What? Brand new stage for 2019 featuring the big Yingjiang River and the beautiful ethnic mountain village of Tongbiguan, close to the Myanmar border. Some call it a ‘hidden paradise’.
Where? Start at the theme park in Yingjiang. Finish at Tongbiguan at a big ethnic square next to a lake area (long distance)
When? Start is at 9:00 a.m. (TBC)
How? Easy to get to the start from any hotel in the city. After the finish, busses will take riders back down the mountain
Red flag: Don’t be silly and do not attempt short-cutting. We catch you, you’re out of the whole granfondo event. After the finish in Tongbiguan, we cannot allow you to descend by bike, sorry for that but it’s the way it is.
Bottom line: Starting from Yingjiang City, the route has a few bumps before a moderate climb after km 20 (long distance only). Then a descent riding through mountain villages, before a long flattish section along the river banks. The finish line is up at Tongbiguan, though, on the Col du Daonong. Enjoy your time at the finish, tomorrow is a rest day! Busses - when full - will take you back to the city.
Short distance riders ride around the wetland park and finish at the same place as the start
Yingjiang is the third biggest city in Dehong
Event Hotel: TBC
Other hotels: [LINK]
Plenty of bars, BBQs & restaurants to relax before the rest day
08:30 Welcome ceremony
09:00 Start long distance group
09:45 Start short distance group
17:00 CUT - Finish in Tongbiguan closes
** Cut-off times along the route are TO BE CONFIRMED LATER