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Apr 19, 2010
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Tour of Yemen - 5

Stage 5: Ahwar - Mukayris; 215 km

First GC relevant stage with 2 climbs. First 115 km are flat along the coast. Then comes first gradual climb and another flat. 'Aquabat Thirahis thesecondclimb and it's a beast. Only slightly shorter and less steep than
Zoncolan from Ovaro. The littleweight climbers will be a factor here. However you must have some energy left by the end of this climb, because stage doesn't end here. It's another 13 flat km till finish in Mukayris.

Climbs:
climb [#2] (138) - 18 km; 5% (contains 7,5 km long section with average 7,6%)
'Aquabat Thirah (202) - 9,7 km; 11,3% (has 34switchbacks)



 
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Tour of Yemen - 7

Stage 7: Aden (Shaykh Uthman) - At Turbah; 174 km

This is the first of two mountain stages sheduled for the second weekend of the tour. This one is going to create time gaps no matter what due to extreme steepnes of the climbs located near finish of stage 7. Stage starts in Aden (in the town of Shaykh Uthman). First climb, Naquil Ibüh, begins on 110th km at elevation 950 meters. This indicates that the first 110 km aren't just flat, since the start is at the sea level.
The steep sections of first big climb of the day doesn't kick off too early, first half of Naquil Ibüh have average about 5,4%. At this point of the stage everyone will be looking at what lies in front of them, the switchbacks of Naquil Ibüh(in the number of 35). However no look can tell you how tough it is to ride up. You know, 15% is quite steep grade to ascend, but it is manageable, when it lasts for few hundred meters, but here riders have to climb this beast with almost 6 km and average slope 15%. When at the top, they won't have much time to enjoy this great views.
But this is only one out of three climbs this day. Naquil 'Uzayz doesn't have pralude like Naquil Ibüh. It is appalling from the biginning. And unlike Naquil Ibüh, Naquil 'Uzayz is gravel road (we can only hope, that weather will be better than on that picture). After short descent riders are going up again and it is Naquil Ibüh what lies in front of them. From the top of second ascent to Naquil Ibüh it's just 8,5 km of partly flat partly slight descentto At Turbah.

Climbs:
Naquil Ibüh (122, 171) - 12 km; 10% (there is a section of 5,5 km with 15% average :eek:)
Naquil 'Uzayz (152) - 4,1 km; 13,6%



 
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Tour of Yemen - 8

Stage 8: Nayd an Nashamah - Jabal Sabir; 174 km

One more day till rest day and riders will be looking forward it. No rest waits for them on the second Sunday however. After start in Nayd an Nashamah they follow wide road to Ta'izz (the third largest city in Yemen with population of 600 000) and pass by Yufrus Monsque. They will be in Ta'izz and outskirts for about 35 km till the first big ascent of the day.
Jabal Saber is one long, but also quite steep climb and what's also important it has great tarmac. It's different than Naquil Ibüh, the gradient rarely goes above 12%, but that's his forte. It's so steady, but in high gradients, so weaker riders will be falling away like beads.
After off th eother side of the climb and 40 km of flat/rolling terrain, Jabal Saber comes on the menu once again. This time it's MTF (first and only one).

Climbs:
climb [#3] (13) 2 km; 9,2%
Jabal Saber (80) - 17,7 km; 9,1%
Jabal Saber (155) - 19 km; 8,8% (has around 55 switchbacks)



 
Stage 3: Selfoss - Grindavík, 164km





Climbs:
Eldborgarhraun (cat.3) 3,6km @ 4,2%
Bláfjallavegur (cat.2) 5,8km @ 3,6%
Krisurvíkurvegur (cat.3) 1,0km @ 9,3%

The last part of the first section of the race is entirely in the southwest of the island, starting in the municipality of Álborg, the largest of those in the very south. Selfoss is a growing town, but also its main claim to fame is that it was the site of a fairly large earthquake in 2008. The riders' first task is the flat trek down to the coast at Eyrarbakki, before the first climb of the day up to the edge of Eldborgarhraun on Þrengslavegur. After a short period on highway 1, the riders head onto their first category 2 ascent, the mid-length, but still very gradual (<4%) rise of Bláfjallavegur, although we only do the first two thirds of this, as the road up to Bláfjöll ski resort is a dead end.

