3 September 2015 0 Comments

Asturian Hills

Last year I achieved a long held ambition to climb up to Los Lagos de Covadonga in Asturias. It’s a climb that has famously featured in lots of editions of the Vuelta

6 August 2015 0 Comments

A Beautiful Ride

For the second summer in a row I find myself in eastern Asturias with my bike and I’m rapidly coming to the conclusion that it’s one of the finest places on this Earth to ride said bike. Pedalling through the stands of eucalyptus on the way to one of the mountain passes in the region […]

6 September 2014 0 Comments

La Vuelta in Asturias

There are loads of cycling fans for whom their interest in cycling begins and end with Le Tour. This is entirely understandable as the mainstream media coverage of this one race, at least here in Britain, must outweigh the coverage of the rest of the sport by at least 10 to 1 (a statistic I’ve […]

10 August 2014 0 Comments

Los Lagos de Covadonga

Back in the summer of 722 King Pelayo was in a fix. For several years he had been asserting the independence of the Kingdom of Asturias from the Moors (Arabs) who controlled most of Spain. The Moors had finally grown tired of this irritation and sent a force to put down the rebellion. Cornered, with […]

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9 August 2014 0 Comments

La Torneria – an Asturian Classic

Ask a Spaniard about Asturias and the likely response will be, “Rain.” Just like in England, Manchester has the tag of being both “in the north” and permanently wet, so the province of Asturias suffers the same stereotypical fate at the hands of its countrymen. This does the area a disservice. Although it does suffer […]

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