EL ANGLIRU - 1570 m
Start. La Vega
Access. Oviedo - direction Mieres - La Vega
Before leaving home, I had some doubts about the cassette. I didn't know wheter to put a third plate or keep on my 39x28, but I must thank my friend He-Man. At the end, I took some risks with my 39x28 to reach the top. It's a climb made for tourism, it's made to enjoy. I don't feel like it's a mountain for racing, it crosses the human limits. I affirm that giving your best from the bottom is a suicide.
Below you see Viapara, the area that divides the climb. From now on, the hell
The climb starts 'softly', with sections between 6-9% during 5-6km, but after the Viapara area, it gets stepper and stepper, just when arriving to Cobayos, the first 20% section.
Juanky starting Cobayos, first section at 20%...innocent
Central part of the climb is up to 10% always..but when Cueña les Cabres comes, the fear appears. It's another chapter. My advise is to get there with as much energy as possible. If you get there tired, you'll put your feet on the ground. Believe me, I'm not thin, but I'm not bad climbing, and that's not the steppest, but the hardest section I've ever done, according to its distance and average gradient. I won't give anyone recomendations on the cassette. For me, a 39x28 was enough, but when climbing, it seems your bike is going to break into pieces.
Don't turn your head before starting. The visual impact is amazing
With all this done, the climb is not ovr, there's up to 1km left and we have steep sections still to come, close to 20% but shorter. Certainly, it's a nice climb, maybe, one of the best I've done. I put it in a podium, with Mortirolo, Stelvio, Galibier or Alpe d'Huez. We must congratulate the local authorities, who have designed a temple for the cyclists where there was nothing. Just one last thing, the weather. If it rains, it's almost impossible to reach the top without putting your feet on the ground. If it's a foggy day, it'll be reaaly funny, and if it's sunny, you'll enjoy a fantastic landscape which we could've never seen on TV. It's an attractive climb, no matter if we feel pain or respect before starting our ride.