At over six hundred feet of climbing per stage, the average ascent on each stage has never been higher than it’s been these last few stages: and it’s set to go higher yet once the journey enters Mongolia and you face up to the mountains in the north of the country.
But first you’ve to conquer what remains of Siberia, and stage 234 is the just the latest to take you onwards towards the border. This is an uphill stage from start to finish, with a couple of short-lived exceptions at ten miles and at twenty two miles. The rest of the stage climbs, albeit gently for the most part.
The rollout from Nizhny Ubukun is south westerly towards Nizhneubukunskoy, which passes by at five miles. As has been the case for a long while now, the railway runs alongside the road and in Nizhneubukunskoy, the two are literally side by side. As the A165 highway leaves town, so it begins a meandering lumpy climb to Sredny Ubukun at ten miles. Although there’s a short descent soon after, the climbing quickly returns as you head up to Zhargalanta at fifteen miles. The profile flattens a little as the route approaches Zagustay at nineteen miles but the the inclination kicks up again to the summit of the stage at just over 2200ft just after twenty miles. That’s followed by a brief descent but from twenty two miles, it’s uphill again all the way to the finish.
Distance: 24 miles / 38 kilometres
Ascent: 636 feet / 194 metres
RGT Magic Road: BWxG2C36a1kM
Max elevation: 2216 ft
Min elevation: 1816 ft
Total climbing: 633 ft
Total descent: -267 ft