Not the painfest of the last couple of stages, but a stiff test of your stamina nevertheless. If you make it to five miles in this stage, then you’ll make it to the end.
The rollout is tough and it gets increasingly tougher. Leaving behind Yakshur-Bod’ya, you’re already climbing by the time you pass through Yakshurskoye at two miles and from there the road just goes increasingly skywards. Meandering left and right into the forest, by the time you reach five miles, you’ve climbed almost four hundred feet, over half of the payload on the stage.
It’s then lumpy but every so slightly downhill for a further five miles, passing through Solov’i and Al’man, and the descent gathers pace as you head down past Lake Tyloy to Zagrebino at twelve miles. Away from the lake, the M7 highway rises again before dropping back down to cross the Nyaz river at sixteen miles.
The road hangs a left straight after the river as it passes through Verkh-Nyaz and follows the river’s course along a lumpyish flat section to Chutyr’ adjacent to Lake Nyaz at eighteen miles. The stage passes through Lyal’shur at nineteen miles before rolling into Nyaz-Vortsy a mile later. As has been the case many times on recent stages, that marks the start of a steep climb up to the finish: at two miles and two hundred feet, it’s sure to set up a frantic finish and only the strongest riders will be left to contest the downhill sprint to the line in the final mile.
Distance: 22 miles / 35 kilometres
Ascent: 784 feet / 239 metres
RGT Magic Road: pWr8tWSW2uK2
Max elevation: 887 ft
Min elevation: 502 ft
Total climbing: 784 ft
Total descent: -499 ft
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