Cycling The Vott Maspalomas Gran Canaria

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The Vott - Maspalomas Gran Canaria


Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 11.1 %

Length: 12.4 km

Height start: 20 m

Height top: 1400 m

Ascent: 1380 m

Maximum: 0 %

The Vott rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 175 (all)
Ranking Spain: 26 (all)
Difficulty score: 172.18 what?

The Vott ratings

(4.9) Overall

(3) Road

(5) Traffic

(3.2) Amenities

(5) Surroundings

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Description

The The Vott is situated in Canarias (Canary Islands) . Starting from Maspalomas Gran Canaria, the The Vott ascent is 12.4 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1380 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 11.1 %. The maximum slope is 0 %.

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Stories, information and comments from The Vott climbers
Story by Andy Clark from Manchester, United Kingdom, submitted on 13/12/2014
Did it in 2010 and thought it was the toughest climb of my life, did it a second time Dec2014 as I thought I must have been having a bad day the first time. Well I wasn''t is is just INCREDIBLY tough, the hardest climb I have even done and I have done a lot. Relentless draining power sucker of a climb, only the wonderful views help this painful climb. It just has to be experienced. Steepest at the bottom but relentless all the way. I was drinking from a stream the first time as ran out of water. Make sure you fill up in St.Nicholas.....
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Story by J-W B from , Belgium, submitted on 25/11/2014
I got two words for this: f*cking madness! This climb is by far the hardest thing I did - and will do - in my life.

I climbed the Presa de Salto del Perro from Arguineguin first (already some very steep grades), and then the Degollada de la Aldea from Mogan. Having done already 70k and more than 1700hm, I started the climb towards VOTT. The first part goes up and down through a valley and counts already 2 very steep parts when climbing up to the reservoirs. And then you reach the 606...



Already in the first meters of the climb, your HR reaches its max, you lose fluids faster than you can drink and you start begging for a less steeper part ... which will only happen 3k further. Those 3k take an eternity at 5km/h. Then you can recover for about 1 minute, before it all starts again. After 6k (=one hour), there are some more relenting parts, but by that time even 7% feels extremely steep. After 2 hours of suffering and thinking ''why the f*ck am I doing this?'' 1000 times, you will reach the top. No one will be able to imagine or understand your suffering, but you will know for yourself: I am a true hero!



It''s not the average grade that makes this climb so hard, but the irregularity and the bad road surface!
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Story by Jamie Busher from Dublin, Ireland, submitted on 08/10/2014
I climbed the VOTT whilst on holidays. I''d read some stories prior to travelling which most described as one of the toughest climbs they had done.



I started in Maspalomas, up through Mogan and then climbed to San Nicholas. I''d clocked up about 1500m climbing by the time I hit the bottom of the climb and was feeling a little apprehensive.



I spun away on my 39 * 25 for the first 200m of climbing from the valley taking in the wonderful surroundings and wondered what all the fuss was about. That''s about as good as it got as the next section of 3/4km was about the toughest cycling I have ever done. Straight away I was at 90% HR and continued at that rate for 10/15 mins.



At this point I was very disheartened and thought about turning around, mentally I was destroyed! I dug deep and decided the best tactic would be keep HR below 160 regardless of how slow I was moving.



From that point onwards there was a least 3 more really tough sections.



The VOTT was certainly the toughest climb I have ever experienced. Normally it''s a question of how fast I can make it over a climb but where the VOTT was concerned I wondered would I actually make it over the top :)



Next time I come equipped with a compact!





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Story by robert Lewis from Selby, United Kingdom, submitted on 04/07/2014
Climbed the vott on 30/07/14,started from mogan reaching the start of the climb 11.00 am.the steep sides of the valley approaching the reservoir offered a certain amount of shade allowing me to foolishly think this is going to be a pleasant but tough climb.The section of the climb on the gc606 to el carrizal was brutal on two fronts,the gradiant is steep and made harder by the poor road surface,but on the day the temp on my computer went up to 46 degrees,the toughest condi9tionns i have ever rode a bike in,no breeze,midday,not the time of year for a pasty yorkshire man to take on the vott,still vott nil yorkshire one.
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Story by Bjarke Andersen from Ikast, Denmark, submitted on 20/02/2014
I thought, that when I had climbed the "Mortirolo" and "Zoncolan" I had done the toughest climbs in Europe - but no !!! The VOTT beats it all.

In the beginning, coming from La Aldea San Nicolas by GC210 - tough but nice - but when you turn right on GC606 - - SLAM!! Up to 24%. After 4km we reached "Carrizal", found a litlle bar for a Coke and thought it was over, but no.....
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Story by Anders Brandtoft from Cph, Denmark, submitted on 19/03/2013
Hard and very very step. The rough surface( hardly tarmac) make it even harder. Prepare for some strong winds as you slowly make your progress to the top.
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Story by Charles Bennett from Lenoir, United States, submitted on 16/02/2011
Incredibly hard route. Left Maspalomas on GC 500 to Puerto Mogan. Headed up GC 200 up and over to San Nicholas. Began the dreaded climbing on GC 210 up through the valley towards Artenara. Hung a right on GC 606 and was slapped in the face with 20%+ grades for much of the next 12 km. Incredibly hard climbing, made harder by exposed roads and tough winds. One of the hardest climbs in all of Europe, this stretch on the 606.
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