Collado de la Hoz (Sobrelapeña)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Sobrelapeña 663m 424m 7.7 km 5.5% 322 ***

Collado de la Hoz - Sobrelapeña - Cycling Profile

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Climb Description

This is the slightly less scenic side of Collado de la Hoz, but it is still an enjoyable climb in typically rolling Cantabrian hills. The excellent road surface and lack of traffic both make this a good climb for cycling.

The climb is best known in cycling circles for its role in the 2012 Vuelta a España. It was here where Alberto Contador launched a decisive long range attack, eventually winning the stage at Fuente Dé The attack, from over 60km out on such a gentle climb, caught his rivals unaware and enabled Contador to take minutes out of 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 nearby many other climbs which makes it a good choice to include in a longer route. It is open throughout the year.

Collado de la Hoz from Sobrelapeña - Cantabria Cycling Climb

There is a small plateau at the top of the climb

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 west, starting in La Hermida.

Nearby Climbs

Collado de Ozalba


Collado de Carmona
Fuente Dé

Puerto de San Glorio

Salto de la Cabra

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