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Stage 279 – Dongyuanzi to Yaojiaying

The penultimate day in China, indeed the penultimate day in Asia, and it takes you almost down to sea level: but not until after you’ve climbed back up to four hundred feet before halfway.

The main features of the stage are a trip through Huailia after four miles, a sight check of the impressive interchange on the Jingxin and Jingzang expressways between eight and nine miles, then a big looping left hander around the inside of Lake Guanting between miles thirteen and eighteen. Once the bend ends, the road straightens into Beixinbao town which sets up a five mile run in to the finish.

In terms of ascent and descent, the rollout is uphill and continues that way for nine miles. The gradient is never steep, rising only two hundred feet in total, but it’s unrelenting and it will hurt if you want to ride at pace. Miles nine to eleven are down and up before the descent begins in earnest. A six mile descent begins at eleven miles, and it drops the elevation down to just seventy feet above sea level. That’s followed by a small climb to twenty miles before the final gentle descent down to the finish approaching Zhangshanying town.

Distance: 24 miles / 38 kilometres

Ascent: 331 feet / 101 metres

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Total distance: 24.03 mi
Max elevation: 432 ft
Min elevation: 50 ft
Total climbing: 332 ft
Total descent: -506 ft

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