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Stage 240 – Dulaahhaan to Darkhan

Wow! What a stage this is!

It starts off gently enough but you’ve only got a mile to get your legs up to speed before all hell breaks loose. Between one mile and three miles, the road rises six hundred feet as it snakes left and right on approach to the long straight from four miles. That climb will burn your legs.

The straight that follows after you’ve gone over the top is six miles long, taking you close to Javkhlant before a further lumpy six mile climb kicks in. It would be tempting to announce that once you get to fifteen miles, that’s the climb over, but alas that’s far from the truth because the two miles after that kick up almost another three hundred feet.

To describe this terrain as rural would be an understatement. Villages and towns are at a premium so all you have to go by is the landscape, and it’s almost certainly as scenic (and sparse) on RGT as it is in real life.

Once you crest the second summit of 2900ft at seventeen miles, you might be forgiven for thinking that the hard work is done. Sadly that’s not the case however because although you experience some respite back down to 2600ft at twenty one miles, the rest of the stage is uphill: it’s nowhere as dramatic as anything that went before but there’s still a hundred feet of climbing to get out of those tired legs.

Distance: 25 miles / 40 kilometres

Ascent: 1224 feet / 373 metres

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Total distance: 24.49 mi
Max elevation: 2926 ft
Min elevation: 2427 ft
Total climbing: 1223 ft
Total descent: -909 ft

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