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Angliru - Gamonal - La Vega

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Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 9.9 %

Length: 12.55 km

Height start: 322 m

Height top: 1570 m

Elevation gain: 1248 m

Maximum: 23.5 %

Angliru - Gamonal rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 229 (all)
Ranking Spain: 29 (all)
Ranking Cantabrian Mountains: 2 (all)
Difficulty score: 162.15 what?

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The Alto de El Angliru (alternative name: La Gamonal) is a steep mountain road in Asturias, near La Vega-Riosa, in northern Spain. It is arguably one of the most demanding climbs in professional road bicycle racing, having been climbed the first time in the Vuelta in 1999. The climb has a length of 12.55 kilometres, so it has an average 9.9% slope. The last half of the climb, from the six-kilometre mark to the summit, the average gradient is 13.1%. The steepest part, which has a 23.6% slope, is known as Cueña les Cabres and is located about 3 kilometres from the summit. The climb is no easier from this point, as there are two later ramps at gradients of 18 to 21%.

The Angliru - Gamonal is situated in Asturias and belongs to the Cantabrian Mountains . Starting from La Vega, the Angliru - Gamonal ascent is 12.55 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1248 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 9.9 %.

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Since 2005, the Angliru - Gamonal will be/was climbed in the following big tour stages:
Vuelta España 2013 :  Avilés > Alto de L´Angliru on 14/09/2013
Vuelta España 2011 :  Avilés > Alto de L'Angliru on 04/09/2011

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Story by David Winter from Glasgow, United Kingdom, submitted on 22/07/2014
After seeing the velta struggling up the Angliru in 2013 I decided to head out and have a go in July 2014 as my father in law stays in Oviedo anyway and is a great excuse for a "family" holiday. Imeadatlly after collecting my hire bike from the local shop I headed straight for the climb. Riding through wonderful gorges and typical stunning mountian scenery and with light curtious traffic with very few tourist tourist traffic all putting you into a false scence of security. After a gentle climb to la Vega where the Angliru starts,the gradient is not to bad for the first 5k only ramping to about 10% or so. Then it is followed by a flattish section for a k or so but then you look up and see truly what lies ahead. A good contrast would be if you have ever seen The Lord of the rings and when Frodo and Sam see the firey hell of mordor mountian close for the first time would not be too far off. From there the climb ramps up to 21% and doesn''t let up for a K or so. It does back of the gradient but only to 12% min and this does not last long. The gradient only ramps up from here on with little mercy. My computer regersted 21% a number of times before the mighty 23.5 % part. Then all is calm after a few more hairpins with a fantastic view.
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Story by Dave Ford from St Austell, United Kingdom, submitted on 15/06/2013
Steve Panter, Jon Burt and I climbed this beast of a mountain on Monday 10th June 2013. We descended 10km into Pola De Lena then rode to Riosa (6km climb and 6km descent) and then tackled the Angliru. The first 6km was okay at around 10% gradient, you then have a short flat/downhill section and then your world implodes. The first real ramp just after 6km is around 23% and goes on for ever. For anyone who knows Pentewan hill in Cornwall, this is like 3 or 4 of those back to back. If you get up this you might think the worst is behind you, fear not, hell awaits.... The ramps rarely go below 14% and they ramp up to at least 20% in places. The final 2km are up around 20%. This was by far the darkest day on a bike I have ever known - If you want to feel true pain then this is the climb for you, once was enough. But we can say we have ridden the Angliru... 4D Team CS.
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Story by EDUARDO GOMEZ from BURGOS, Spain, submitted on 27/07/2008
The climb stands for 12,5 km from the village of La Vega (Riosa)to the top at 1573 m, with an altitude gain of 1266 m. The average slope of the whole climb is 10,13% and the maximum is 23,5% in the final part. From the beginning to the rest area of ""ViaPará"" (km 5), the average percentage is not over the 9%. After this point the road looks at the ceiling and becomes very steep. We first get to ""Les Cabanes"", with a maximum ramp of 22%. In the 8th Km, we find the ramp of ""Lagos"" with a 14,5% maximum. Next one is ""Les Picones"" in km 9. We here reach a 20% slope. ""Cobayos"" ramp can make us think we are in the steepest part of the climb, but we would be wrong. We find a 21,5% in km 10. If our climb is being succesful, the next part will be the hardest one. ""La Cueña Les Cabres"" will appear in front of us with its 23,5% maximum slope (km 10,5). If we win the battle against gravity at this point, we have almost reached the top. But there are still two more difficult parts. One is ""El Avirú"" with a 21,5 % in km 11 and the last one will be ""Les Piedrusines"" in the 12th km. Once we pass the last ramp,a relaxing 500 m will take us to the parking area at 1573 m. If you made it, nothing else to say but good job!.
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