Up until now I have ridden most of the major climbs in Asturias but at the beginning of the year I decided that 2016 was going to be the year to ride those I had yet to climb. However, kids are great plan breakers and having to spend most of the summer taxiing them around, I only managed to climb one (Casielles) and that was only thanks to my friend Mark. With winter fast approaching I had resigned myself to the fact that I wouldn’t get to ride any more of them. Now I’m sure my cycling friends will agree, once I set a goal there is usually very little that will stand in my way of achieving it, so the thought of not riding any more of them didn’t sit comfortably. Perhaps that’s why I awoke one morning and thought sod that, I might not get to ride them all but I’m damned if I can’t get at least three done before the really cold weather arrives – after all I’ve spent a fortune on cold weather clothes over the last few years so I might as well get my money’s worth and as long as it never gets as cold and wet as when I climbed the Farrapona (once again, thanks for that Mark) I’ll be fine.
For some reason I have never ridden the climbs up to the ski resorts in Asturias, so for my first new climb I decided to ride the Puerto San Isidro (Alto de San Isidro). It was a beautiful sunny day with hardly a cloud in the sky and only a very light head wind. Having had a tough club ride the previous day I was certainly in no hurry and anyway, I wanted to enjoy the climb and not slog my guts out up it. In fact my heart rate never went above 140bpm.
It’s not too hard a climb and for the most part hovers around the 7% mark but there is one section after the tunnels that hovers between 10 & 11% for just over 1km. There was hardly any traffic and the road is quite wide so it’s pretty safe. The road conditions are pretty good as it’s well maintained due to the fact it’s the main road to the ski slopes. There are climbs in Asturias with more spectacular views and landscape but nonetheless it’s still breathtaking.
So it’s one down and at least 2 more to go. I hope to get up to Pajares this week but the weather forecast isn’t great. After that I plan to head west to Cangas de Narcea and climb the Pozo de Las Mujeres Muertas (the grave of the dead women) and if I can get my friend Ian to join me the Connio as well.
Below are a few photos of the ride and a Strava link to the ride. A full description and stats will be added to the climb section soon.
Here is my ride on Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/740345154