What? A serious roller coaster ride through the magnificent countryside of Ruili, also in Dehong Prefecture. The course flattens out as the day progresses.
Where? Start and finish at Ruili jie gao guo men, in front of the borderpost, as in yesterday’s stage
When? Start at 8:30 a.m.; short distance at 8:45 a.m.
How? If you finished the long distance race yesterday, you know where the start/finish today is. Short distance: go to the Myanmar border (but don’t cross it)
Red flag: Don’t be silly and do not attempt short-cutting. We catch you, you’re out of the whole granfondo event. No mercy. Besides, we have several checkpoints in place.
Bottom line: Easy at first to warm up for a longish moderate slope, before hitting a countryside road after 21 km with steeper gradients. After a rather fast descent, it’s mangia e bevi , up-and-down , until a second genuine climb to a big water reservoir. Riding down from there leads to generally flattish roads to the finish. A stage with spice - 1600 hm - , but if you manage your efforts well, you should reach the finish relatively fresh for the nighttime dinner & drinks before the first rest day.
Uphill finish for short distance riders at km 21
Ruili is the main border city between China and Myanmar.
Event Hotel: Jing Cheng Earthsea SPA.
Other hotels: [LINK]
Relax those tired legs at a hot spring in Ruili
08:30 Start long distance group
08:45 Start short distance group
16:30 CUT - Finish in Ruili closes
** Cut-off times along the route are TBC