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Stage 691 – Arnprior to Almonte

Around The World is not going to be travelling through the heart of Ottawa city. That much is confirmed by this stage which continues on south/south east to what looks on paper like a probable detour around the south side of the city. It’s another lumpy stage and it’s uphill, with most of the climbing once again reserved for the second half.

The rollout is immediately uphill past Arnprior Airport before the road dives downhill to cross the Madawaska River where is flows into the Ottawa River in the heart of Arnprior. The road takes a right onto Highway 17 over the bridge then then another sharp right followed by a left onto Highway 29 in order to get to the eastern side of Lake Madawaska upstream of the river. All of that maneuvering is on a steep climb to four miles.

The road then negotiates a series of left/right bends over the course of the next seven miles to Pakenham at eleven miles where the road meets the Mississippi river. The road remains on the western (right) hand side of the river as it drives on south before crossing Indian Creek where it flows into the Mississippi at thirteen miles. After the crossing, Highway 29 climbs steeply to fifteen miles where it hangs a left and runs straight but lumpy past Mississippi Mills at seventeen miles and the Indian River a mile later where is flows into the Mississippi.

Thereafter, t’s three miles from Indian River to Almonte, and the terrain is both lumpy and slightly uphill. The finish of the stage is on the way back out of Almonte just after Old Perth Road on a short sharp climb.

Distance: 22 miles / 35 kilometres

Ascent: 525 feet / 160 metres

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Total distance: 21.45 mi
Max elevation: 412 ft
Min elevation: 280 ft
Total climbing: 519 ft
Total descent: -430 ft

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