2013 Vatternrundan China - International Biking Tourism Festival
In 2013, Vatternrundan China, hosted by our sister company Vasa in Changchun, will not feature under the umbrella of Granfondo China. Please refer to www.vatternchina.com for all information regarding the new event.
Saturday, 25 August 2012
Start; Yuanguo - DPRK border (long distance)
Finish: He Long
Distances: 155 km / 100 km / 40 km
Race fee: 200 RMB (155 km/ 100 km), 150 RMB (40km)
Travel: packages available
The course map of the second stage of this year's Vatternrundan China Cycling Festival - which also bears the same name - looks easy. But do not be fooled. There is quite a few bumps and if there is a headwind you will be facing a genuine challenge. If the first stage might favour the lightweight climbers, this one will see the so-called 'power riders' all the way up front.
Riders will depart at Yuanguo, a non-distinct venue right next to the fence that separates China from the DPRK. Following a rather smooth concrete road long-distance participants will be looking on their right for over 100km to catch glimpses of North Korean towns and people. As on stage 1, the scenery throughout the race is great. Whereas the altitude gradually decreases, you won't feel this in your legs as most of the route is a rollercoaster with some steeper bits. There is little flat in this stage at all, in fact. After turning west away from the border towards the Xianjing scenic spot, it gets still somewhat hillier as you steam onwards towards the finish in the town of Helong after 155 km.
There will be large finish arena in Helong with showering facilities and everything needed to enjoy a relaxing afternoon before getting on the bus that will take everyone back to Yanji that evening.