The Picos is a fantastic area to visit. Thank you to Marmot Tours for finding a new area for us to explore.... quiet traffic free good quality roads, great views, and a demanding week of cycling made even better by the weather. The climb up the Angliru was almost a challenge too far but we made it, only had to get off and walk 3 times!!
Asturias is home to some of the most challenging climbs of the Vuelta. It is also a fantastic place to ride a bike, with good tarmac, quiet roads and spectacular views. This short break has been put together to showcase what the area has to offer…..
The gradients are such that it is definitely a challenging itinerary, but the constant changing scenery will keep you motivated and inspired. During the rides you will experience deep gorges, open pastures, isolated villages and gnarly forests.
When you look at the gradients, it is no surprise that Asturias has produced some of the top climbers on professional cycling (Jose Manuel Fuente, Jesus Suarez Cueva, Samuel Sanchez (Olympic champion), Santi Perez, Chechu Rubiera and Daniel Navarro – to name just a few!) Come and explore their playground…
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Departure Dates & Prices
Day 1: Puerto de la Cubilla & Puerto Pajeres N (105km with 2650m ascent)
Assemble bikes this morning, enjoying the view of mountains to be conquered today! The Puerto de La Cubilla (1683m) is a good way to start your Asturian adventure; The climb is just shy of 30kms long and the gradients are generally kind. As you climb out of the valley on this virtually traffic free road, you encounter an amazing array of vistas, ending in serene pastureland. The reward for your efforts is the descent back down to the hotel, where you can justifiably retire gracefully. For those wanting a bit more, the western flanks of the Puerto Pajares (1378m) will certainly leave you feeling exercised! The gradients reach 14% and there is a nasty 17% section towards the top!
Day 2: Angliru and Cobertoria (112km with 3400m ascent)
The Alto de l’Angliru (1570m) is a climb that rivals Alp d’Huez and Mortirolo as one of the most demanding in professional cycling. The main ascent is only 7 kms, but it has an average gradient of 14% and an extended section of 24% – ouch! In order to get to the Angliru you must first endure the Alto de El Cordal (789m) which serves as a good ‘warm up’. From here we continue West into the Trubia valley to take on the Western side of the Alto de la Cobertoria (1173m)
Day 3: San Isidro and Pajares (178km with 2300m ascent)
You enjoy a gentle start to the day as we climb up the San Isidro River. The industry gives way to villages, pastures and climbs to the Ski resort on the Puerto de San Isidro (1520m). You are now on the high plateau of Cantabria, which is both remote and beautifull. Staying high we pass over the Collada Valdeteja (1378m) and the Collada de Carmenes (1341m) to the Puerto de Pajares. From here the only way is down and this descent is a highlight of the region.
Day 4: Gamoniteiro and Cobertoria (78km with 2400m ascent)
Known as the Ventoux of Spain due to the telecommunication mast on its summit, the Gamoniteiro (1770m) is the highest surfaced road in Asturias. It is a brutal climb but the views from the top are mind-blowing! En route we have to climb up the Alto de la Cobertoria (1173m) from the East cresting over the top and then enjoying a beautiful quiet road that takes up back up to the Alto de Cobertoria. We finish off the day by edging our way around the mountain cove the Cuchu Puercu (1060m).
For those on the shortened mini break: After a shower and some bike packing we will transfer you 1hr to Asturias Airport
Drop off: 17:00 (for 19:00 EJ flight to STN)
For full details please see our Trip Notes