The most easterly highlight in the region is the Venta del Chaleco, a long, rhythm-disrupting, extremely scenic climb from the Benínar Reservoir up to the no-man's-land between the Sierra Nevada and the Mediterranean. Exceptionally, and to take some of the sting out of the ride, we do the first 30 kms, which we've done before, by bus transfer. If you prefer not to do that, you can look forward to 180 kms with 3,000 m elevation gain. As far as Adra we follow the almost traffic-free coast road, enjoying our last, continuous views of the sea. Over to the left, the sierras soar high into the heavens, giving us a taste of what's to come. In Adra we turn to ride against the direction of the Rio Grande and work our way up. A small climb, the Caseta Cintas, separates us from the Benínar Reservoir. We delight in the isolation, the fine road surface, the characteristic boundary stones and the scenery, so close to the sea yet so bare. At the three pines we head downhill again, with wonderful views of the reservoir, where the climb to the Venta del Chaleco gets under way. A glorious ascent which, not by chance, has been immortalised with a superb photo in the 2017 Epic Climbs calendar
. At the cheese outlet which gives this place its name we have reached the main high point, and we now follow the undulating road with marvellous views over to the Sierra Nevada on our right and the sea on our left! So that's another quick spin through Andalusia, bringing a fabulous mountain training week to a worthy close.