Each of the three stages of the Andorra 21 Ports starts and finishes in the Central Park of Andorra la Vieja. To start stage 1, athletes will have to leave the Central Park in the direction of France and the Envalira Pass (Special Category – 2400m). The low gradients allow this to be a relatively comfortable climb, cyclists will pass through the Envalira tunnel towards the House, leaving the tunnel will climb the port of Envalira, at the head of the port will find one of the refreshment stations, which as in all stages its quality refreshments. From here you will start the long descent that will take you to Encamp. The Tour de France, the Vuelta a España and the Vuelta in Catalonia have all ridden this section on multiple occasions, including the ascent of the Port d’Envalira. Alejandro Valverde, Richard Virenque and Federico Bahamontes are some of the best known professional cyclists who led a stage on this iconic pass. Cycling enthusiasts need to know: during the 1964 Tour de France ascent of the Col d’Envalira, Jacques Anquetil suffered a major defeat in one of the greatest duels in history against Raymond Poulidor. From seeds, the ascent to the Cortals de Encamp pass (Category 1 – 2083m) begins. Halfway down the pass, we will take the Sterratto section to the Engolasters Lake area, from where the circuit descends a few kilometers before the last challenge of the day, the Alto de la Comella (Category 2 – 1347m). This climb has a steady gradient and will offer no unpleasant surprises, allowing riders to adapt and pick up their pace. Once the summit is reached, the athletes will descend to reach Andorra la Vieja and put the finishing point on the first stage in the Central Park.
Port d’Envalira (26km / 1345m elevation / 5,2%)
Port dels Cortals d’Encamp (8,9km / 754m elevation / 8,5%)
Stage 2 sets riders off from the capital, taking a turn at Pueblo de Encamp where they will ascend the Collada de Beixalís (Category 1 – 1796m) where the steepest paved kilometre of the Andorran road network (more than 12% gradient in average) can be found. This climb, which is also part of La Vuelta, offers spectacular views of Encamp. After descending in the direction of Ordino, riders will start the mythical ascent to La Coma d’Arcalís ( Category 1 – 2229m), probably the best known cycling climb of the microstate, having featured numerous times in the Tour de France, La Vuelta and Volta a Catalunya. The first 6km if the ascent is relatively flat, before presenting a few steeper gradients. On approaching the last mountain riders will descend to Ordino again and in the direction of La Massana and Erts. It is here that the last ascent of the day, the Coll de Cabús (Category 1 – 2302m), will begin. This is one of the longer climbs with several changes in gradient. After passing the midway point of the climb, which is the most challenging, riders can enjoy stunning views ahead of the descent to La Massana, entering the Tunnel Dos Valires and bringing the race to a rewarding close in Parc Central.
Collada de Beixalís (6,6km / 556 elevation / 8,4%)
Alt de la Coma d’Arcalís (10,5km / 724m elevation / 6,9%)
In the third stage, the cyclists will leave the Central Park towards France until the traffic circle of the Dos Valires tunnel to cross it and reach the idyllic village of Ordino. It will be the moment to face the Coll de Ordino (Category 1 – 1980m), a pass always included in the Andorran Championships of Contrarrellotge. The first part of this pass is where we will have to grit our teeth because the slopes are steeper, from the middle of the pass up the slope subsides and we will be able to climb more comfortably. After overcoming the challenging climb, the cyclists will pedal to Canillo. In the direction of San Julià de Lòria the next challenge awaits them, the Coll de la Peguera (Category 1 – 1821m). Considered a category 1 pass, due to its difficulty considering both the distance and the altitude. The circuit will allow them to catch some air with the descent to San Julià de Lòria and then face the Coll de la Gallina (Special Category – 1910m). Even in Andorra, it is a unique pass, in fact, the figures speak for themselves: more than 1000m of positive ascent in 12 km, at 8% and ramps of up to 16%. This relentless climb seems to get harder with every meter. After this last climb, the finish of stage 2 in Andorra la Vieja (Central Park) will be one of the most memorable and eagerly awaited.