The Alto de Sotres will be the summit finish of Stage 15 of the 2015 Vuelta a España. The name of the climb varies from source to source. Some, such as the actual Vuelta a España website, have it listed as the Alto de Sotres. Others will refer to it as the Jitu de Escarandi.
The climb doesn’t actually finish at Sotres but finishes higher up at the Jitu de Escarandi but I guess the name Alto de Sotres is starting to be used more frequently as it’s somewhat easier to remember and pronounce.
From what I can work out from the Vuelta profiles the actual finish of the stage is at Collado Caballar. The last 2 km’s to Caballar are the toughest of the climb with the last km averaging 14%. After Collado de Caballar the road drops a little before rising again to the final peak.
The climb on the profile below starts in Arenas de Cabrales. However, as you can see, the first 5 k are insignificant, with some even averaging minus gradients. The real climb starts at Poncebos as you turn off the AS 264 to Sotres. From here the climb goes straight into averages of 9% and stays near double figures for 4 km’s. The gradients then ease off for the next 6km’s before the last brutal 2.7km’s starts.
The climb is stunning and offers spectacular views. It was quite grey the day I climbed it but the photos below should give you some idea of how beautiful it is.
There is also a Sportive that includes the climb called the Marcha Cicloturita de Cabrales which you can see further details of here: http://www.cicloturistacabrales.com and here is their video of the climb:
Here are the stats and profile:
Average gradient to Collada de Caballar: 8.5%
Max Gradient: 21%
Altitude at the top: 1223m
profile by http://www.39x28altimetrias.com