This is my good friend, Martin, looking resplendent in his Club Ciclismo Nava 2000 attire. I met Martin via Strava after I spotted his frequent attempts to better my time on the Alto de la Llama from Puente Aguera segment, which I had set up in 2012. A little research on the inter-web soon revealed that Martin was living in Asturias and writing his own, very informative, Bike-Asturias blog which, I am in no doubt, is the definitive English speaker’s guide to cycling in Asturias.
A quick e-mail or two saw us meet up for our first ride together in November 2013, bagging Alto de la Fumerea and La Campa either side of a very pleasant cake stop in the fishing village of Tazones. Thanks to Martin’s adept use of his bar-mounted video camera out on the road, I soon became a YouTube star in my own backyard.
Below are the links to his blogs of our more memorable rides:
Puerto de la Cubilla – A long gentle climb to the border of Asturias and Leon with amazing views.
L’Angliru – Martin’s first full ascent after looking at it through his kitchen window for years.
Ermita de Alba – Mountain top finish of this year’s Vuelta stage 16 … brutal!!
Ruta Maratoniana – a real monster with Martin and Ian. This was my longest ride to date since registering with Strava, out doing my 2012 Etape ride by just over 2 miles. I used the Strava phone app to record the ride so take the elevation gain with a pinch of salt. To be honest, my backup, a Garmin 200, reckoned it was closer to 17,000 feet.
Alto del Torno and Los Lagos de Covadonga – first HC of the year with Martin, and Geoff, who adeptly captured the scene below.
Farrapona and San Lorenzo – a difficult ride in adverse weather conditions