Originally Posted by theyoungest
Let me quote my own post from a few pages back. This I found on Google:
It sounds quite hard, surely for the allrounders like EBH it could be a bit of a problem. Yes, there's still 7 kms to the finish, but it's 7 kms of technical descent, apparently.
I drove the climb and descent this morning, here's what I got. My percentages are guesses, yours could be more accurate, and some of my distances are approximate ( it's a little hard to drive, read the odometer AND write down your readings.)
0 – Junction Corkscrew Rd and Gorge Rd. Gently curving up to
1 – One lane bridge. A few curves kicking up to ~4-5 %
1.8 Straightens out and gradually increases in pitch
2.4 Kicks up again, series of hairpin bends. Guessing 8 – 10 %, more on the bends. I think this is the steepest part
3.2 Eases off just a bit, short straight section then a couple more hairpins
3.7 Top and junction with Montacute Road. Descent not as steep as the climb, and no hairpins (but one bend sharp enough to have a 25/KPH sign). I would say steady 5 – 7% and many S bends
~7 Hamlet of Montacute. Pitch drops to ?2-4% , still curvy but gentler
~11 Roundabout, road widens, few curves. From Roundabout to finish~1.5 K later, is still down but only ~1%
It will be a VERY fast 7 K
The road surface between the top and Montacute is pretty rough.
I'm not prone to bold predictions, but would be very surprised if there are any sprinters left or any kind of organised chase on this descent. Possible scenario is small group at the top with a pretty exciting descending race (ala Mendriso?)
There probably won't be any big gaps between GC contenders, but none of them can afford to relax on this one.
Hard part is figuring out where to be, the top of the Corkscrew would be great but will be hard to get to.