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All cycling funs can name some of the most famous climbs of the greatest cycling races: Alpe d'Huez in the French Alps; Passo dello Stelvio; Mont Ventux… These are the most exciting stages and the top athletes compete to gain time advantage. Thousands of funs wait at these sections to watch closely the heroes of cycling sport. Some of thseroads have series of hairpin turns climbing up and down the mountainsides.
A hairpin turn is a curve with a very acute inner angle, making it necessary for a bike to turn almost 180°. They are built when a road ascends or descends a steep slope. These bends, also known switchbacks, are named hairpin turns because their similarity to a hairpin/bobby pin.
Crete, an island with very high mountains has many great climbs; some of them follow a collection of never ending turns that can be compared to some of the most beautiful stages of “Tour de France” or “Giro d’Italia”.
Here’s the list of the most hairpinned roads of Crete:
|Distance Km|| Hairpin turns||Highest point|| Total climb|| Τerrain|| Αrea|| Link|
|Kapsodasos - Kallikratis||9,13km||30||738m||738m||road||Lefka Ori||read more|
|Kavousi - Thripti||23,2km||49||1447m||1559m||Mtb||Thripti mountain|
|Koudoumas - Kofinas||12,77km||29||1054m||1043m||mtb||Asterousia mountains|
| Libadas - Koustgerako ||15km||35||1272m||1211m||mtb||Lefka Ori|
| Kouroutes - Toumpotos Prinos ||11,8km||34||1516m||986m||mtb||Psiloritis|
| Simi - Omalos Viannou ||7,5km||31||1264m||470m||mtb||Dikti mountain|
| Rodakino - Kryoneritis ||10,31km||28||1052m||923m||mtb||Kryoneritis mountain|
| Lochria - Psiloritis ||10km||25||1866m||1301m||mtb||Psiloritis|
| Gergeri - Diplori ||14,64km||24||1322m||1018m||road||Psiloritis mountains|
| Sternes - Kofinas ||8,5km||24||1020m||720m||mtb||Asterousia mountains|
| Ai Giannis - Kapetaniana ||7,7km||23||820m||820m||mtb||Asterousia mountains|
| Tsoutsouras - Achentria ||9,7km||23||708m||703m||mtb||Asterousia mountains|
| Asi Gonia ||13,88km||22||824m||718m||road||Lefka Ori|
| Vistagi ||6,7km||22||1102m||618m||mtb||Psiloritis|
| Sfakia - Ai Giannis ||18,6km||20||790m||842m||road||Lefka Ori|
| Xerokampos - Ziros ||13,61km||19||685m||705m||road||Sitiaka Ori|
| Fournes - Zourva ||12,2km||19||824m||629m||road||Lefka Ori|
| Amigdalokefali ||8,1km||19||543m||542m||road||West Crete|
| Treis Ekklisies ||5,8km||19||526m||523m||road||Asterousia mountains|
| Tourloti - Monokara ||6,5km||18||752m||437m||mtb||Orno mountain|
| Sfakia - Imbros ||16,2km||16||765m||775m||road||Lefka Ori|
| Loukia - Kapetaniana ||9,64km||14||829m||628m||road||Asterousia mountainsi|
Attention: after every ascent you must return back to the starting point. No matter how exciting and fast is the descent you must be focused on the trail and do not exceed your limits. Accidents happen at the easy part of the route, when you return back and you are tired.