1 day, 3 savagely tough hill climb stages
20th September, 9:30am
last year we saw the inuagural Stow Triple - Hill Climb stage race take place in the small town of Stow, in the rolling hills of the Scottish Borders.
We're back again for a second year!
The event is in the format of a stage race, cumulating in 3 separate hill climbs over the course of the day. Riders individual times on each of the stages are added together in a GC stage race format.
Using 3 different styles of climb (including previous Scottish Hill Climb Championships) across the 3 stages, the overall GC winner will will be someone who can take on steep 19% gradients, undulating ramps and steady all out power climbs.
If you are searching for a true test of your climbing ability ahead of the coming hill climb season then look no further...
The opening stage of Stow triple is a suffer fest from the get go with it's steepest section of 14% just 0.4km into the stage. After going through the trees the stage kicks and flattens in a series of ramps all the way to the summit of Lauder Moor 3.34km later .
The second stage - just a short 3.93km pedal from the race HQ is the slackest of the 3 stages, reaching a peak gradient of 11.7%, 1.7km into the stage. More suited to the stronger guys, this stage could be an opportunity for the heavier chaps and chapette's to gain back some time.
The final stage - previously used in Scottish Hill Climb Championships starts from outside the race HQ and like the first stage is brutal from the get-go. Despite only being 2.05km long, the final Queen stage is undoubtedly the most challenging - especially with 2 hill climbs already in your legs.