The Monte Aloia south face is the hardest of all sides of Galicia’s mythical mountain. It has six different ascents, and the south face from Tui can be brutal. To the very top, the Chapel of San Julian, is a climb of just under 600m in 7km. However, with a 500m false flat, and the last km at a “gentle” 6%, it is a tough climb. Also,being south facing, the sun is a constant during the climb.
The climb is found by exiting the PO340 leaving Tui. Turn right following the signs to Monte Aloya, and cross over the motorway.Here the climb starts , and immediately hits 10%, passing the sport’s complex at Macoca. After a false flat of 500m, we ramp up again as we pass the cemetery in Frinxo, and pass through the village itself. Ramps of 10% are mixed with small flats in the village square.
The exit of the village is almost half way, and this is the toughest section. Km 3,4 and 5 average 10%+, and the climb snakes through the trees, through hairpins and past the fountain and visitor centre. Although tough, the gradient is constant, until the water fountain at 5km. The last km is a gentle 6%, and affords wonderful views across to Portugal. The summit is the Chapel of St Julian, and a well earned prayer. This climb will feature in every bespoke cycling tour from Cycling Galicia.