5 of the most difficult & beautiful cycling climbs in Romania

Cycling is one of my biggest passions and actually the first sport I started practicing when I was just a kid. I love a good climb and thankfully, here in Romania, we do have more than a couple of epic and tough climbs that will leave even a trained cyclist gasping for (more) air. Here are five of the most difficult and beautiful road cycling climbs in Romania.

The Transfagarasan, Sibiu, Transylvania

The Transfagarasan Road, Transylvania, Romania. Foto credit: www.martin-adventures.com/road-cycling

Quite possibly the most popular road in this part of the world, the Transfagarasan was named the best road for driving in the world by Top Gear, back when they still had a show. Of course, the road is just as spectacular for cycling or even more so. Check out the stats below:

KEY STATS

  • Average grade: 5.2 %
  • Length: 29.39 km
  • Height start: 493 m
  • Height top: 2040 m
  • Ascent: 2040 m

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The Transalpina, Alba, Transylvania

Transalpina Road, Transylvania, Romania. Foto credit: www.martin-adventures.com/road-cycling

Right next to Transfagarasan you find this beauty: the Transalpina or “The Kings Road”, the highest road in Romania, reaching a height of 2.145 meters. Prepare for some staggering 23% climbs along the way. That’s going to hurt…

KEY STATS

  • Average grade: 6 %
  • Length: 28 km
  • Height start: 465 m
  • Height top: 2145 m
  • Ascent: 1680 m
  • Maximum: 23 %

GPS TRACKS & MORE INFO

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Transbucegi, Prahova, Romania

Transbucegi Road, Transylvania, Romania. Foto credit: www.transbucegi.ro

Ok, the next climb on the list is the Transbucegi. If you haven’t yet figured it out, “trans” means “through” or “over” in Latin, a language Romanian is closely related to. So, yeah, this road goes over the Bucegi Mountains and is actually located in the middle of the Bucegi National Park. As a bonus, in the end you reach the Bucegi Mountains Plateau and from there you can trek to Omu Peak (2.505 meters), the 9th tallest peak in Romania.

KEY STATS

  • Average grade: 5.4 %
  • Length: 31.21 km
  • Height start: 770 m
  • Height top: 2473 m
  • Ascent: 1703 m

GPS TRACKS & MORE INFO

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Paltinis, Sibiu, Transylvania

Paltinis, Transylvania, Romania. Photo credit: www.velocafe.ro

This classic Romanian climb always find its way in the Sibiu Cycling Tour. You can start the climb in Sibiu but there are also other good options. The destination is Paltinis, the highest resort in Romania with a height of 1.440 meters.

KEY STATS

  • Average grade: 3.4 %
  • Length: 30 km
  • Height start: 401 m
  • Height top: 1440 m
  • Ascent: 1039 m

GPS TRACKS & OTHER INFO

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Muntele Mic, Tarcu Mountains, Romania

Muntele Mic, Transylvania, Romania. Photo Credit: turism.bzi.ro

One of the least known but beautiful climbs in Romania will take you through narrow and winding roads up to 1.683 meters in altitude. The last 18 kilometers have an average of 6% incline and 18 succesive, tight bends.

KEY STATS

  • Average grade: 5 %
  • Length: 27.5 km
  • Height start: 373 m
  • Height top: 1673 m
  • Ascent: 1300 m

GPS TRACKS & MORE INFO

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These are my favorite though climbs in Romania. I’m curious to find out what are your favorite climbs all over the world. Please share your comments below and subscribe for more articles.


Silviu Martin is a founder and guide at Martin Adventures, a provider of small group cycling and trekking trips in Transylvania, Romania. Originally published at www.martin-adventures.com.

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