Ruta del Sol 2022 Route stage 2: Archidona - Alcalá la Real

Ruta del Sol 2022 stage 2Thursday 17 February - Stage 2 of the Ruta del Sol takes in 150.6 kilometres and crosses a series of mountain passes. The finale is a punchy climb to a ruined castle overlooking Alcalá la Real.

The five climbs that the riders tackle on the road from Archidona to Alcalá la Real are not the hardest climbs in the world, but obviously, they’ll add to the fatigue. After four uphill tests the Puerto del Castillo presents the last classified challenge. The 5.7 kilometres long climb averages 4.6%. The riders reach the summit 8 kilometres before the finish line, while the ensuing downhill coincides with the base of the punchy climb to the Fortaleza de la Mota.

The fortress is perched on a hill overlooking the town. The ascent to the ruined 13th century fortress is 3.4 kilometres long and rises at 6.3%. Which is an average gradient – the road gets steeper near the finish line. The last kilometre climbs at a shopping 11.5%.

Last year’s 2nd stage finishes at exactly the same spot and Ethan Hayter crossed the line celebrating. The young Briton won the race solo, 7 seconds ahead of Miguel Ángel López, while the rest of the field was scattered all over the flanks of the castle climb.

Ride the route yourself? Download GPX stage 2.

Another interesting read: results 2nd stage 2022 Ruta del Sol.

Ruta del Sol 2022 – stage 2: route, profile, more

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