La Ruta Minera Sportive
La Ruta Minera Sportive 2014
Stepping outside the known and trying something new is good for the soul and the ‘La Ruta Minera Sportive’ to be held in Catalan Spain, might be a real alternative to the more established organised rides available.
J.Pons Tot-Bici Cycling Club, located in Barcelona, host the La Ruta Minera cyclosportive in Berga, a town located 110km North of Barcelona, 90km from Andorra and 50km from France.
To be held on July 20th. The length is 166km and it has an accumulated gradient of 4.150m. The Ruta Minera will be one of the toughest Spanish Cyclosportive and the organisers have great ambitions to make the sportive a high profile international event.
The route crosses through the Catalan Pre-Pyrenees, characterised by the presence of medium and high mountain passes, with a height range between 1.000 and 1.800m. J.Pons Tot-Bici CC say that they “have chosen the most beautiful and peaceful roads in order to allow everybody to enjoy the landscape and complete this big cycling challenge.”
The highlight of the La Ruta Minera Sportive is the climb of the coll de Pradell, unknown to many cyclists despite being one of the three toughest Catalonian mountain passes, together with Mont Caro and Turó de l’Home.
The coll de Pradell is located at 1.732m, with 1.029m altitude difference from the start. The length vary·between 15km and 21km, depending on the chosen side. As the main difficulty has a 400m section where the asphalt becomes concrete and it has a maximum slope of 23%.
In common with the Paris Roubaix and Liege Bastogne Liege races and sportives the La Ruta Minera Sportive follows a route that passes through the municipalities that were linked to mining activity in the past. The coll de Pradell is located in the epicenter of the mining of the Berguedà region, as it is located in the municipalities of Guardiola Berguedà, Cercs, Fígols, Vallcebre and Saldes. The La Ruta Minera is and in the organisers own words; ” a humble tribute to the men and women who suffered and fought to improve their living in the Alt Berguedà mines for over a hundred years.”