elevation: 775m gradient: 5.8% distance: 7.5km
Ermita Sant Esteve (from Ontinyent)
Having only been recently paved, it's not as well known as other climbs but that will change as soon as the Volta or Vuelta choose to use it for a summit finish. From the junction it appears as a relatively benign 4.5km and 7.5%. However, with a 3km section averaging 10% of which 800m is over 13%, it is not to be taken lightly. The rewards are worth the effort though, as the panoramic views of Ontinyent and the Vall d'Albaida from the Hermitage are simply unparalleled.