Stage one takes you into the remote territory of the Muong Hum valley.
Please note this stage has been updated following the rainy season.
The race begins near the village of Ban Khoan on a rocky trail. After a short section of road you’ll be back on dirt and following a river crossing you will take on the day’s first proper climbing challenge. From here to the village of Muong Hum there is plenty of downhill, but also plenty of smaller solid climbs to mix it up. You’ll be riding on paths between villages which you can expect to share with pigs, chickens and kids herding buffalo.
Shortly after the rocky downhill to Muong Hum the major climbing starts with 9km of up. In good weather the following descent is a blast with some steep sections and sharp turns so keep your eye out for the markings.
After another climbing test you’ll hit a rocky downhill. Weather permitting, you’ll then head onto another great section of single track through freshly harvested paddy fields then dismount your bike for a river crossing. From here you’ll head onto a flatter stretch of riding. To top off the stage you’ll hit some fast downhills before cutting sharply back onto tarmac for a rapid descent to the river bank finish line.
Today’s finish village is set on a local sports field by the river. Enjoy food, drinks and the awards presentation.