Average grade: 5.8 %
Length: 19.9 km
Height start: 820 m
Height top: 1966 m
Elevation gain: 1146 m
The ultimate morning (our airplane took off that afternoon in Madrid) of our stay in Cubinos hotel (Vallejera) was ideal to schedule a "up and down" of the Covatilla. It was again splendid weather (end of june 2005) when we started at 8:30. The proper part of the climb, i.e. from where you leave the main road Béjar-Barco de Avila, in la Hoya (in fact, before reaching La Hoya, you are already constantly climbing ...), can best be considered as a mini-Ventoux : take 2/3 of each section of the Bedouin-side of the Ventoux, and you obtain the Covatilla : 3 kmts stepwise up (like Bedouin - St Esteve), then 6 kmts really steep (about 10 %, like St Esteve - Chalet Renard) and finally 4 kmts moderately steep (8-9% like Chalet R. - top). Due to the ideal meteorologic conditions and the fact that our legs were not submitted to substantial effort the hours before, we had no problem at all to reach the top. This could be quite different in the heath of the afternoon at the end of a long mountain stage, e.g. the Cubino Classic, an event for cyclo-sportifs organized each 3rd Saturday of June, crossing the whole montaneous region and where the finish is judged at the top of the Covatilla (optionally, you can also terminate in Bejar).
jan devos - sint-martens-latem, Belgium
The La Covatilla is situated in Castilla-Leon
Starting from Béjar,
the La Covatilla ascent is 19.9 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1146 heightmeters.
The average percentage thus is 5.8 %.
Look for other sides to climb the La Covatilla.
Since 2005, the La Covatilla will be/was climbed in the following big tour stages:
Vuelta España 2011 : Villacastín > Sierra de Bejar. La Covatilla on 28/08/2011
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