An incredibly tough ascent with one of the steepest and sustained sections of climbing in the country, Mt. Baw Baw is sure to make even the fittest cyclist’s legs scream. Mt. Baw Baw is a breathtaking climb where massive, bright green trees surround riders as they struggle against the steep gradients on this quiet and peaceful mountain road. This climb is for experienced cyclists only as even respected local riders have had to walk up sections of this scenic, epic climb.
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Mt Baw Baw is considered to be one of the toughest categorised climbs in the world. If the last 6kms of extremely steep uphill sections don't hurt you enough, causing you to take the only option of zig zagging throughout the switchbacks, maybe the hundreds and hundreds, totalling thousands, of vertical meters that you have to negotiate prior to the mountain might slow you down.
Mt Baw Baw is one of the toughest climbs in Australia. It is so steep and has absolutely no respite for the whole climb. If you go into the red there is no going back. You have to give it a lot of respect. If you attack it from the bottom you'll find yourself weaving all over the road or possibly walking. I would have to say I have a love hate relationship with this climb. It suits me because it's tough and it's all about power to weight. On the other hand it can take you to a new level of pain not ever experienced before!
The climb up Mt. Baw Baw provides no relief both physically and psychologically as the road points skyward, it's one of those climbs that demands dinner plate cassettes and compact cranksets. Just to reach the top is a worthy accomplishment as many riders dismount and walk due to the relentless gradients. As the roads rise through dense forest, the illusion of remoteness and isolation come only a couple hours drive from the CBD.
Undoubtedly one of the hardest climbs in Victoria. The first 5km from Big Tree Creek might be easy enough but when you hit The Gantry the road ramps up dramatically and the final 6.5km or so to the Mt. Baw Baw Alpine Resort are truly brutal. The average gradient for this final stretch is roughly 11% and the gradient rarely drops below 10%. Ouch.
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