The epic climb klaxon has sounded, there's a new bonkers berg to be ridden...
This one has shot to notoriety after doing the rounds on social media but, from what we can tell, you'll have to plan an awfully long spin to get there as it's in China.
Despite a couple of accounts sharing the mind-boggling video evidence and saying it is in Argentina, those claims were quickly disproved by others who shared pictures of the supposed Argentinian hairpin-packed ascent (which is actually in Chile) and compared it to the much more similar Panlong Ancient Road in China. Confused? Don't be. The short of it is we've now got (at least) two impressive switchback-laden routes to share...
Panlong Ancient Road, China
Cuesta los Caracoles en la Ruta CH-60 que une Los Andes con Mendoza, en Argentina. Posee 29 curvas cerradas. pic.twitter.com/iyZohZD2nb
— escribano (@tuidelescribano) October 22, 2022
Not in Argentina but the Kashgar region of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region this magnificent feat of engineering must have been designed by a cyclist. With 208 bends over the longer 36km (22 miles) route and climbing to 4,269m (13,989 ft) this one will need some training.
According to PJAMM Cycling, the actual climbing part of the road is 20.4km (12.7 miles) long and averages 5.2 per cent, probably helped by the design not following the British handbook of 'build those roads straight and steep'.
You'll be gasping before you hit the official slopes though... the climb proper starts at 3,197m (10,491 ft) and peaks with 12 per cent ramps.
Route 60, Chile
Esta no es caracoles. La verdadera es la que posteo abajo 👇🏼 no coinciden pic.twitter.com/dAi2lFNdBi
— EvangelistaBitcoin (@arielaguilar) October 22, 2022
As a bonus we thought we'd chuck in the South American climb everyone thought was actually the Panlong Ancient Road. I say 'South American' because rather than Argentina, it's actually on the Chilean side of the border (just).
Cuesta Caracoles, ruta CH-60 camino a Portillo, V región de 🇨🇱. Esta cuesta tiene 29 curvas con una vista impresionante de la majestuosa cordillera de Los Andes. pic.twitter.com/4r6JmAxeaV
— Luis Avo Salinas (konchok Dorje) ☯ (@lsalina2010) April 26, 2022
The Chilean Stelvio is on Route 60 in the Valparaíso Region and continues on to Argentina, although from this video the heavy traffic makes it slightly less appealing...
Hay que tener buena muñeca, bajar enganchado y tener ojo con los camioneros. Ésta 👇🏼 es la verdadera cuesta Caracoles (Juncal) pic.twitter.com/HezMmoiuAB
— Diganme Pao nomás! (@Pao_Salazar_R) October 22, 2022
To make things even more confusing, if you continue towards the border and then slip onto the Acceso al Monumento Cristo Redentor (road E-773) you also have this climb on the Chilean side of the border...
In short, there are lots of hairpins in the area.
If however, Chile, Argentina and China are a touch outside your budget, you could always head to North Wales and Stwlan Dam for a taste of the action on a slightly smaller scale...
— Visit Wales 🏴 (@visitwales) November 4, 2017
There's our Sunday dive down a hairpin rabbit hole complete. Now it's your turn. Get your favourite hairpin-heavy climbs in the comments so we can all create a bucket list longer than the Stelvio... (just don't say Box Hill)...
Dan joined road.cc in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining road.cc, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.