The Bass Coast Shire is located in south-eastern Victoria, about 130 kilometres south-east of Melbourne. The area takes its name from George Bass who sighted the area during an expedition to prove the existence of Bass Strait in 1796. It has a unique combination of unspoiled coastline and picturesque rural hinterland and is a popular holiday destination. When I first got into cycling I had done several events around the Bass Coast. The scenery is incredible throughout the region, while there isn’t many big climbs throughout the area, there is very little area that is flat and the area offers very challenging undulating climbing.
Over the winter months I am endeavoring to explore different regions of Victoria each weekend, and catch up with a number of riders. Today I was planning on trying out some new climbs around the Bass Coast, and Gary Beazley offered to give up on any form of a sleep-in in order to meet me in Grantville at 6:30am. All during the week the weather threw everything at us, and it was a relief for there to finally be some good weather forecast with sun and virtually no wind forecast.
The route took us through the spectacular Glen Forbes Gorge. This climb is 4km’s @ 4%, and is an incredible climb. Gary was in sensational form and I had to push really hard to sit in his wheel. It took me till half way up the climb till I found my climbing legs and managed to knock off 2 & a half minutes off my PB up this Category 3 climb.
We cruised on and it was a shame that the roads were all wet. There are many great descents throughout Gippsland but the roads are quite technical and narrow and we erred on the side of caution and cruised down most of the descents throughout the ride.
This is just a pleasant region to ride in, but its also tough. There’s very little flat sections, and horribly undulating throughout.
Everywhere you rode there was beautiful country side and rolling hills as far as the eye could see.
I soon learned that Gazza had an ulterior motive for riding out this way today. He wanted to take Instagram photos of all the funny town names.
I was determined to revisit Mount Misery which is a short ride from Inverloch. This climb is 3km’s @ 6.5%, and would have been nice to visit but the dufous who planned the ride (me), somehow went to the wrong climb, just out of Kongwak. It was an awesome climb which was 3km @ 5%. I climbed it pretty well and did well on the leaderboard netting 9th spot, and didn’t believe Gary when he said that wasn’t Mount Misery
Guess I have an excuse to build another ride around doing the real Misery. We pushed up to Bena, and Gary wanted us to do a detour up to Poowong, well because it had a funny name.
I was glad we did, because the 8km’s between Bena & Poowong (pictured above) was pure joy to ride through, and one of the rare flat areas of the region. There was a nasty 2km climb leading into Poowong which was over 10% for much of the climb which I pushed hard up into the Poo…..wong.
I was starting to tire at this stage, and was climbing well today, but the climbs started to feel like a chore, and with the clock fast approaching the time Gary needed to get back to the car, we had to push on. We stopped in Loch to get some brunch, but unfortunately lost track of the time somewhat. We both naively thought it would be more downhill getting back, and I’ve ridden through much of this area before so I should have known better. We had about an hour to cover 24 km’s, and saw that there was a 4.3km climb at 4% out of town. We figured it would be downhill from there.
The best laid plans of mice and men. After the categorised climb, the road kept climbing and climbing and climbing and was ridiculously undulating, and the pinches just seemed to get steeper and steeper. As the clock ticked down we had to pull the finger out and go faster, and the k’s went very fast.
We got back to Grantville about 10 minutes late, tired, exhausted and with a grin our faces. That was fun.
After Gary left, I didn’t have much left in the tank, but I still had well over 3 hours left to ride. I opted to head down to Coronet Bay to explore. It was completely flat, but then the scenery speaks for itself:
Here is a link to my Strava Activity here:
Here is a link to Gary’s Strava Activity here: