Girona was good then; lovely city (really great places to refuel after a ride / get breakfast before) and pro spotting is unreal. I did enjoy the rides we did but really nowhere near as good as Mallorca. It got me thinking about good climbs; I did Rocacorba (https://www.strava.com/segments/616746) which is like the main “training” climb in the area. The view at the top was really fucking good:
but the actual climb itself was unremarkable. You don’t get any views on the way up or down (it’s all covered with trees mainly and the small glimpses of below you do get aren’t worth noting, and you can’t see the coming hairpins like other climbs), and the road surface ain’t great, it’s pretty cracked in places. It’s also not particularly steady, it begins petty shallow and then ramps to 10-11% for a few kms then backs off, then gets steeper again meaning any rhythm I got into was quickly ruined. Comparing it to Sa Calobra (the only other major climb I’ve done), there’s no comparison.
I’m not good at climbing at all but now I’ve done a couple of hour efforts I can probably do better ones – what should be on my list for having great views on the way up / down, or what roads are amazing feats of engineering with a steady gradient?