Gazi, Greece

The Skinakas is a col with a length of 45.4 kilometer. This is a highest category (HC) col. It is located in Gazi, Crete, Greece. The average grade of this col is 4.3% with a maximum of 8.8%. The Skinakas ascents from 66 meter at the start, to 1.745 meter at the top, with a total of 1.716 ascending meters.


Skinakas Profile


Distance 45.4 km
Elevation gain 1716 m
Average grade 4.3 %
Maximum grade 8.8 %
Climb category HC
Minimum elevation 66 m
Maximum elevation 1745 m

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At an elevation of 1.752 meters above the sea level the road to Skinakas peak is the highest paved road you can ride with a bike in Crete. The total uphill starting from Gazi (Heraklion) is 1952 meters (there are and some short downhill sections). With a distance of 45,5 kilometers it is also the longest climb of Crete. The whole route with all the serpentine twists and turns in combination with the scenic landscape and the picturesque villages confirms that this is one of the best road routes in Crete.

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