Stage 409 is like an elongated ‘S’ shape heading north out of Dubbo. It’s lumpy, it’s bumpy, and it just shades it as a downhill stage, except that it definitely doesn’t feel like it.
The rollout rips through Dubbo town centre, running alongside then crossing the Macquarrie River on a fast downhill descent punctuated by a short rise after a mile. The river crossing at two miles precedes a left hander into Bourke Street that heads out of town past the Devil’s Elbow then the Golf West Driving Range.
As the A39 trundles along a lumpy flat section after leaving town, it crosses Troy Creek at five miles then the Talbrager River at seven miles at the start of five mile climb to the highest elevation of the stage at twelve miles. The climb passes by Brocklehurst at seven miles then enters a short descent before the climb picks up again at nine miles. The summit at twelve miles is just past the Wandarra Road junction off the Newell Highway, heading east.
Off the top, there’s a short descent to Mogriguy National Park two miles away on the right before the road flattens out and straightens out from sixteen miles, although the flatness can best be describes as lumpy all the way to the finish, with thirty foot climbs and descents commonplace over the final six miles.
Distance: 23 miles / 37 kilometres
Ascent: 436 feet / 133 metres
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Max elevation: 1014 ft
Min elevation: 860 ft
Total climbing: 435 ft
Total descent: -468 ft