The Rucar-Bran Pass is one of the 5 top road cycling climbs in Romania, taking riders through the beautiful Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania. The route starts at Bran Castle, home of the legendary Vlad the Impaler of Dracula fame, and climbs to a high point overlooking Rucar, descending on tight and technical hairpin switchbacks. Care should be taken on the descents.
1. There’s not a whole lot of route descriptions required here. In effect, head out of Bran on the DN73 road towards Rucăr. Climbing begins gradually, but steep ends after about 3km.
2. The high point is reached at approximately 16.5km, when the road then sweeps down through hairpin bends towards Rucăr.
3. At Rucăr take a coffee before returning over the classic climb, back to Bran and some Transylvania history.
This is a route into the high mountains, so take the right kit for your bike and for you, including a weatherproof jacket for changes in temperature. The road is busy at weekends, so take care with other road users and cars.