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Stage 124 – Nestiukovo to Baibolovka

Having taken a northerly detour around the giant Nizhnekamsk reservoir a good few stages ago, you are now heading south east on the road to Yekaterinburg, which is still about ten stages away. Stage 124 is lumpy up and down the whole way with practically no flat road.

The rollout kicks off a four mile 150ft climb to the first forest of the day just after Bol’shoy Burtym. The crest is followed by a three descent to a double river crossing: the Ryzh at seven miles followed by the Mulyanka, not once but twice. The second of those, just after leaving the E22 highway to head through Bershetskoye, marks the start of a quite severe three mile climb, the mid section of which may well have you reaching for the small chain ring.

Then there’s a six mile descent (with a couple of lumps thrown in, naturally), passing by Proyektirovshchik before arriving in Rosinka at seventeen miles. And that’s pretty much it for the fun descents for today because the climb up to the junction to Kukushtanka at twenty miles is just a slog. But there are still two more rivers to cross, first a river of a similar name, the Kushtanka, after which the climb resumes, then the road dives downhill to cross the Platoshinka river just before the finish line: when I say ‘just before’, that infers an uphill sprint to the line, of course.

Distance: 22 miles / 35 kilometres

Ascent: 568 feet / 173 metres

RGT Magic Road: PPeOMlhTbG34

Total distance: 22 mi
Max elevation: 732 ft
Min elevation: 496 ft
Total climbing: 569 ft
Total descent: -393 ft

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