El Naranco is an iconic climb that has featured often in the Vuelta a España over the years and made a welcome return in 2013 with Joaquim Rodriguez taking the stage win.
It’s not that long nor steep a climb but its location over-looking Oviedo has made it the famous climb that it has become. Indeed, since 1941 the ‘subida de Naranco’ has been one of the primary sportives in Spain although it has now been incorporated into the Vuelta de Asturias.
The climb can be accessed from the centre of Oviedo and the climb itself is a very pleasant one, taking you past some of the most famous and well preserved Pre-Romanesque buildings in Asturias.
At the summit you will reach the statue of Christ called ‘The Sacred Heart Jesus’ which has looked down upon Oviedo since 1951.
Although there are two small sections that go into double figures the rest of the climb never really goes up to much more than 8% with the first 2 kilometers not even reaching 6%. The climbs distance depends on where you call the start and finish point. In the Vuelta in 2013 the Meta (finish) was a little way before the finish on the profile below and there are profiles that have it as 9km long but god knows where they stated it from. In reality the climb proper is just short of 6 kilometres.
Here are the Stats and two slightly differing profiles:
Average Gradient; 6.9%
Max Gradient: 10%
Elevation Climb: 370m
Max Elevation: 565m