27km / 1,250m gain
After a neutral start from the town of Sapa the flag will drop before a mixed section of flowing and technical single track.
Next comes the first part of the adventure as you dismount from your bike in order to pass safely through a very small village that feels a world away from Sapa. After this you will cross a bridge and pass along the bank of a river on the lip of a rice paddy – parts of this can also be pretty adventurous and you may need to throw your bike over your shoulder for parts depending on the day’s conditions.
Today’s main climbing challenge is a steady 7km rise which brings you to one last killer view with the town of Sapa in the distance below.
At the end of the stage you will take on a technical section of downhill single track, parts of which have been specially prepared for this stage by Recreation Trail Solutions. Some riders will want to dismount and walk parts of this.
At the race finish area we’ll have a podium for the day’s stage and the overall winners for the first edition of the Vietnam Mountain Bike Marathon!