What? The most beautiful and challenging stage of the week for many people with a 185 km course: how many times can you do that in China? As cherry-on-the-pie, there is the cobblestone climb, The Wall of Tian Tai, at km 62
Where? Start and finish at Wenzi Guangchang, 100m from Jade Crown Jian Guo event hotel
When? Start at 7:45 a.m. Short distance 8:15 a.m.
How? Start and finish is in front of the event hotel at the Wenzi square, so even if you are not staying in this hotel, you will know where it is as the race briefing takes place there on Tuesday afternoon 17:30.
Red flag: 1) Checkpoints everywhere, so don’t even think about short-cutting. 2) A long stage, check the status of your tyres beforehand.
Bottom line: This stage provides a real granfondo experience with cycling on smaller countryside roads and fantastic backdrops of the Gaoligong mountain range for the first half. The roads, generally on good surface, twist and turn continuously, and go up-and-down, sometimes steeply so. At km 62, there is a Flemish-style climb of 1.2 km, the Wall of Tian Tai, on cobblestones. The stones are not like Roubaix, but still. More than any other stage, this one requires effort-management. The first 80 km are the toughest, and you do want to conserve energy for the last 100 km…. The CUT at the finish is 11h00 (= 6:45 p.m.). The scenery is so breathtaking you won’t want to stop, though!
Short distance is 33 km
Tengchong is an up-and-coming city with a domestic airport.
The place has a significant role in 20th century Chinese history.
As in Ruili, be aware of limited western food options in Tengchong.
There’s a bar street with a cooperative bar not far from Guanfang Hotel and race start venue.
Event Hotel: Jade Crown Jian Guo Jiu Dian. Recommended.
Other hotels: [LINK]
07:15 - Opening Ceremony at Tengchong’s Wenzi square
07:45 - Start long distance group
08:15 - Start short distance group
18:45 - CUT - Finish closes at Wenzi Square
** Cut-off times along the route are TBC