"La Alcarria Challenge" bicycle route

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Description of the route

Leave Sacedón by the old N-320 road towards the Alto de San Julián and shortly before you arrive turn off towards the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The route gets tough and rises abruptly by about 150 m. Keep heading up using part of the El Socorro Route against the traffic flow, and then leave the route taking the first path on the right that heads downhill. This path is great fun and has a view of the municipality of Sacedón in the distance. Once you reach the village, go through it and you can take different agricultural paths between olive groves and fallow land to reach the town of Córcoles where we can stock up on water in several fountains next to the municipal pediment. You can visit the Monsalud Monastery here. It is a Cistercian gem that is finally getting the appreciation it deserves. The most demanding part of this route starts here and goes steadily uphill for about 2 km and finally reaches level ground with oak trees and crops. This then brings you to the second path, the famous path of the Templars.

This winding path was used by the order of the Templars to link Sacedón with the Monsalud Monastery, so as well as enjoying the best single tracks in the Alcarria, you’ll be walking in the path of history. There will be times when you wish you had a Templar’s sword as you wander through the thick growth of local oaks.

Things to see as you ride

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Description of the route

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Distance, duration and grade

Distance: 30,25 km

Estimated time: 3 hours

Route type: circular

Grade of ascent: 805 metres

Grade of descent: 809 metres


Overall Difficulty: black

Physical difficulty: medium/high

Technical difficulty: medium/high

Recommended bicycle: XC (Cross Country)

Type of terrain

  • Track 60% 60%
  • Path 37% 37%
  • Road 3% 3%

Connections with other routes in Sacedón

Links of interest

Other places in the area

¡Make the best use of your visit!

Monsalud Monastery

One of the clearest and most beautiful examples of the presence of the Cistercian order in the Iberian Peninsula.

Roman Bridge

Built in 1461, it crosses the Tagus River and connects the municipal districts of Auñón and Sacedón.

La Isabela Settlement

Ruins of an old spa, which then became a psychiatric hospital. These ruins were submerged, but are now above water again.

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