Stage 5 Jackson - Mount Washington; 247,1km
The queenstage of this race features the obvious monster MTF, it's a hard climb for a race like this one, but we still have a final ITT to balance things out.
The race starts in Jackson nh
and after 2,6km we have the first short climb, 1,5km at 8% on the Glen Ledge rd.
After that the next climb is the Crawford Notch rd
, 3,2km at 5% with 400m at 8%.
After that we have lots, of false flat, the riders will ride on the [url=images/appalachianviews/appalachianviews1411/appalachianviews141101362/33890578-Autumn-color-on-Owls-Head-Highway-in-White-Mountain-National-Forest-New-Hampshire--Stock-Photo.jpg]Owls head Highway[/url]
After 95km we reach Gorham, then the next climb on the White Mountain rd starts, mostly false flat but the final 1,6km are at 5%, but the final and we come very close to Mount Washington but we won't climb it right now, we'll ride southwards to Jackson and ride the whole circuit one again until we meet the Monster for the 2nd time.
After 235km of racing the agony starts, Mount Washington
, the American Zoncolan, 12km at 11,9%
with 22% steep ramps, this will be heaven for the lightweight climbers and torture for the rest.
After such a long stage we could see big gaps on such a hard climb, if you aren't a pure climber you have to climb such a monster at your own pace or you'll crack and loose way more time.
Mount Washington is also known because it's such a windy climb, hurricane-force wind gusts are observed from the summit of the mountain on average of 110 days per year. I know, that sounds a little bit extreme but it shouldn't be such a big problem durning the warmer months and we also climb Ventoux.
You also have to consider that most of the storms happen durning the winter early spring/late autumn, so it shouldn't be such a big problem for a bike race that takes place in the warmer months.