distance: 139Km total vertical gain: 3296m
The last day of the Tour is probably the most demanding and is worthily entitled as ‘King Stage’. Since the starting point, Tsesmes village until the highest asphalt point in whole Crete, Skinakas peak, will be time trial . Skinakas has an altitude of 1750m and leads to Psiloritis Mountain, where Skinakas Observatory and shelter are.
Peloton begins from the hotel, grouping up for the first 4kms until Tsesmes village. There will be the kick start of the ‘Skinakas Challenge 2017’ race. The coming 87kms with total ascent of 1,734m will challenge our courage, resistance and strength of the athletes that have taken part in this racing aspect of the tour.
The breakdown of the route is as followed:
1st part: Tsesmes – Arkadi Monastery (525, 7m)
An uphill distance of 16kms with total ascent of 478m. A bench mark of this part is the historical Arkadi Monastery.
2nd part: Arkadi Monastery (525,7m) – Pasalites (185,1m)
The total length of this part is 22 kms. It is mainly downhill, with a smooth uphill sections and a total descent of 340m. A breathtaking route as the crossing through the picturesque villages like Eleftherna, Ancient Eleftherna, Kinigianna, Pigougianna.
3rd part: Pasalites (185,1 m) – Zoniana (658,1m)
An uphill part of 21kms and total ascent of 473m whose main characteristic is the wildness and the plentiness of its villages as well as the downhill sections in multiple spots.
In Agios Mamas village (51st km) we will reach the first feed zone.
4th part: Zoniana (658,1m) – Anogia (798,9m)
One fourth of this small part of 5 kms is downhill and the rest uphill with a total descent of 140,6 m. In the midpoint of Anogia village we find the second feed zone, which marks the beginning of the ‘King’ ascent towards Skinakas peak.
5th part: Anogia (798,9 m) – Skinakas (1,750 m)
The last 20 kms of this epic race. 20 KMS of nonstop uphill, in an alpic scenery and a total ascent of 951m with up to 23% gradient. By the time we reach the Peak will be the end of the time trial and we will be at the third feed zone.
6th part: Skinakas (1,750m) – Heraklion (5m)
The moment of the greatest descent towards the city of Heraklion and the end of the Tour. These final 49km of a relaxed pace will counteract the days’ effort and will lead us to the finish line.