A short ITT on wide and well-paved urban roads, from Pest to Buda. Starting from the Heroes’ Square, the route heads towards the Danube, which separates the two souls of the city. Taking in several bends, the stage course reaches the riverside, passes the neo‑Gothic Parliament and crosses the Danube to roll along the opposite bank. The route takes two U‑turns, the first one upward and the second one downward, when approaching and when leaving the river bank on the Parliament’s side. Moving away from the river, the route takes in the closing climb.
The final 1500 m run entirely uphill. Past the intermediate split, the route takes the climb leading to the castle, hitting the maximum gradient (14%) on flagstone. The route then continues at around 4%, taking in a few hairpins, all the way to the finish square in Buda (on tarmac).