Puebla de la Sierra
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 route runs in the Sierra Norte de Madrid, starting in the Valle Medio del Lozoya, passing through the Valle Bajo del Lozoya and ending in the Sierra del Rincón. All this corresponds to the villages that belong to the so-called Sierra Pobre de Madrid.
It is a long stage of 50 km that consists of 6 sections. The first 30 km on roads, tracks and very little road, are a warm-up to Berzosa del Lozoya and the rest are on mountain trails, canyons, valleys and hills, with steep climbs and descents.
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.
It is a route that is not complex to navigate. The complexity lies in the occasional steep uphill and downhill slopes of some of the ramps. It does not have any trialera and the route is completely cyclable.
Combine various types of landscapes. Pine forests such as El Pinarcillo on the banks of the Lozoya River. Several dams such as Puentes Viejas, El Tenebroso and El Villar. Tourist towns such as Buitrago del Lozoya and rural towns such as Robledillo de la Jara, Berzosa del Lozoya and Puebla de la Sierra.
From the hills and high ridges through which the route passes, you can see spectacular landscapes on all sides. Depending on the visibility of the day, you can see the Peñalara Peak, the Cuerda Larga of Madrid and even the 4 towers of the Castellana.