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Stage 7

Lake Ellesmere

A nice flat mountain biking stage for the first half and then a sting in the tail for the second. A last chance for teams to stretch their legs as they head off on a broad circuit around the edge of Lake Ellesmere. The backroads and tracks are flat and fast, which will be a welcome relief to most teams. Part of the stage travels along the Little River Rail Trail, which also enjoys the kind of gradient made for the end of a race. However, the joy is short-lived as teams have one final climb to conquer; a 750m+ ascent over the southern end of the Banks Peninsular, that will ultimately lead them to a speedy descent down into Wainui (and maybe even a glimpse of the finish line across the bay).

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Start Finish Distance Ascent Descent Estimated Fast Time Estimated Slow Time
Rakaia Huts Wainui 83km 780m 780m 6hr 8.30hr
Start Finish Distance Ascent Descent Estimated Fast Time Estimated Slow Time
Rakaia Huts Wainui 83km 780m 780m 7hr 9hr
Start Finish Distance Ascent Descent Estimated Fast Time Estimated Slow Time
Rakaia Huts Wainui 83km 780m 780m 7hr 9hr

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