Fuente del Chivo (Cantabria)
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The main difficulty in Fuente del Chivo comes in the final few kilometres, having passed the Alto Campoo ski resort. The last two kilometres in particular have testing ramps at 15% and 16% gradient.
Roads & TrafficThe road is in very good condition throughout.
There is little traffic on this climb; particularly once you have passed the villages in the first 5km.
Climb DescriptionFuente del Chivo is one of our favourite climbs in Cantabria. It has everything that a cyclist could wish for: a near perfect road surface, little traffic, excellent views and high altitude.
The climb is all open; there are no forests obscuring the views here. Indeed, the landscape feels more like the bare slopes of an Alpine or Pyrennean climb; it is far removed from the typical rolling, green hills that make up much of the Cantabria region. We thoroughly recommend climb Fuente del Chivo if you are in the area.
The climb was first used in the Vuelta a España in 2015, in a stage won by breakaway specialist Alessandro de Marchi.
The climb is open year-round as far as the ski resort at Alto Campoo (the first 16km). The latter part of the climb is closed in winter, but is normally open between April and November.
Other sidesThis is the only way from which Fuente del Chivo can be climbed.
*Near as the crow flies - not so close by road!