|Title:||Subida a Saleta / “Gran Premio Panaderia Santiago”|
|Elevation change:||135 metres|
|Altitude finishline:||530 metres|
|GPS coordinates:||42° 25′ 59.5194″ – -8° 5′ 16.0794″|
|Fastest Time:||4:14,955 (2 runs)|
|Average Speed:||124,26 km/h|
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|13-14/04/2013||Sergio Varela||Silver Car S2||4:14,955||Results|
The Subida a Saleta starts just west of the medium sized town of Carballiño. The town and the hillclimb are located in the province of Ourense, the only landlocked province in Galicia. They are some 30km from the province capital, also named Ourense. This mountainous region is often skipped by tourists as they prefer to visit Santiago de Compostela, Vigo and A Coruña. But despite the perhaps pre-conceived ideas tourists have of this area, Ourense can be measured with those three other cities in every aspect.
Ourense was already inhabited by the time of the Romans. There is a geographical reason for that, as the town lies in a valley where it is easy to cross the River Minho. There is still one stone Roman bridge, although only the foundations are actually Roman. The arches of the 370m long bridge were many times destroyed and restored so they are of a later date. The old Roman bridge stands in sharp contrast to the modern Millenium Bridge, an interesting example of present-day architecture. The Romans also enjoyed the thermal springs that surface in the city. The ruins of the Roman bath houses can still be found, but one can also use the modern medicinal baths and fountains.
Centuries later the city became the center point in the war between the Moors and the Spanish. The city was repeatedly pillaged and destroyed. Not until the 11th and 12th century did the city start to grow again. There are still some medieval buildings in the historic quarter around the Cathedral. This rather bulky looking church has retained the impressive portals, similar to those in Compostela. The main square is also framed by historic buildings but those are from a later date, namely the 18th and 19th century.