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STAGE 3:  115km Strade Nero Road Race

Location: Sam Miranda King Valley 1019 Snow Road Oxley (10 minutes south of Wangaratta)

Time:     Men 8:300am  |  Women 1:00pm

Course:  In whats has become an Icon stage in the National Road Series is the Strade Nero Stage. A 115km stage starting and finishing at Sam Miranda King Valley this stage features 5 dirt sectors thoughout the stage which ensure for some fantastic racing. The circuit remains unchanges from 2017.

Starting at Sam Miranda riders will travel under control fro 2km until KM 0 on the Snow Rd towards Glenrowan before turning left at 7km towards Greta. At Greta Cemetery which is also Infamous Bushranger Ned Kelly's final resting place is Sprint # 1 for Sprint points and time bonuses. A few rolling hills then follow until km30 where the race turns left into Sector 5 'Bullocks Lane' a 2km dirt road riders come out of this sector onto the Benalla Whitfield Road where they will contest the first KOM/QOM Points at Myrrhee School. After a quick descent past Sam Miranda's vineyards in Myrrhee riders turn right before starting to climb on Sector 4 the Strade Nero. The dirt road climbs for 5.5km to at an average 5%  where the second KOM/QOM Points will be contested. A long sealed descent down 7km down to Whitfield before riders turn right to Cheshunt. Turning Left at Cheshunt  will see riders onto Sector 3 Cheshunt Edi Rd for approx 5km. A short 2.5km back onto sealed road before riders meet Sector 2 again about 5km in length. At the end of this sector riders will climb a short pinch past the Edi Upper School before turning onto Sector 1 a 1.5km dirt road. From here the race is pretty flat for the next 7km when riders cross the King River and Turn Right back onto the Wangaratta Whitfield Road and throught to Moyhu for the Sprint # 2 at Moyhu Hotel. From here its 15km to the finish. 

Sprints:     2

KOM / OQM: 2

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