28Km, 1760 D+. This route is an ode to climbing, and the mind game that goes with it. It is brutal from the start, once you leave the small mountain village of Vide. Thoughts like "what was i thinking..?" may cross your mind. Up until 1000m of altitude (Portela do Arão roundabout), you will cross a pine tree forest and, from then on, granit will be king. Your legs will hurt and your lungs will burn but, once you reach the highest trig point in country, you will gain a feeling of accomplishment that will endure. Once you are at the top, where do you want to go next? Seia, Covilhã, Manteigas? Put your wind jacket and go easy on the brakes.