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 the 5 most difficult and beautiful road cycling climbs in Romania.
1. The Transfagarasan, Sibiu, Transylvania
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. Check out the stats below.
Average grade: 5.2 %
Length: 29.39 km
Height start: 493 m
Height top: 2040 m
Ascent: 2040 m
2. The Transalpina, Alba, Transylvania
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...
Average grade: 6 %
Length: 28 km
Height start: 465 m
Height top: 2145 m
Ascent: 1680 m
Maximum: 23 %
3. Transbucegi, Prahova, Romania
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.
Average grade: 5.4 %
Length: 31.21 km
Height start: 770 m
Height top: 2473 m
Ascent: 1703 m
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4. Paltinis, Sibiu, Transylvania
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.
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Average grade: 3.4 %
Length: 30 km
Height start: 401 m
Height top: 1440 m
Ascent: 1039 m
5. Muntele Mic, Tarcu Mountains, Romania
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.
Average grade: 5 %
Length: 27.5 km
Height start: 373 m
Height top: 1673 m
Ascent: 1300 m
These are my favorite though climbs in Romania. Let me know in the comments below what are your favorite climbs all over the world. If you enjoyed this article subscribe to our newsletter to receive more.