Starting at the outstanding location of old town Ainsa , the fifth stage begins gently along the river Ara combining gravel tracks and asphalt short connections, until you have to enter and ride on a big, important road for about 8 kilometres, which has some long tunnels (lights and reflective materials compulsory!) and where you will be able to enjoy amazing and very nice landscapes.
Once you covered these 8 km on the road following the river, the track crosses to the other side by the spectacular wooden bridge that links with the deserted village of Jánovas, and follows among fields and small nice trails, covering little elevation until it reaches Fiscal, around kilometre 30 and where the first food station is located. From that village, it begins the only long and demanding climb of the stage, which leads you up to Peña Oturia, most of the time following forest tracks partially inside the forest and partially on open spaces, and where where traditionally the views are spectacular. You will then do a long, rapid descent on a wide track to join Yebra de Basa, site of the second food station of the day. The last part of the stage is a combination of linking roads and affordable, mostly fluent small trails, to finish with a last short gain of elevation which will allow you to enjoy a smart singletrack short before reaching our host town, Jaca.
5.1 Oturia, 23 km ; 950 + ; 350 –
It begins with a demanding very steep section on rolling terrain, followed by a short break down the valley, having to continue the ascent afterwards. The kind of trails is not technically an issue, and although some fallen trees might be encountered, it is not a problem in terms of riding because of the low speed at that moment. Once reaching the end of the climb, the landscape open wide and if the weather conditions helps, nice views can be enjoyed. The sector finishes short after the top of the climb, in the beginning of the downhill, following safety reasons.
(consider them as approximated)
Stage distance: 97 km
Timed Sectors: 23 km
Liaisons: 74 km
Stage elevation: 2200 m
Stage descent: 1950 m
KEEP IN MIND:
Although traditionally considered the most affordable stage in TRANSPYR GRAN RAID MTB, it still is a long distance itinerary with quite elevation to be covered.
However, it is true that the type of terrain allows getting into the finish earlier than in previous days, being therefore possible –and very advisable- for you to take advantage to recover in Jaca, a town where it is possible to get services, facilities and solve any kind of encountered problem, while getting ready for the coming “marathon” of next day stage 6, and the stress of the final 7th stage.
Mind that there are some tunnels in the 8 km on the road at the beginning of the stage: equipping lights and reflective materials on the bike is compulsory in the Spanish code of the route: the police can stop and fine you otherwise!!
Do not forget to carry plenty of water and eat something in the first food station, even if you feel like you did not waste energy until that point.