Gain: 1,800m

Today we roll from Topas Ecolodge which, at 18km from Sapa town, is as remote as many people get in this region. For you however, this is is just the beginning of today’s adventure.

After a neutral warm up you’ll begin racing with some gravel climbing before a fast rocky downhill section to a tiny Red Dao village.

Next the big fun begins! You’ll head onto a trail, weave through traditional houses, then hit a huge section of single track which plunges for kilometres down to the valley floor. This section was a big highlight for most riders at the 2016 race!

After a river crossing you’ll make your way to The Killer, a climb which rises 1,000m back out of the valley. From here you will hit a fast section through the middle of rice terraces. The next section will test what’s left of your legs (and arms!) before you are rewarded with one last downhill single track blast to the finish line at Thanh Phu village.

Thanh Phu village is home to many of the staff involved in our race series, so you can expect a warm welcome for the drinks, food and awards presentation.