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Itinerary 2016

The Team Dai Challenge 2016: VTE-VV-VTE

Dates: Saturday 5 to Tuesday 8 March, 2016

Total cycling distance over four days: 450 km (estimated)


Date

Destination

KM total (paved / dirt)

Saturday 5.3.2016

Vientiane – Meuang Feuang

149 (114 / 35)

Sunday 6.3.2016

Meuang Feueng – Vang Vieng

78 (5 / 73)

Monday 7.3.2016

Vang Vieng – Ban Keun

126 (100 / 26)

Tuesday 8.3.2016

Ban Keun – Vientiane

92 (20 / 72)

 

Total

445 KM (239 / 206)


Day 1, Saturday 5 March, Vientiane – Meuang Feuang
149 km (114 km paved, 35 km dirt)
We meet at Patuxay at 6:00am (sharp!) and roll west along the Mekong on Road Nr 11C until we reach Pakton. Here we turn north and ride along Phou Phanang National Park. The section Nalat to Rd 13N is along 35 km of dirt Road. We then follow Rd 13N for 5 km to Hin Heup, turn left onto Rd 4501 to Meuang Feuang. It’s a mostly flat itinerary on paved quiet country roads.

 
Day 2, Sunday 6 March, Meuang Feueng – Vang Vieng
78 km (5 km paved, 73 km dirt)

On the second dat we cycle through hills along dirt roads to Vang Vieng. After Meuang Feuang we cross the Nam Lik river by ferry and move from village to village in sight of picturesque limestone mountains. In the hills the roads have some rocky and steep sections but local scooter drivers prove that it’s possible to master the track on slick (scooter) tires. Close to Vang Vieng we will make a short detour to visit the Blue Lagoon to have a quick swim.

 
Day 3, Monday 7 March, Vang Vieng – Ban Keun

126 km (100 km paved, 26 km dirt)

We will follow Rd 13N from Vang Vieng to Senxoum then turn onto a gravel road to connect to Rd nr.10.

 

Day 4, Tuesday 8 March, Ban Keun – Vientiane, 92 km mostly dirt road

92 km (20 km paved, 72 km dirt)

On the final day we will follow Rd 10 for 15 km and then follow dirt roads back to Vientiane for the triumphant arrival at Patuxay.


The map below shows the route, each day in a different color.



Detailed maps and elevation profiles for the four days are as follows:

Day 1:

Day 2:

Day 3:

Day 4:
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TD Day 1.gpx
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Feb 12, 2016, 11:31 PM
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TD Day 2.gpx
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Feb 12, 2016, 11:31 PM
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TD Day 3.gpx
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Feb 12, 2016, 11:31 PM
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TD Day 4.gpx
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Rik Ponne,
Feb 12, 2016, 11:32 PM
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