Pastra, Bulgaria

The Rila is a col with a length of 14.2 kilometer. This is a highest category (HC) col. It is located in Pastra, Kyustendil, Bulgaria. The average grade of this col is 11.6% with a maximum of 15.5%. The Rila ascents from 741 meter at the start, to 2.406 meter at the top, with a total of 1.665 ascending meters.


Rila Profile


Distance 14.2 km
Elevation gain 1665 m
Average grade 11.6 %
Maximum grade 15.5 %
Climb category HC
Minimum elevation 741 m
Maximum elevation 2406 m

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Endpoint: Pastra to the plateau
The service road of the Kalin and Karagyol reservoirs is suitable for MTB only as it is paved with old uneven concrete blocks.

The beautiful mountain region of Bulgaria, Rila, is home to the climb that ranks high in the world’s difficulty list. Starting in Rila in Pazardzhik, the route continues for 14.2 kilometres from a height of 750 metres to 2400 metres at the top point in Pastra. This Balkan brute averages nearly 12 percent and ramps up to 20 percent as you work your way up to its sharp granite pinnacle.

The surrounding scenery is glorious, so it’s a shame riders can’t look at much else other than their handlebars while gasping for air.