Stow Triple - Hill Climb stage is Outsider Events flagship event. Taking place in the small town of Stow, in the rolling hills of the Scottish Borders the event is certainly not one for the faint hearted...
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 display consistent climbing prowess on steep 19% gradients, undulating ramps and steady all out power climbs.
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.