On Sunday 18th September, after a cloudy start, the sun shone yet again for the Clasica Los Puertos Esmeralda, which every year seems blessed with good weather.
A great sportive starting and finishing in Nava, Los Puertos is one of my favourite sportives; and not just because it’s run by my club Nava2000. It’s set in the heart the cider producing region of Asturias and runs down to the coast before heading back to Nava along beautiful country roads.
On paper the route doesn’t look too tough, with most of the initial climbs not averaging much above 4% but there are quite a few of them and because they are not too steep they are often taken at a pretty fast pace. These are then followed by the longer, steeper climb of la Llama, which inevitably begins to split the field up – but as long as it’s not taken at too fast a pace still isn’t that tough. However, after a rapid decent back down to Villaviciosa Los Puertos has a sting in its tail – The Alto de Arboleya . Now the Arboleya isn’t a long climb but after almost 100km, with an average of around 8% and parts exceeding 12%, it really does deplete what little energy you have left . In total you will end up climbing over 1700m with the toughest ramps saved till last.
Over 400 riders took part this year including some of the kids from the Nava2000 kids cycling club (who pulled over once we reached Lieres) and riders came from as far afield as Utah in the US (Ken, who stayed at my Bike Barn).
All in all a great ride and everyone seemed to really enjoy it.
To register for the 2017 edition of Los Puertos please visit www.nava2000.com. Registration usually opens in June but if you have trouble understanding Spanish just drop me a line and I can get you registered.
For more details and stats about the Event visit: http://bikeasturias.net/sportives/clasica-los-puertos-esmeralda
Please remember that for foreign participants you will have to show proof that you are registered to your Countries cycling federation (ie: British Cycling for the UK) and a letter/email from the federation (or other entity) stating that it covers Third Party liability and accident.