Stage 272 – Hongfeng Village to Ulanqab

就这样开始了:向北京的漫长下坡路,距离北京还有九个赛段。但是从海拔近五千英尺的地方开始,下坡必须尽快开始,第272赛段在向南到乌兰察布的24英里内,海拔下降了700英尺。

虽然自行车赛道、二广公路、东河公路和铁路线在许多赛段中都很接近,但它们从未像大路朝天火车站和十二英里处的三岔镇与宫古镇的交叉口之间那样接近。

下坡在赛段的八英里处开始,几乎一直持续到终点,在十六和十九英里处留下了小而短的爬坡。在接近乌兰察布北部边缘的Malianqu镇时,路线向左急转,向东行驶,有效地绕过了城市的中心。乌兰察布市在2003年才被设立为地级市,拥有170万人口。该市的西部曾是中国绥远省的所在地,现在已不复存在。

在18英里处的左转弯处,道路在赛段的剩余部分向南行驶,在接近终点小白海子镇时缓缓下降,在最后的6英里处与吉昌高速公路并行。

距离:24英里/38公里

上升高度:312英尺/95米

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And so it begins: the long descent down to Beijing, which is still nine stages away. But starting at almost five thousand feet above sea level, the descent had to start soon, and stage 272 loses seven hundred feet of elevation over its twenty four mile run south to Ulanqab.

The rollout is south easterly and lumpy flat for five miles, passing by Benhong town after just a couple of miles, before a long right hander swings the road round to the south west. although the cycle route, the Erguang highway, the Donghe road and the railway line have been in close proximity for a number of stages, never have they been so close together as they are between Daludhao railway station and the intersection to Sanchengiu town and Gongou town at twelve miles.

The descent starts in earnest around eight miles into the stage and continues pretty much all the way to the end, leaving aside small but short climbs at sixteen and nineteen miles. On approach to Malianqu town on the northern edge of Ulanqab, the route hangs a sharp left, taking an eastern course that effectively bypasses the centre of the city. Ulanqab itself was only created as prefecture level city as recently as 2003 and boasts a population of 1.7 million people. The western part of the city used to reside in the now defunct Chinese province of Suiyuan.

Having taken the left hander at eighteen miles, the road heads due south for the remainder of the stage, descending gently on approach to the finish at Xiaobai Haizi town, running alongside the Jichang expressway for the last six miles.

Distance: 24 miles / 38 kilometres

Ascent: 312 feet / 95 metres

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