Cycling

The valleys and passes around Casa Quiros, in the parque natural de Las Ubiñas-La Mesa, provide some of the most dramatic road cycling terrain available.

La Vuelta passes underneath Aciera on the ‘Queen’s stage’ one of the most demanding on the tour and within 30 minutes drive resides the dreaded climb of Angiliru. All great news for the cycling fanatics out there!

You can see the Queen’s Stage profile here and if you check out the profile Casa Quiros is situated between the two first class climbs of Alto de Cobertoria and the Puerto de San Lorenzo (just before it says ‘Caranga de Abajo’).

Surrounded by hills you can get a feel for some of the more difficult hills with the footage of this years tour: http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/videos/vuelta-ciclista-a-espana/vuelta-ciclista-espana-2014-16-etapa-san-martin-rey-aurelio-farrapone-lsomiedo/2745889/

However, for families and intermediate cyclists the news is equally good as there is plenty of flats and moderate climbs and Casa Quirós also sits just above the Senda del Oso an interlinked series of cycle paths that cover over 45km. The Senda is a well looked after series of tracks and paths which bisect the valleys of Quiros and Teverga – obviously these are more for those with mountain rather than road bikes and you can see more about mountain biking here…

Road Biking

So the road biking potential here is huge and this is partly because of the terrain but also because the roads around the area are well maintained with little traffic and cycling has a big history in Asturias.

La Vuelta 2014 passes under the crag of Quirós

La Vuelta 2014 passes under the crag of Quirós

Spanish riders are very keen and with new technology there are lots of routes ready to go. One of the most popular places to find them in Spain is on Wikilocs – where you can select routes by area, grade and length. http://en.wikiloc.com/trails/cycling And typing in Barzana, Quirós, Proaza and Teverga will bring up plenty to keep you busy.

In summary Casa Quirós is:
- Ideally placed to explore the epic cycling territory covered by the Vuelta in 2014.
- Has 4-5km of rolling flats from the house and then a testing 9km climb at 7.5% (La Cobertoria), last climbed by the Vuelta in 2012.  Or if you need a rest you can go towards the coast and enjoy a steady drop down the valley.
- If you drop down the valley for a few km then take a left, this takes you through a beautiful valley of steep limestone and over towards some of the classic hill climbs of the area which all featured in this years Vuelta – including the Farrapona and San Lorenzo.
- There’s a stunning 85km loop you can do from the house with c2500m of climbing, which takes you through the heart of the Parque Natural Somiedo.
The iconic climb of Angiliru is 25 minutes drive from the house.
The iconic climb of the Covadonga is around 90 minutes drive away.
In time we will provide laminated route maps or .GPX files if you’re interested in recommended routes.

Practicalities
- There’s a number of bike hire shops pretty close by from which the basics can be purchased.
- If you don’t want to bring your own bike, Carmabike.es in Oviedo offers a range of road bikes from 30-100 euros per day.
- The weather is generally hot and sunny but can be unpredictable, so best to pack arm and leg warmers and enough waterproof layers to comp with wet, foggy and cold descents.
- In winter if the weather really comes in it´s only an hour up into León where the desert climate is very stable and allows a most a guaranteed ride. Cold, sunny dry.
- There’s secure bike storage at the house, a track pump and we can supply you with gels/bars or any other spares you might have forgotten to bring (or not had the weight limit!)

Useful Links
BikeAsturias - English language blog on road biking in Asturias, with routes, photos and videos.

AsturiasBike.com For all things MTB and road bike, including route maps, videos and more.

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