Escobero felt a lot harder today than Mortirolo did back in August. Perhaps because most of the gradients in Colombia are 5-7%. Rarely do the slopes reach into the double digits here.
Escobero begins near the Las Vegas highway (runs north-south through Medellin) and travels east up to Las Palmas. The first kilometer or so is fairly gentle. Its only once you leave the shopping area that the real work begins. The road shoots skyward at 15% and barely alters its trajectory. Its just a few limited sections that bring the average gradient down to 9.7%. There are many sustained sections of 16% and one at 19%. Basically, think of Escobero as an hour of knee-grinding. Oh, and bring your triple.
You'll see in the pictures below that Escobero even looks a lot like Mortirolo. (Click here for my Mortirolo blog post). Escobero is often climbed in the Vuelta a Colombia. I just wish there was a sign or something to celebrate Escobero's summit.