The riders then take a gradual downhill back towards sea level before they turn south onto Krisurvíkurvegur, which leads us to the lake at Kleifarvatn. There is a short, steep dig at one point as the road circumnavigates the water, then shortly after this there is another nice little challenge for the riders - while parts of the 42 may have been poorly tarmacked, sections of the 427 aren't paved at all! After about 10km of this troublesome terrain, the roads become paved again, allowing the riders to enjoy their views of the remarkable volcanic coastline without worrying so much about punctures... though they may be glad not to be breathing through their noses as they pass the Sulphur Springs on the way into Grindavík, today's stage town.

After arriving in Grindavík, the riders have three laps of a 16,5km circuit to handle. This is nothing more than rolling and shouldn't disrupt too many riders, though it means the run-in may not be ideally suited for sprinting trains. There are two main things to note on the circuit - firstly the geothermal energy station, but mostly the world famous Bláa Lonið, known to the outside world as the Blue Lagoon, one of Iceland's premier attractions, and perhaps somewhere for the riders to rest up after the stage's exertions, being just outside the finishing town! The finish is absolutely dead straight for the last couple of kilometres, so if the rolling hills didn't let anybody get too far ahead before then, then this is pure sprintsville - the terrain goes up and down a couple of times though, so trains may find it hard to assert themselves.

Selfoss:


Grindavík:


After this the riders will transfer over to Keflavík, home to the country's main airport, where they will stay the night, while equipment will face a long evening's drive over the south side of the country ahead of tomorrow's race.
 
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Tour of Yemen - 9

Stage 9: Ta'izz - Uzullah; 172 km

After rest day in Ta'izz comes another hard stage. Firstly it encircles Jabal Saber and then heads north towards Ibb. Top of the first climb of this stage is in some town, but I don't know what's its name. On the way to Ibb there is oldest mosque in Yemen by the road.
At 95 km into the stagebegins first big challenge of the day. First 15 km have average only just over 3% and are paved. But at this mark (10 km to the end of the climb) begins the suffering. It's now gravel road and the average gradient for theese 10 km rises to 8%. The forthcoming descent is quite dangerous since it's steep (about 11%) and still on unpaved road. Cyclists will be happy it's only 5,5 km long. Next climb is really steep, but short. The road here would probably need some work to be done on it, because it looks far from road-bike rideable road. Fortunately at the top finaly begins another section of asphalted road as they go through the town Jiblah. After 20 km of downhill riders will be under the city of Ibb. There begins final climb of the day, which avoids Ibb and goes up, to the mountainsabove this city. This climb top at 2675 m.a.s.l.
Finish in Uzullah is 9 km further and 300 meters lower. Just before finish riders will pass by old fortress Hesn Habb.

Climbs:
climb [#4] (34) - 6,6 km; 7,3%
climb [#5] (121) - 25,5 km; 5,1%
Jiblah (129) - 2,6 km; 12,5%
climb [#6] (163) - 15 km; 6,8%



 
Stage 4: Djúpivogur - Neskaupstaður, 174km





Climbs:
Öxi (cat.1) 9,4km @ 5,5%
Stefansbud (cat.2) 2,0km @ 10,2%
Norðfjarðarvegur (cat.3) 1,7km @ 7,1%
Oddskarð (cat.1) 7,0km @ 9,5%

Before we start here, I will explain the logistics, as this is a lengthy transfer to a small community on the east of the island. After the third stage, much of the equipment will be driven along the ring road to the town of Höfn í Hornafirði. Höfn only has the one hotel, so naturally it is not capable of holding an entire race caravan, even for such a small event, so for this I have catered with the provision of boats, possibly cruise-style, to house people overnight. They will come in handy for riders and teams during this eastern leg of the race as small towns are unable to cater for the quantity of people arriving. The riders themselves will stay in Keflavík, close to the airport, before flying to Höfn airstrip early on the next day, when they will then take a shorter transfer by team bus to the small fishing town of Djúpivogur, where this longest stage of the race begins.

The scenery starts off as it means to go on in this stage, with one of the first sights being this waterfall. Maybe it's not the Sottoguda Gorge, but it's not bad, huh? After a short run on this the climb of Öxi begins. Here is an account from a German cyclotourist of the trials and tribulations of this infamous road - very smooth surface, but still noticeably a dirt road. While the riders are forcing their way up this gradual climb, the helicopters can look at the scenery. 5,5% is not enough to kill, but on unpaved roads it probably can cause a bit of damage. The road's in better nick than this now, but let's face it... this is not fun. The ascent at Stefansbud, actually a short and very steep rise that is a separate part of Öxi, is more of a threat, being over 10% on similar roads, but being back on Route 1, they are at least somewhat smoother and rideable. I wanted to put some suffering in the riders' legs ahead of the closing stages, but wanted to make sure that luck with regard to punctures and so on wouldn't be totally decisive, so these are a long, long way from the finish. The road starts to level out and the tarmac begins again, much to the riders' relief, on our way to Breiðdalsvík. This dramatically located fishing town is the start of the second part of our stage.

