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Stage 714 – La Pocatiere to Sainte Helene de Kamouraska

Tacking north east up the eastern side of the St Lawrence River. It’s been a recurring theme for quite a while now and it remains so throughout stage 714. Despite finishing at a more northerly latitude than even the most northern point of Maine (USA), the stage shows no sign of relinquishing its route along the river. The route is relatively flat but throws up a couple of testing climbs along the way, one just before halfway and the other at three quarter distance.

The rollout from La Pocatiere is lumpy flat for five miles, crossing the Riviere Ouelle in the town of the same name after four miles shortly after crossing over the main Autoroute Jean-Lesage (Route 20) where the Le Grand Ruisseau also crosses under the road. The route swings left then right on leaving Riviere Ouelle, climbing steeply as it does so up the hillside to the highest point on the stage at eight miles.

With the Cours d’eau Deschenes flowing down to the St Lawrence on the left of the road, and the Ruisseau de la Plaine on the right, Highway 132 makes its way back down the hillside to the St Lawrence River where multiple streams flow into the main course, the most prominent of which is the Ruisseau de Bras at twelve miles as the road hangs a right/left combo of bends on the riverbank.

As the waterways continue to cross under the road, the Cours d’eau Derriere le Cap is next up at fourteen miles ahead of a steep climb that peaks at sixteen miles ahead of a descent down to Kamouraska followed by the crossing of the river of the same name a mile later where it flows into the St Lawrence. Tributaries flowing into the St Lawrence is a recurring theme that’s repeated at nineteen miles by the Cours d’eau Chaloult and a further unnamed stream just a mile from the finish on a gentle descent back down to the river near the viewpoint at Le Racouin.

Distance: 23 miles / 37 kilometres

Ascent: 305 feet / 93 metres

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Total distance: 22.6 mi
Max elevation: 145 ft
Min elevation: 22 ft
Total climbing: 296 ft
Total descent: -314 ft

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