A stage that heads relentlessly south and a tiny bit east, 207’s got plenty to challenge you. For starters, the rollout is steep and uphill: a climb of almost two hundred feet in a mile and a half will sort the field out straight from the off. Thereafter it’s a nice gentle downhill all the way to ten miles with the railway as your constant companion on the left hand side of the road.
It’s lumpy up and down from miles ten to fifteen, all of which is in the depths of the forest, before a sharp dip drops you down to the lowest elevation of the stage – 1150ft, at sixteen miles: and that’s where the fun starts.
From sixteen miles to the finish, all eight miles of it, you’re climbing, except for one tiny wee bit of respite at eighteen miles: indeed after that wee dip, the climb is incessant and a bit of a slog, rising three hundred feet over those final six few miles.
Although the vast majority of the stage is in the forest, the road does exit into a clearing just before Uk, but that’s short lived because the finishing line is back in the trees on the other side of town.
Distance: 24 miles / 38 kilometres
Ascent: 781 feet / 238 metres
RGT Magic Road: D5RGafzlc9DG
Max elevation: 1585 ft
Min elevation: 1171 ft
Total climbing: 781 ft
Total descent: -395 ft
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