ARCALÍS - 2240 m
Access. Andorra - La Massana - Ordino
This is the second climb in Andorra in terms of heigh, but despite of that, it's not too tough. In the middle part, there's a steep section, just after a small town called El Serrat, at 10%, but getting there is not much complicated. After El Serrat, the road has a significant gradient, up to 7%.
Tunnel at 5km / Luisito&Javi near the top
But 4km later, it appears a dark tunnel where, at 2000m, we start some 180º bends which make the climb easier, with an average that never reaches 6%.
The big symbol of the mountain in the final km
Talking about the cassette, I recommend a 23 to cross El Serrat...but apart from that, a 39x21 is enough to get the summit where Jan Ullrich built his success in Tour '97.
Diego at the finish line / On the top with David