Alto de los Machucos climb

Alto de los Machucos climb

The last climb of stage 17 of the Vuelta a España 2017, Alto de los Machucos is really a monster. At 7.2 km long with an average gradient of 8.7%, it does not seem exceptionally difficult on the paper. However, it contains some brutally steep slopes that ramp up to 28 percent gradient (some sources even claims that some parts are at 31% – if it’s true, that means it is steeper than the Mirador de Ézaro, which usually dubbed as the steepest climb in the bike racing history). The uneven road surface of the monstrous climb also won’t help the riders.

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