Basically the same as Alpe dHuez. Very similar stats on length, height gain and gradients (if anything, Covadonga is slightly steeper), but far less hairpiny. Its also lower altitude because its near the coast. You can ride up it in the morning, have a wander round some stunning scenery, then back down to the beach for the afternoon. The roads into the Picos de Europa are not mountain passes. They dont go up one side and down the other; they kind of point inwards towards the centre of the national park and peter out. And they werent laid to get coaches to a ski resort either, because there isnt one (although there is/was a cable car on the south side of the national park at Funte De). So they feel like country lanes, rather than the motorways that go over a lot of mountain passes.
The Lagos de Covadonga is situated in Asturias
and belongs to the
Picos de Europa
Starting from Soto de Cangas,
the Lagos de Covadonga ascent is 16 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1056 heightmeters.
The average percentage thus is 7.4 %.
Look for other sides to climb the Lagos de Covadonga.
Since 2005, the Lagos de Covadonga will be/was climbed in the following big tour stages:
Vuelta España 2014 : Oviedo - Lagos de Covadonga on 07/09/2014
Vuelta España 2012 : La Robla > Lagos de Covadonga on 02/09/2012
Vuelta España 2007 : Langreo - Lagos de Covadonga on 04/09/2007
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