Monday May 15th: Heraklion – Frangokastello

distance: 131Km
total vertical gain: 2873m

Stage 1 of The Tour of Crete begins with the riders rolling west of Heraklion, alongside the cosmopolitan Mediterranean coastline of Amoudara area. Just a couple of kilometers after the start, the Tour of Crete 2017 gets straight to the point with its first Stage bringing the peloton into a grade 2 climb up to Doxa, enduring for about 12 kilometers and reaching up to 480 meters of altitude. Then on it’s mainly descending for about 48 kilometers through 16 seemingly untouched-by-time traditional villages leading up to Platanes and the 5km of flat seaside ride into Rethymnon town, where Feedzone 1 is located.

Leaving Rethymnon and going southwestward becomes apparent the dramatic shift into the lush-green scenery of western Crete. Around the 100 kilometer mark and past the village Argiroupolis, riders meet the main challenge of the day: a grade 1 climb lasting for 13,7 kilometers, with average gradient of 4.5% and reaching up to 800 meters. It starts off easy for about 6 kilometers into Asi Gonia village where all riders can refuel at Feedzone 2 before they head out into the latter, harsher part of the climb and its 40 hairpins that stand before them and the top through ecstatic scenery with steep rocky ridge-lines; a stunning view for as far as the eye can see. The Cretan mountains will gladly reward anyone for reaching the peak with a stunning, 45 hairpin descent overlooking the Lybian Sea and which leads down to Frangokastello village and the finish line.

* Frangokastello houses only small scale guest rooms, so participants will have to spend the night in separate establishments according to their specified preference.

Stage 1
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Distance in KmRouteTimetable
-+30 Km/h27 Km/h24 Km/h20 Km/h
1310HOTEL IN HERAKLION9:00 AM9:00 AM9:00 AM9:00 AM
118.812.2DOXA9:249:279:309:36
116.214.8MARATHOS9:299:329:379:44
109.221.8DAMASTA9:439:489:5410:05
104.326.7ALOIDIANO CHANI9:539:5910:0610:20
102.528.5DROSIA9:5710:0310:1110:25
10031MAKRIGIANNI10:0210:0810:1710:33
98.532.5KAMPOS DOXAROU10:0510:1210:2110:37
97.233.8CHILIANA10:0710:1510:2410:41
96.534.5APLADIANA10:0910:1610:2610:43
9140MOURTZANA10:2010:2810:4011:00
8942DAFNEDES10:2410:3310:4511:06
81.549.5PERAMA10:3910:5011:0311:28
7952ALEXANDROU10:4410:5511:1011:36
71.459.6VIRAN EPISKOPI10:5911:1211:2911:58
70.260.8NEA MAGNISIA11:0111:1511:3212:02
68.762.3STAVROMENOS11:0411:1811:3512:06
6764SFAKAKI11:0811:2211:4012:12
62.368.7ADELIANOS KAMPOS11:1711:3211:5112:26
61.369.7PLATANES11:1911:3411:5412:29
56.474.6RETHYMNON - FEEDZONE 111:2911:4512:0612:43
5279ATSIPOPOULO11:3811:5512:1712:57
4982PRINES11:4412:0212:2513:06
45.585.5GONIA11:5112:1012:3313:16
4487AGIOS ANDREAS11:5412:1312:3713:21
3695EPISKOPI12:1012:3112:5713:45
31100ARGIROYPOLIS12:2012:4213:1014:00
24.9106.1ASI GONIA - FEEDZONE 212:3212:5513:2514:18
14117KALLIKRATIS12:5413:2013:5214:51
3.5127.5KAPSODASOS13:1513:4314:1815:22
0131FRANGOKASTELLO13:2213:5114:2715:33