Mellow Velo said:It's doesn't carry the nickname, "The Wall", for nothing.
Remember Fabio Roscioli, in 2000?
He hit the climb with a lead of 6 or 7 minutes and it's not a long climb.
Yet, he was caught by Eladio Jimenez, within metres of the top, having rode the final couple of kms, at a snail's pace, weaving from one side of the road, to the other.
Unfortunately, having looked, I can't find it on the "Tube".
However, these "clubbies" give an impression of what it's like:-
Funny, it never looks really steep, but the fact that they are pedalling backwards - that second guy was doing minus 2mph and the third guy affectionately called Pantani with his weird bars was overtaken by a snail - reveals something. They should probably not have chosen the 39x26 gear and perhaps lost some weight
These guys are only going marginally faster, and the acompanying music is a bucketload of fun...
The pros are doing it here in 1998 stage 6 of the Vuelta with a cycling news report from the old box