Collado de la Hoz (La Hermida)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
La Hermida 663m 537m 10.4 km 5.2% 351 ****

Collado de la Hoz - La Hermida - Cycling Profile

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Climb Description

Collado de la Hoz from La Hermida is a picturesque climbing starting from the Deva River. Despite being relatively short, there is a nice variety of scenery on the climb. The lower slopes offer views across to the valley to the Picos de Europa National Park. After passing through the village of Linares you turn a corner and the landscape becomes more rolling, with the green hills that are so characteristic of the Cantabria region.

The climb is best known in cycling circles for its role in deciding the outcome of the 2012 Vuelta a España race. It was here where Alberto Contador launched a decisive long range attack, eventually winning the stage at Fuente Dé The attack on such a gentle climb caught his rivals unaware, and it enabled Contador to gain significant time on the race leader Joaquim Rodríguez. Contador went on to win the overall race, after holding off attacks on the penultimate stage to Bola del Mundo.

Collado de la Hoz is close to many other medium length climb,s which makes it a good choice to include in a longer route. It is open throughout the year.

Collado de la Hoz from La Hermida - Cantabria Cycling Climb

There are fine views looking across to the Picos de Europa mountains

Roads & Traffic

The road is surface is in very good condition and there is little traffic on the climb.

Alternative Routes

Collado de la Hoz can also be climbed from the east, starting in Sobrelapeña.

Nearby Climbs

Salto de la Cabra

Collado de Ozalba


Fuente Dé

Puerto de San Glorio

Collado de Carmona
Jito de Escarandi

Cycling Holidays

We don't currently run any tours in this part of Cantabria. If you would be interested in customizing an itinerary to this region, please contact us and we would be happy to discuss the options.

You may also be interested in the links below to some of the holidays that we currently run nearby in Northern Spain.

Picos de Europa National Park
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,490 EUR
Basque Mountains
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Easy to Medium
Price: from €1,480 EUR
Lagos de Covadonga
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: from €1,490 EUR