The roads from Breiðdalsvík along the coast are sweeping and grandiose; the Suðurfjarðavegur takes us along dramatic roads around Stöðvarfjörður, the glorious vistas of Fáskrúðsfjörður, before heading inland towards Fjarðabyggð through the Reyðarfjörður Tunnel. For this reason you must ignore the sharpest spike on the profile - it does not exist.

After leaving Fjarðabyggð, there is a small categorised climb on the coast road heading to Eskifjörður, an important town and port for eastern Iceland, but more importantly for the day's cycle racing, the base of our final climb for the day. On this picture of the town you can see the climb snaking away on the left hand side, as the road starts to turn dramatically uphill. The climbing up incredible landscape snaking its way up to the ski resort at Oddskarð is 7km long, but it averages a punishing 9,5%, and as you can see from the profile, there's not much in the way of let-up - it's 3km at 9%, followed by one at just 6%, then 3km at over 11%, with those last 2km being the toughest of all. The summit of the climb is just 15km from the line too, so expect plenty of GC action here - the riders have just got a similarly steep and fast descent and then a 5km flat run in to Neskaupstaður, a key fishing town on the edge of the Nörðfjörður, to finish. This will really turn the GC upside down no doubt, as this is definitely a climber's finish.

Djúpivogur:


Neskaupstaður:


(on that - I encourage you all to check out Mats Wibe Lund's site - the Icelandic Image Library. Some really breathtaking stuff in there)
 
Dec 16, 2011
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Tour of Scandinavia

Well, it took me a long time, but finally I can present you the Tour of Scandinavia! As some of you already mentioned, it was quite hard to design a challenging course, since Scandinavians does not seem to bother to build roads through the mountains. And when they do, they make a tunnel. Therefore I have reduced the lenght of this race from 3 to 2 weeks.

This tour will make use of the political definition of Scandinavia, which means that the route will bring us to Sweden, Denmark and Norway, but not to Iceland and Finland. A fun thing is that each weekend one of the capitals will be highlighted. The first weekend Stockholm, The second weekend Kobenhavn and the third weekend Oslo will be visited.

Prologue: Stockholm (7 KM)

As stated, the race will kick off in one of Europe's most beautiful city's: Stockholm. This short time trial will bring the riders from the 'Stadshuset' to the 'Opera' of Stockholm, while passing through all the other tourist attractions in this city. The course is flat, straightforward and thus quite easy. But that doesn't matter: there is still enough to come!

 
Jan 8, 2012
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Another_Dutch_Guy said:
As stated, the race will kick off in one of Europe's most beautiful city's: Stockholm. This short time trial will bring the riders from the 'Stadshus' to the 'Opera' of Stockholm, while passing through all the other tourist attractions in this city.
I'm really looking forward to see your Tour of Scandinavia. I have one remark though, if you start at the play button you actually go from the Opera to Stadshuset (City hall).

Otherwise I agree with Alpe, I really enjoy reading this thread.
 
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Stage 1: Uppsala - Leksand (211 KM)
The first road stage will bring the peloton into the heart of Sweden. The start shot will be in Uppsala, one of Sweden's biggest city's. After 211 rolling kilometres the peloton will reach the Leksand, where the finish is located upon the Siljan lake. The stage will definetely one for the sprinters!

 
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hoerpi said:
I'm really looking forward to see your Tour of Scandinavia. I have one remark though, if you start at the play button you actually go from the Opera to Stadshuset (City hall).

For the rest of the thread I agree with Alpe, I really enjoy reading this thread.
Haha, indeed you are right. I have changed the direction because otherwise a lot of turnarounds were required to take the bridges in the right direction.;)

Stage 2:Mora - Nipfjallet (166 KM)

This is just the second road stage, but it will already be a tricky one. Officially the Flatruetvägen is considered as Swedens highest road, but that is not entirely true. The road to Nipfjallet is higher. However, it is a military road. Luckily the organizer - me:D - has a lot of lobbying skills, and therefore it should be no problem to organize a stage finish over there.

The finishing climb is quite hard, but should not provide real big gaps. After passing through Idre the road will go gradually up with percentages around 6%. Then, after a short decent it is time for the final kick at the military road. The last 4 kilometres averages 8%, while peaks over 10% will be reached. Definetely, a climber will lead after this stage!

