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Roque de los Muchachos Canary Islands Spain

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Today we’re chasing volcanoes on the stunningly beautiful island of La Palma in the Canary Islands. From sea level to 2,426m elevation there’s no doubt that Roque de los Muchachos is an absolute monster! Not only is it the highest road in the whole of the Canary Islands but with 2,590m elevation gain it out trumps even the most prestigious European climbs. Tourmalet, Ventoux and Stelvio step aside, it’s time for Muchachos!

This was my first time to La Palma and what a climb to start with! At 41.8 km in length this was by far the longest (and highest) climb that I’ve filmed on my own, with many moments when I questioned if I’d make it to the top. However, Muchachos has a unique allure that keeps you wanting to find out more, and when the sight of the observatory came into view the effort turned to relief, intrigue and joy.

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Stay tuned for more from La Palma, spoiler alert, what we’ve got coming up is nothing short of bonkers!

Until the next time, ride safe!

Mike

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41.8km

Length of climb

0m

Start elevation

2,426m

Summit elevation

2,590m

Elevation gain

4.8%

Gradient (avg)

12%

Gradient (max)

34X34

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