Actually it was only half the L’Angliru but that was more than enough for me.
It’s been a good week of riding, topped off with a 103km ride today http://www.strava.com/activities/119043282. Finally the legs are feeling good and some kind of fitness is beginning to return. Having had a few good rides early in the week I decided to push myself a little on Friday and headed off to climb the El Cordal. It was foggy and damp when I left my house but as I arrived in Mieres the clouds cleared and I set off under blue skies.
El Cordal is not an easy climb. The last two kilometers average over 11% so it was a good test of my fitness. The views along the way are stunning, as you can see from the photos, and from the top there are great views over the L’Angliru. After reaching the top I descended down to Riosa and began to climb the L’Angliru. I planned to do about 5km’s but ended doing around 7km. After the first few km’s the clouds rolled in so I couldn’t see much for the rest of the way. Although that meant no views, it created an eary, mysterious atmosphere but was very pleasant in a spooky type of way. It made you feel you were part of the Vuelta peleton struggling up to the top, no matter what the conditions. Quite a haunting experience but one I will always remember. I had no intention of trying to get to the top but hope to do the whole climb before the summer.
The only negative thing about the ride was I cocked up the camera, so only got the video of the Cordal climb. Still, that gives me a good excuse to do it again so I’ll probably head back that way one day this week. Here’s the ride: http://www.strava.com/activities/118418152
Here’s the video of El Cordal. I hope you enjoy it. I certainly enjoyed climbing it.