La Cubilla - Asturias
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La Cubilla has a different profile to most other Asturian climbs. Its difficulty lies in its length rather than the gradient of its slopes. As long as you pace yourself though, this is a fairly comfortable climb.
Roads & TrafficThe road is generally in good condition. There are short sections were the surface is starting to break up, but it is just cracks and is slightly bumpy, rather than really jarring.
There is very little traffic on this climb.
La Cubilla is one of the most enjoyable climbs to ride in Spain. It is known as the Asturian Galibier and its upper slopes certainly have an Alpine feel, although the lower slopes are typically Asturian, with sharp peaks rising from steep valleys. La Cubilla is one of those climbs that anyone who has tackled it will remember with real fondness. It is long and has a great elevation gain, but it is never a real struggle and the views throughout the climb certainly justify the effort to climb it.
La Cubilla has never featured in the Vuelta a España; although there is enough space at the top to host a stage finish. Instead, the adjacent Puerto de Pajares has always been preferred. For the amateur cyclist, however, Cubilla is a much more enjoyable climb thanks to the lack of traffic and superior views.
If you are in the area, try to make time to climb La Cubilla. It may lack the fame of nearby mountains such as La Cobertoria or Angliru, but it more than makes up for it in terms of scenery.
La Cubilla is closed during winter due to snow. It is usually open from mid-April to November, but this can vary depending on the weather.
Other SidesThis side is the only paved ascent to La Cubilla. There is a road (which quickly turns into a track) continuing over the pass into Castilla-y-León, but it is not possible to ride it on a road bike. It is certainly passable on a mountain bike or possibly even a sturdy hybrid. This road links La Cubilla with the village of San Emiliano.
Nearby ClimbsPuerto de Pajares