simon Baungaard