Stage 681 tacks east/south east across the landscape north of Lake Nipissing in southern Ontario. It’s a flat stage with less than a hundred feet of ascent and only slightly more of descent. But that’s enough to make it a descender, particularly towards the end, and with some certainty you can claim that this stage is a powerfest. The stage follows the railway line and the Veuve River to just short of halfway, then both deviate off to the south as the road carries on heading east and south east.
The rollout is steep and downhill for a mile to the Veuve River, then having reached it, the road remains flat for five miles to Verner where Highway 64 heads south past the lake to North Monetville. After Verner, it’s lumpy up and down on an otherwise flattish route to ten miles where the road curves right as it crosses the Cache River.
Highway 17 is now heading straight and south east, passing Cache Bay at thirteen miles before curving left into West Nipissing two miles later where it crosses the Sturgeon River on the approach into the town. The road climbs gently through West Nipissing, but on the eastern side of town at Coursol Road by Castle Building Centre, it begins a long straight gentle descent that continues all the way to the finishing line approaching the northern shore of the lake on the way to North Bay.
Distance: 22 miles / 35 kilometres
Ascent: 112 feet / 34 metres
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Max elevation: 691 ft
Min elevation: 642 ft
Total climbing: 112 ft
Total descent: -161 ft
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