The Angliru is one of the most feared rides known to cyclists but well worth doing if you have the legs for it.
[quote_right]We’re not animals and this is inhuman[/quote_right]The climb has featured several times in the Vuelta de España since 1999 with many great battles, from the late Jose Maria Jimenez dedicating his win to Marco Pantani to Roberto Heras riding up 1 minute 10 seconds faster than anyone has managed since, the Angliru has cemented it’s place in cycling history and will continue to be a key battleground in professional cycling for years to come.
In search of climbs to rival the Alpe d’Huez and Mont Ventoux in the Tour de France and the Mortirolo Pass and Monte Zoncolan in the Giro d’Italia, the Spanish chose Los Largos de Covadonga to rival Alpe d’Huez and the Mortirolo pass and L’Anliru to rival Ventoux and Mount Zoncolan.
[quote_box_center]You go at 9 kilometers an hour. It’s hell. There’s nothing remotely like it[/quote_box_center]
Originally it had been no more than an old cattle track and was not known as a cyclist route. Once tarmacked, its narrow, extremely steep road still left much to be desired by some cyclists.
Indeed, since it’s inclusion in the Vuelta the climb has not always been popular with the professionals riding it. In 2002 David Millar cursed “We’re not animals and this is inhuman,”, throwing his number to the floor and refusing to finish just meters before the line. Even Roberto Heras who won the stage in 2002 stated “You go at 9 kilometers an hour. It’s hell. There’s nothing remotely like it,”
The statistics speak for themselves
Length: 12.2 km
Vertical climb: 1245 m
Average gradient: 10.1 %
The steepest part, the Cueña les Cabres: 23.6 % (3 km from the summit)