• Distance Instructions
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  • Distance 81 km
  • Time 0 s
  • Speed 1 km/h
  • Min altitude 22 m
  • Max. Alt. 1116 m
  • Alt. Gain 2191 m
  • Descent 2495 m


 
Start: Arriondas, Asturias, Spain
At times, this route feels absolutely brutal though it is well worth the effort. Leaving Les Arriondas, the ride takes you over the hills separating it from Cangas de Onis. The road is a local country road, with little traffic passing by farmland and small villages. There are many hórreo’s, characteristic of the area. After arriving at Cangas de Onis, you cross over the historic bridge and continue out of town. The route then turns onto a farm road which narrows and this is where the crazy gradients begin. At one point, the gradient hits a show-stopping 24%. It is almost too difficult to stay upright! At certain points, the road becomes quite rough but is still negotiable on a road bike. As steep as the route is up, there are also some steep descents. Eventually, you will turn back onto a more friendly road which takes you up to Collado Zardon (296m). The scenery is nothing short of spectacular as you cycle from the valley floor through the lush vegetation to the higher aspects of the mountain which, with fine weather, affords some wonderful views of the surrounding peaks.
The route merges with the N-63 which has some traffic though a wide shoulder for cycling on before turning towards Covadonga. From here there is over 1000m of ascent to the lakes of Covadonga. Fortunately, from the village of Covadonga, the road is closed to general traffic with only local buses using the road. Consequently, there is very little traffic to contend with. Initially the route weaves its way up under the shade of the tree canopy which offers respite from the hot sun. The gradient of the road offers little respite for your legs though. The first 7 kilometers have an average gradient of almost 10%. It is a tough climb. About half way, the trees are left behind and you are now riding through exposed rock and shrubs. Much of this area is used for cattle grazing so occasionally, you need to cycle around the cows loitering on the road. There are a couple of miradors that you can stop to enjoy the view (and get your breath back). As you reach the final kilometres, the road curves in front of you as it changes direction. There is a short downhill before reaching the Lago Enol.
Once reaching the lake, the return journey starts the way you just travelled. To Covadonga, this is one fun descent. With the knowledge that there is little traffic, you can really get into the S-bends for a fast ride down. On reaching the N-63 the route turns left to head towards Cangas de Onis. Here you have two options, you can either turn into Cangas de Onis and return the same way you arrived or you can take the easier option along the N-63 all the way back to Arriondas.

Santianes
12°
broken clouds
humidity: 81%
wind: 2m/s SW
H 11 • L 9
18°
Sat
13°
Sun
16°
Mon
18°
Tue
Weather from OpenWeatherMap

ColsAltitude (m)
 Collau les Valeres1114
 Lagos de Covadonga1120
 Collado Zardon296