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Stage 411 – Gilgandra to Tooraweenah

Stage 411 is a climber, and it’s a climber that becomes more of a challenge the longer the stage goes on. It won’t completely burn your legs up like a mountain stage would, but you’ll certainly know you been in a contest by the finish.

The rollout is relatively calm as the Newell Highway rumbles on north east away from Gilgandra. The road climbs gently for two miles from the off before flattening out and maybe even descending a little before reaching Yalcogrin State Forest at five miles. Beyond the forest, the road climbs up to seven miles before flattening back out to the end of a six mile straight at Bideden Creek. The right hander that follows then swings back left the other way on a three mile loop of segmented straight roads as the climb begins in earnest.

At sixteen miles the A39 hangs a long right hander for a brief run east before re-establishing the north easterly run a mile later. Perhaps the toughest part of the stage is the next four miles because as the lumpy climb continues, the road is dead straight for four miles as one false summit follows after another.

Eventually, after the completing steepest part of the climb at twenty one miles, the road reaches the Toraweenah Rest Area where Tooraweenah Road crosses the Newell Highway, and the finish line is a couple of hundred metres east of the junction at the start of the next climb.

Distance: 23 miles / 37 kilometres

Ascent: 846 feet / 258 metres

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Total distance: 22.51 mi
Max elevation: 1368 ft
Min elevation: 910 ft
Total climbing: 846 ft
Total descent: -384 ft

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