Romania & The Transalpina

Larisa Chinces, deputy editor

Another superb climbing route by Larisa Chinces, close to historic Sibiu in Transylvania, this route takes in the famous Transalpina road, with its epic twists and turns, testing the very best of climbers.

The Transalpina or DN67C located in the Parâng Mountains group, in the Southern Carpathians of Romania, is one of the highest roads of the Carpathian Mountains. It connects Novaci, south of Parâng Mountains, to Sebeş in the north.

The route is an epic challange for all cyclists and takes you high into the mountains of Transylvania. Nearby historic Sibiu is also one of the most beautiful medieval cities in Europe, making this a bike trip to remember.

Distance and ascent: 37 km and 1133 metres elevation reached


1. This is a steep and classic climb, so we’ve done it just at the base of the 67C road. However, if you’d like to  extend it from elsewhere, then go ahead, as the riding around these roads is superb.

2. From the base of the 67C, simply head uphill and keep riding through the forested hills until it gets really steep – then you’ll hit the switchbacks at 3.5km and the hard work really begins.

3. This classic Transylvania cycle route ends at 19km, when you can enjoy the view before an epic descent. Take care descending on the steep and sharp hairpins.

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