Ouch! Seven hundred feet of climbing in nine miles, straight from the off: and 3400ft is possibly the highest elevation of the journey to date. That kick off will seriously burn your legs.
But the good news is that the next eight miles from nine to seventeen are the exact opposite and you can either take a rest or put the hammer down because the road loses six hundred feet of the ascent that you just worked so hard to gain.
From seventeen miles, you’re back up again, but not so seriously this time and the climb tops out at just over three thousand feet on twenty miles, and after that you downhill pretty much all the way to the finish except for a flat approach into the finish.
The geography’s interesting on the stage because it starts in Darkhan-Uul province before crossing into Selenge province at nine miles: one wonders whether the border between the two provinces was historically determined by the top of the mountain, because that’s where the provincial crossover takes place.
In terms of towns, there’s nothing: just mile after mile of rural landscape, although the railway does rejoin the road at twenty three miles, just before the finish, having presumably avoided the worst of the initial climb by taking a long detour to the west.
Distance: 25 miles / 40 kilometres
Ascent: 1112 feet / 339 metres
RGT Magic Road: 1pHbTZHDqkg9
Max elevation: 3404 ft
Min elevation: 2681 ft
Total climbing: 1112 ft
Total descent: -994 ft