Unprecedented town for the race. A uneven route, which will combine trails and singletracks to favour passing, with a final fast stretch of off-road. An ideal stage to get going.
Starting from the city’s historical center, it will be one of those classic stages in the area, with varied terrain and time for recovery. It will begin along the water channel in search of Artafi mountain pass and then cross Trasierra, Las Jaras, Conejeras and finish descending the famous Reventón, which could be a determinant ending.
A day which is foreseen to be very animated. It’s the Day of Andalusia and it’s expected to have many enthusiasts cheering the riders. The climb of the Reventón from the city’s historical center, will be the start of a demanding stage with lots of singletracks. Its central part (Los Morales and Santo Domingo) and the climb to Cerro Muriano, will mark the stage, which will end descending Monte Cobre, having passed by Los Villares.
Although it has only been part of the race twice, it has become a mythical stage due to its beauty and fun, ‘candy’ for any mountain biker. It begins with the long climb of Centenera reaching the Virgen de la Cabeza sanctuary, follows the twisted downhill of Caracolillos, before facing the final and tough climb, El Madroño, and finish descending along the also technical Camino Viejo. It will be the transition day between the two provinces, when the race moves from Córdoba to Jaén.
New venue. Its more than one hundred kilometres on the penultimate day of racing, might be worth to designate it as the queen stage. A distance which has only been overcome once but will be covered more rapidly than expected. It has two different parts, out and back to/from La Carolina, quick and clear, and the loop at the Aliseda, lush and full of wonderful singletracks.
The final stage will be an ‘amusement park’ along Linares’ mining area. Continuous climbs and descends, and uncountable and flowy singletracks. Ideal for Cross Country experts due to its rhythm changes and short duration.