Distance – 78 KM
Elevation – 1300 m
Cut off time – 9.5H
The queen stage title was already taken, so take a bow for the "King stage".
Don’t let the numbers deceive you, prepare your selves for an amazing ride that the cold beer that will be waiting for you at the finish, will be well deserved.
This stage will take the bunch for a trip on all the variety of trails MT Carmel has to offer.
A rolling start will lead the riders to off road trails through banana plantations, a typical grow in this part of Israel, until they will reach to the bottom of the first massive climb of the day. The climb will start at around 17 km.
The climb is mostly with good traction, but you can expect some loose parts especially toward it's end. From the top try to remember to look west and hopefully you'll be fueled from the beautiful cost line and the Mediterranean Sea.
Then the marks will lead to a fast downhill that part of it marked with justified warning red arrows and another part will favor those who chose high volume tiers, make sure you choose your line carefully.
The second half of the stage riders will spend most of their time on a long flowy single trail with a lot of ups and downs which are very fun when you are fresh, some steep, loose and rocky sections, and maybe a few short 'hike a bike' sections. it will be a bit like harvesting, you are bound to be stung to enjoy the sweetness.
The last section is a few more flat kilometers hopefully with tail wind, will fly you back to the warming hugs of the finish line and the race village.