The holly tree
Montejo de la Sierra
Buitrago de Lozoya
This is the highest stage of the route, both in average and maximum altitude. It is a stage of almost 50 km that is made up of 5 sections. It is made up of three main parts, the first part is the ascent to the Pico Tres Provincias (Madrid, Guadalajara and Segovia), the second part goes through Somosierra and starts the "La Horizontal" route, and the third part is around La Acebeda.
The difficulty is low but is increased by the effort required to climb Tres Provincias and Puerto de la Acebeda. It is cycled on well-marked paths and tracks, making the stage easier to navigate.
It is a stage of almost 57 km that consists of 7 sections. It is configured in three main parts. The first one is for climbers since three passes have to be climbed, the second one is a mountain slope and through forests and the third one is downhill and leg-breaker.
The difficulty is low but it is intense in terms of effort. You cycle along well marked paths and trails, favouring the navigation of the stage. There are three climbs that require concentration, balance and strength. You ride through hillsides between pine trees with spectacular climbs and descents.
This stage starts in the Sierra del Rincón and ends in the Valle Medio del Lozoya. It reaches the highest peak of the route, the so-called Tres Provincias (2,122m). It crosses the well-known Puerto de Somosierra and follows the beginning of the "Horizontal" path to La Acebeda.
This stage starts in La Acebeda and covers a large part of "La Horizontal". You have to climb three passes; La Acebeda, Arcones and La Linera. It has an intense and leg-breaking 12km loop at the end for a good souvenir.