10 climbs from around the world you haven't heard of

We take a look at 10 huge cycling climbs from around the world (with a little help from Strava) that you might not know too much about...

Hair-pin heaven. Credit: Tristan Taussac, Flickr
Hair-pin heaven. Credit: Tristan Taussac, Flickr
(Image credit: Tristan Taussac, Flickr)

1. Colombia - Alto de Letras, 79.9km, 4% avg. grade

The Letras allegedly holds the dubious honour of being the longest cycling climb in the world, with the Strava segment for the climb rounding off at a whopping 80km at an average gradient of 4%. By the time you've reached the top of the Colombian climb you'll be sitting at almost 3,700m altitude, which might be another reason why you're breathing so heavily.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).