 
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Stage 3: Särna - Hövfjallet (206 KM)

This is just the third road stage. Still, it is already time for the second MTF! Today's stage starts rather easy, but will become more lumpy towards the finish. The final climb to the Hövfjallet ski station will be definetely decisive. This is a rather gradual climb (5 KM at 6,5 %). However, halfway is a tricky section of 2,5 KM at 8,5%.

 
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Stage 4: Torsby - Karlstad (174 KM)

Today is the second chance for the sprinters. After 55 KM there is a small climb to Länsväg, but the remaining of the stage will be completely flat. After 155 KM the peloton already arrives at the finishing line in Karlstad. After a local round around the Vänern lake the sprinters may contest for the victory!

 
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Stage 5: Mariestad - Huskvarna (178 KM)

This stage will bring the peloton from the largest to the second largest lake of Sweden. And again, it will be a tricky one. The first 2/3 of the stage is rather flat, but when the borders of the Vättern lake are reached, the terrain becomes rolling. The real trouble starts when the peloton reaches the three local rounds in Huskvarna, since each round consists the Norra Klevaliden climb. This climb might seem easy (average of 6% over 3,5 KM), but the numbers tell a wrong story since most of the hight will be gained in the first 1,5 KM. This part averages 10%! The finish is nearby the city along the Vättern lake.

 
Tour of Java - Prologue
Jakarta (Istiqlal Mosque) - Jakarta (Merdeka Square) - 6.97 Km






The long awaited first asian GT takes place in Indonesia, home of some of the most beautiful unknown volcanic climbs of the whole world.
We start in classic fashion with a city prologue. The course is completely flat, no significant gap to be made. Riders will leave just in front of the Istiqlal Mosque, the largest mosque in Southeast Asia and finish off in Medan Merdeka.


Istiqlal Mosque


Medan Merdeka
 
Tour of Java - Stage 1
Bogor - Anyer, 214.8 Km





First stage of the Tour will take us from the city of Bogor to a small village on the sea called Anyer, known for his ospitality and for being the port to Krakatau volcano.

First 40 kms of the stage are slightly downhill, then it's completely flat till the finish line. Don't mind the small bump aroun 30 kms from Anyer since gradients never go above 2%. The stage is fairly long and can esxpose riders to strong cross winds coming from the ocean in the last section. Anyway, barring crashes, this is entirely for the sprinters.

Bogor


Anyer


I'm sure the peloton will enjoy a relaxing massage on these white beaches.
 
Looking forward to these. I know very little of the possibilities for racing in Sweden (other than Huskvarna because of the old Tour of Sweden queen stages there) and Denmark (other than Vejle because of Kiddevej) so these should be interesting, even if I still expect most of the most important stages will take place in Norway (as they should, given the terrain of the countries!). Also, the direction of the route is interesting to me because it isn't what I expected - similar to roundabout's Peace Race, which kept me on my toes.

Java will be similarly exciting to me because I don't know much about the terrain in southeast Asia in terms of racing potential, so this will be a learning experience for me.
 
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Libertine, I loved your Tour de France. It was probably the closest to the one I would design that I have ever seen.

Rather than go through all the trouble of mapping, I will just list the changes I would make to turn it into my dream race.

I would find a way to include Puy de Dome. I don't care how unrealistic it is. That is why it is a dream tour.

I would spend one day in the Vendee and have a trip over the Passage du Gois, like in 1999. I would put it closer to the finish, about 10km to the finish?

I liked your Paris-Roubaix stage, however, I would consider removing some of the cobbled sections, and focus on the three hard sections -- Arbre, Mons-en-Pevele, and Arenberg Forest. Then I would put the finish line close to the end of the Arenberg Forest.

I would love to figure out a way to use the Col d'Izoard and the Cime de la Bonette in the Alps. I thought the use of the Bonette in the Tour a few years ago was a great race and even better TV images. It looked like they were on top of the Earth.

I am intrigued by the idea of climbing Alpe d'Huez by another route (I can't think of the nearby col's name) and then descending Alpe d'Huez instead of climbing it. And then, going to Les Deux Alpe, because it seems like we are overdue for a return there.

Other than that, I can't immediately think of anything I would want to include.
 
