Playground of the pros: why Andorra is now the must-go destination for mountain challenges

Move aside Majorca and the French Alps, Andorra is now the must-go-to place for all cyclists craving mountain challenges 

Chris Marshall-Bell (Daniel Gould)

Cycling is going through a generational change. Elite-level racing is being dominated by young riders belying their age, and comparatively minimal experience, and many of them are choosing to live in a country where few had ever even been just a decade ago: the Principality of Andorra.

Sandwiched between France and Spain in the magnificent Pyrenees, the country – at 468 square kilometres, just marginally bigger than the Isle of Wight – packs in 21 cols and mountain passes, ranging from 6.1km long to 35km. 

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