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Ride 18 kilometers gaining 1,776 meters at an astonishing 9.8% average grade.
This is the most difficult bike climb in Portugal and one of the Top 20 in the world.
Of this ride, Wikipedia notes:
“Pico do Arieiro, at 1,818 m (5,965 ft) high, is Madeira island's third highest peak. Most days, visitors can stand and look down on the clouds. The air is fresh and clear and the sun is very bright. On a clear day it is possible to see the neighbouring island of Porto Santo, 30 miles to the northeast.
The footpath northwards towards Pico Ruivo is an important tourist attraction, with a daily average of 1000 tourists trekking on it.
There is easy road access to the summit, with a large car park, a restaurant and souvenir shop. In 2011, an Air Defence Radar Station was built at the top of the mountain near the tourist facilities.”