The Crucifix Dandenongs

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There is an iconic ride in the Dandenong Ranges which is nicknamed “the Crucifix”. It is unknown who originally came up with the idea behind this ride, however someone realised that when you combine four of the Dandenong’s hardest climbs in one consecutive rides it looked a lot like a broken Crucifix on a map.  This is quite a challenge as each and every one of the four climbs offering their own challenges and a great ride to test yourself out against.

The Crucifix Dandenongs

The ride comprises four main climbs:

Here is a link to the Crucifix Strava segment here:

The 1 in 20

Each of the four climbs offer their own challenges and it doesn’t matter which order that do the Crucifix in.  However if you’re a climbing junkie then you’ll likely save the hardest till last……

Distance:                      71 km

Elevation gain:           1,900 vertical

The Devil’s Elbow

The Super Crucifix

If you’re the type of rider who likes a really good challenge and doesn’t consider that you’ve finished a climb until you’ve gone to the highest possibly peak then consider giving the Super Crucifix a go.  It’s pretty much a juiced up version of the Crucifix.  More k’s.  More vert.

The Super Crucifix involves completing all of the climbs listed above, but finishing each of them up at Sky High:

Distance:                     94 km

Elevation gain:           2,850 vertical

Sky High

If you haven’t done this ride I would highly recommend you put this on your bucket list.  The Crucifix is one of the Dandenong Ranges most popular riders to do.  And is guaranteed to offer you a good hard workout.

Inverness Road

 

Plan your ride

Public transport

Train services available to “Upper Ferntree Gully” train station.  From the train station there is an easy 500 metre climb to the official start of the Devil’s Elbow climb.  Click here for Public Transport Victoria for train timetable.

Parking

If you want to drive to the Dandenong’s for this ride.  Here are the best places to park:

  1. The 1 in 20 has all day parking in the car park next to the Basin Fire Brigade.
  2. The Devil’s Elbow has ample parking available at the Upper Ferntree Gully Train station on Burwood Highway.  From the train station there is an easy 500 meter climb to the official start of the Devil’s Elbow climb.
  3. Inverness Road has no parking available.
  4. There is ample parking at the Safeway car park in Monbulk.   There is a short 800 meter ride to the base of the climb.
The Wall

Best times to ride

Monday – Friday:

Avoid peak hour traffic and ride between 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Weekend:

The Dandenong’s attracts a large number of tourist traffic over the weekend.  It is best to schedule your rides early in the morning.

Public toilets are available:

  • At the base of the 1:20
  • In Sassafras at the top of the 1:20
  • At Sky High
  • In Olinda just off the Mount Dandenong Tourist Road
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3 thoughts on “The Crucifix Dandenongs

    John MacEachen said:
    July 28, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Hi, I’m planning a trip to the Dandenongs next March (a break from Scottish horizontal rain and ice on the road).

    Does the last leg of the crucifix, coming back from Inverness Road, involve going up a 1 way road to the Observatory?

    thanks, John

      Brendan Edwards responded:
      July 29, 2017 at 1:35 am

      Hi John. Would recommend you head up there. Probably the best lookout in the Nongs & a good one to finish it off with. As there’s so many variations you csn do with the Crucifix its a challenge to get on the Strava segment

      Stephan Jusypiw said:
      November 6, 2017 at 10:13 pm

      Hi John,

      The Crucifix (https://www.strava.com/segments/6829263) does indeed include going the ‘wrong way’. This is the segment in question (https://www.strava.com/segments/5961927). I have no idea why it was part of the entire Crucifix segment.

      However, you could try The Super Crucifix (https://www.strava.com/segments/10511498). Each year on Good Friday the Dandnongs is swamped with cyclists doing some sort of version of the Crucifix. It is well worth completing that ride on Good Friday….

      Hope this helps

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