Known for its beauty and unpredictable weather, Tasmania provides an amazing and challenging landscape for cyclists. By far the longest and most popular climb on the island, riders will enjoy expansive views of the Tasman Sea and green hillsides as they climb for over 17 kilometers. A decisive climb in the Tour of Tasmania, the frequently snow-covered Mt. Wellington is a fun challenge for all. The opportunity to enjoy a beer at the Cascade Brewery upon finishing provides extra motivation to climb hard!
Athlete Experiences 1905
This is a great ride up the iconic mountain which shelters Hobart from the vast wilderness to the southwest. The 18km ride begins on the edge of the CBD and winds first through a quiet bush land suburb before turning and ascending across the flank of the mountain through alpine bush land. The climb picks up quickly from about 4% at the start to around 10% for the final 7kms. A quiet alpine road, a pristine mountain landscape, a spectacular view which unfolds as you ride, and a 360 degree panorama at the summit - all within sight of home. A challenging but truly rewarding ride!
— Julia J Athlete ID# 992556
Ah yes, Mount Wellington. This temptress lies in the backyard of Ye Old Hobart Town. It brings us the freezing wind during it's snow covered winter and during the summer it becomes a right of passage for riders. Mount Wellington holds it own. It was where Cadel Evans was spotted by Phil Ligget and was famously quoted to say, “This kid could win the Tour de France one day.” There is an annual Mount Wellington Time Trail, a baby faced Richie Porte holds the record from his 2008 attempt. Recently Cameron Wurf said, “I rode for 40 hours a week for six weeks. I was doing eight, nine hour days, riding Mount Wellington four times in a single session.” Yes he is a crazy local who has gone pro, just a casual 4 reps up the old girl. Also the segment is also used for the first stage in the Tour of Tasmania for a Team Time Trail….. see the segment times. For me Mount Wellington is special. As the base of the Mountain in the cascades Brewery — this is where the segment starts. I got married at the Brewery to my beautiful and patient wife. This brewery makes the best beer in the land……. Just don't mention this in the north as you could start a civil war. During the summer months my riding/training is based on climbing with the penultimate event the Mount Wellington Time Trail. Every Morning before work I would climb the start of the segment, Strickland Avenue. To date I have ridden Stricko 192 times. After work I would be doing reps around the base of Mount Wellington with my riding partner Mark Breen. Until just recently I lived on the road leading up to the Brewery. The first time I climbed it…it was in winter and I got hit with both rain and snow. My personal best time was ridden on a perfect summers day where I did a 56:50. Mark and I were very aggressive that day, both of us near ended up in the gutter a few time as we fought for the perfect line. My second best time during this years Mount Wellington Time Trial….. and yes there was snow and wind.
— Barry Jones Athlete ID# 201178