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 ride comprises four main climbs:
- North: Inverness Road (2.5km @ 9.1%)
- South: The Devil’s Elbow (5.5 km @ 6.9%)
- East: The Wall (5.2 km @ 5.7%)
- West: The 1 in 20 (6.8 km @ 4%)
Here is a link to the Crucifix Strava segment here:
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 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
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.
Plan your ride
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.
If you want to drive to the Dandenong’s for this ride. Here are the best places to park:
- The 1 in 20 has all day parking in the car park next to the Basin Fire Brigade.
- 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.
- Inverness Road has no parking available.
- There is ample parking at the Safeway car park in Monbulk. There is a short 800 meter ride to the base of the climb.
Best times to ride
Monday – Friday:
Avoid peak hour traffic and ride between 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
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