Known as one of the toughest climbs in all of Australia, Mt. Hotham takes cyclists on an epic journey through the Victorian Alps. A popular ski destination for Victorians, the mountain sees little traffic in the offseason and has a moon-like summit. Riders will feel as though they are on another planet while ascending this monster of a climb. With steep gradients, false flats, and two shorts descents, Mt. Hotham is far from monotonous and a challenge for all.
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Fav climb! Love the kicker at the start, the false flat in the middle and the tough last 3rd of the climb. I did nearly get blown off this mountain once so watch the section with the warning signs for strong cross winds, they can be super strong! Love this descent too! I much prefer going down rather than up. When Hendy and I were doing a training camp in Bright last year we came down Hotham on a beautiful day and didn’t even push it and picked up a top 10 fastest time. Will be back this year to have a crack at the KOM on the descent. God knows I’ll never take it on the climb!
The length of Mt Hotham definitely contributes to its allure, as it's among the handful of proper mountain climbs in the state. This makes it one of my favorite climbs to race up due to the tactics and pacing required, particularly with its more challenging slopes coming in the closing few kilometers. Variability of the weather adds another factor which can catch the inexperienced by surprise, and contribute to the climb's vicious nature.
There's something pretty special about the last 10kms of Mt Hotham, as the trees disappear and give way to a view of the alps and the road up.
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