The route starts in the centre of Potes and follows the main road to Fuente Dé during the first 9km / 5,5 mi. At Mogrovejo the fun starts, with an ascent along 4x4 tracks to the high pasture grounds of Áliva, where you probably have to recharge batteries at the restaurant Refugio de Áliva. You can also ‘cheat’ and follow the tarmac road all the way to Fuente Dé and take the cable car straight up to 1835 m and then descent to Áliva. Whatever you do, the scenery that awaits you is majestic: a wide mountain pass with pastures grounds that are divided in the middle by a huge moreen, created by two glaciers in long forgotten times. In early spring it's full of cattle, sheep and horses, watched closely by griffon vultures and falcons looking for prey. You will reach the Majada Vegas de Sotres, another idyllic pastoral scene surrounded by impressive mountains. The last 18km between Sotres and Arenas is an easy tarmac road downhill.
Challenge: 45.6 - 47.6 km / 28,5 mi - 29,5 mi, 1475 / 1325 m ascent
Villages along the way: Fuente Dé, Áliva, Sotres