Gamoniteiro is a steep mountain road in the Asturias. The cycling mountain passes of the Cantabrian Mountains are infinite… At first, La Vuelta discovered Angliru, the most-feared climb in Grand Tours. This climb (a goat path for locals) changed the routes of modern cycling. Five years later, Giro d’Italia included Zoncolan. And La Vuelta discovered similar climbs over the last decade: Cuitu Negru, Ancares, Los Machucos, La Farrapona…
Is it toughest than Angliru?
Some asturian cyclists who have climbed both cycling cols, they discuss which is harder. To be honest, Angliru is especially unique for cycling fans, but Gamoniteiro is a new a challenge. Final decision is for professional cyclists. Gamoniteiro has more altitude, gradient, distance and more kilometres whose average slope is greater than 10% (9 kilometres). The Spanish website altimetrias.net, ranks cycling climbs by coefficient, Angliru is ranked with 514 points and Gamoniterio with 492, two of the toughest climbs in the north of Spain.
Gamoniteiro is unknown to many fans, but it is very popular in the first part. First 9 kilometres you ascend Alto de la Cobertoria from Pola de Lena. A cycling climb promoted in La Vuelta many years. The last five kilometers are terrible, the average slope is higher than 10%. A hellish final kilometre at 13.3% on average slope, a real wall.
Final kilometer of the Gamoniteiro has slopes of 17% at 1,700 meters high.
La Vuelta 21 includes in his route this road mountain last week. A epic climb close to Angliru and Las Ubiñas Nature Park, Alto de la Cubilla road area.
How to get Gamoniteiro (google maps link) you need to drive Pola de Lena, a town with three epic ascents in a few kilometres: Alto del Angliru, Alto del Gamoniteiro and Alto de La Cubilla. From Pola de Lena you must climb the first part of La Cobertoria, before top, turn right towards the hardest part of the Gamoniteiro.