My homework suggested that Monachil was the best location to begin my climb up the Pico de Veleta. Firstly, we didn't fancy spending unnecessary time searching for a starting point through Granada's busy and unfamiliar streets; and secondly, the route from Monachil, via El Purch, with its rugged, rust-colored slopes, looked spectacularly remote.
A further five kilometers of steady climbing takes you to the old Sierra Nevada road at El Dornajo, its cafe providing one of the few opportunities to reinvigorate your desire to go on. A further 11 kilometres up the road is the Soy y Nieve ski resort, which at more than 2,100 metres makes it a hors category climb (from either Monachil or Granada) in itself. This would be well enough to satisfy the most hardened cycling enthusiasts.