Vallter 2000

Setcases, Spain

The Vallter 2000 is a col with a length of 11.4 kilometer. This is a highest category (HC) col. It is located in Setcases, CT, Spain. The average grade of this col is 7.4% with a maximum of 11.6%. The Vallter 2000 ascents from 1.292 meter at the start, to 2.144 meter at the top, with a total of 851 ascending meters.

Profile

Vallter 2000 Profile

Facts

Distance 11.4 km
Elevation gain 851 m
Average grade 7.4 %
Maximum grade 11.6 %
Climb category HC
Minimum elevation 1292 m
Maximum elevation 2144 m

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Description

The highest climb in the Catalonia region, Vallter 2000 will be familiar to cycling fans with both Nairo Quintana and Tejay van Garderen climbing to victory on the 11.4 km climb at the Volta a Catalunya in recent years.

At 2144m, Vallter 2000 is the highest of only four climbs that top 2000m in the region making it the king of Catalonia. Although there aren’t any really steep double-digit pitches the average gradient of 7.4% speaks for itself, rarely gifting you any respite.

In March 2013, for the first time, Vallter 2000 hosted the third stage of the Tour of Catalonia. Nairo Quintana won at the top ahead of Alejandro Valverde who became the leader of the race. A year later, in March 2014, still, on the Tour of Catalonia, the American Tejay van Garderen won the fourth stage arriving at Vallter 2000-Setcases, in thick fog, ahead of Romain Bardet, a few seconds ahead of the group of the main favorites among whom Alberto Contador, Joaquim Rodríguez wearing the leader jersey, Nairo Quintana, Andrew Talansky and Christopher Froome.

In 2018 the Volta a Catalunya stage 3 route was radically changed. Given the real risk of avalanches on the way to Vallter 2000 and because of the strong wind that was forecasted, the finish line was set in Camprodon.


- Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 2013 - Stage 3
- Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 2014 - Stage 4
- Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 2018 - Stage 3 (canceled)
- Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 2019 - Stage 3
- Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 2021 - Stage 3