La Farrapona is a climb set in some of the most spectacular landscapes in Asturias. The climb itself has figured twice in the Vuelta a España, once back in 2011 and more recently in 2014 were it was the spectacular back drop to the battle between Froome and Contador on Stage 16.
At almost 19km long the climb is a demanding one but it’s not until kilometre 12 that the climb really starts to ramp up. The gradient is less than 6% for the first 6km’s (with the occasional steep ramp) and although the gradient then increases to more than 8% for the next kilometre it then drops to minus figures followed by three relatively easy kilometres until kilometre 12. From Kilometre 12 the average gradient ramps up to 8.5% with frequent ramps up to 12%. With the tough bits coming at the end of the climb the overall climb is quite a challenge but nowhere near as tough as the L’Angliru.
At over 1700 meters this is a real Mountain Top climb so the views really are breathtaking. If you have time to explore the area there are plenty more great climbs and routes. I can promise you the scenery is stunning and you will be blown away by its beauty.
Parts of the road have recently been improved for the Vuelta so you won’t have any problems with the road surface.
Here are the Stats:
Strava segment stats: http://app.strava.com/segments/707104
Average Gradient: 5.9%
Max Gradient: 12%
Meters climbed: 1089m
Height at summit: 1708m
Difficulty: HC Category climb – moderate