Stage 5: Borgarfjarðarhreppur - Vopnafjörður, 160km





Climbs:
Geldingafjall (cat.2) 5,5km @ 7,3%
Hellisheiði (cat.1) 7,0km @ 9,9%

Some of the riders will rest overnight in Egilsstaðir, but I would expect it's boats for most of them before today's stage, which starts in probably the tiniest place to host a pro race that there has ever been; Bakkagerði is the biggest settlement in the Borgarfjarðarhreppur municipality, which at last census had the whopping total of 141 inhabitants. However, this stage is more based around Fljótsdalshérað, the municipality in which much of the stage takes place.

The stage is similar in design to yesterday's; starting in the small coastal hamlet allows us to open the stage up with a decent-sized climb on sterrato up to Geldingafjall, a summit in the Elf mountains. After that, however, the stage is full of flatness, as the riders pass up the sides of the Lágarfljót, a long lake through which the river of the same name flows. It's actually more a stream of attractive lakes linked by wide river stretches, but them sharing the same name allows us to treat it as one continuous entity. nice paved roads take us around Hallormsstaðarskógur, Iceland's biggest forest, and past Hengifoss, another of Iceland's great waterfalls. There's actually a Loch Ness-style mythical beast in Lágarfljót, called Lagarfljótsormurinn, or "The Lágarfljót Worm".

The intermediate sprint will take place at the top of Lágarfljót, in the town of Egilsstaðir, the largest settlement in eastern Iceland with over 2250 inhabitants. After this, the riders will head back towards the north coast over the opposite side of Lágarfljót; you can see the road snaking away from the town in this shot as the riders head towards the big punishment of the day.

It's back to the sterrato-styled climbing, with this winding road up to Hellisheiði, with the riders gasping for mercy over 7km of ludicrously punishing, dramatic ascent at a shade under 10%. This is the profile, with more tolerable stages at 6% tempered by some really tough stuff, with the 6th kilometre being especially brutal, averaging a mind-boggling 14%! This one should have people in very small groups, cresting with 28km to go, so riders will need to do some hard work if they want to ensure they make the most of the advantages to be gained on these harsh climbs. The first half of the descent is comparatively shallow, which is good as it's unpaved. The steeper bottom half of it is at least tarmac as the riders arrive back at the coast. There is still time for a last glorious waterfall before the frenetic, rolling last 20km into Vopnafjörður, fabled town of dragons and today's finishing town.

Borgarfjarðarhreppur:


Vopnafjörður:
 
Tour of Java - Stage 2
Pandeglang - Pelabuhan Ratu, 194,2 Km





Climbs:
Cikarang (Cat. 2): 8,6 km @ 3,7%
Cilebang (Cat. 2): 5,5 km @ 5,1%
Ciparay (Cat. 2): 2,8 km @ 13,1%
Unknown climb (Cat. 2): 3,1 @ 11,1%
Cibadak (Cat. 1): 4,7 @ 9,8%
Unknown climb (Cat. 2): 2,5 km @ 7,9%
Ridogalih (Cat. 1): 6,4 @ 7,7%


Second stage will give us a taste of the road conditions in this beautiful part of the world and likely some action from the top riders of the bunch. It starts from the city of Pandeglang, stays flat for about 65th km and then takes off.

There are seven climbs providing points for the KoM battle, plus many more bumps along the way. Riders will forget how a flatland looks like, going up and down for 130 kms and a total gain of 3300m.

Last climb is roughly 20 kms from the finish but then a steep and technical descent brings us to Pelabuhan Ratu, giving the brave ones extra motivation to try and attack from afar. Even if the climbs weren't enough, the narrow roads and tricky turns placed throughout the course will make it impossible to control the race. Add some monsonic rains in the mix and this could turn out to be a legendary stage.

Pandeglang


Pelabuhan Ratu
 
Jun 28, 2012
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I'd love to see some mockups of what might be a good 2016 course for Rio. I wonder if I could work the Pico das Agulhas Negras into it, if I want to get REALLY adventurous...an MTF for the Olympics, perhaps?
 
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http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/118117243

Here's the thought...obviously, this would be a better Grand Tour stage, with the 20k monster at the end of the route (although the elevation figures are off, the climb is right about that distance, and having looked under ridewithgps.com, the max gradients are closer to 30%), but here's something along the lines of what I'm thinking...
 
I'd think it would be more than enough to have the finish within the city at one of the great landmarks.

About 8km at just under 7% will take you to the base of this:


Also, if you want a HC MTF, then why not climb up into Petrópolis taking the Estrada Velha de Estrela? It's about 13km at 6%. But there's a twist:







...the entire thing is cobbled.
 

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