After a tortuous climb away from Melbourne on the previous stage, stage 388 offers something by way of respite. There’s less than ten per cent of the climbing that characterised stage 387, and almost three times as much descending as there is climbing. This one’s a downhiller!
The descent kicks in almost immediately and it’s not until the junction with Upper Goulburn Road at four miles that the Princes Highway throws up a significant climb, and even that is short lived over a three mile stretch that passes by Tallarook Bushland Reserve at five miles. There’s a much steeper, albeit short descent at seven miles on entry to the service area at “The Foodary” after which it’s mainly flat to eleven miles, although there is a small down/up over Sunday Creek as the M31 Hume Freeway skirts around the western side of Seymour.
The road hangs a big right hander as it crosses the Goulburn River at thirteen miles and shortly after that the route turns left off the M31 onto the M39 Goulburn Valley Freeway. The rest of the stage is relatively flat as it heads north past Mangalore Nature Conservation Reserve at seventeen miles before entering a meandering right/left/right combo of bends at Tabilk Bushland Reserve on approach to the finish.
Distance: 23 miles / 37 kilometres
Ascent: 125 feet / 38 metres
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Max elevation: 888 ft
Min elevation: 677 ft
Total climbing: 124 ft
Total descent: -320 ft
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