Stage one takes you into the remote territory of the Muong Hum valley.
The race begins on a rocky trail which quickly splits the racing up. After a river crossing comes the day’s first climb, but from here to the village of Muong Hum there is plenty of downhill with some smaller, punchy rises 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.
Next comes a single track section through paddies before the major climb of the day. Climbing efforts are then rewarded with a steep descent which is an absolute blast. After a stunning river crossing over a wooden bridge you’ll hit ‘Kien’s Trail’ single track through freshly harvested paddy fields before the run in to the finish.
Today’s finish village is set on a local sports field by the river. Enjoy food, drinks and the awards presentation.