Berglund Road (Beaconsfield Upper)

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Distance: 1.1 km
Average Gradient: 11%
Maximum Gradient: 30%
Elevation gain: 123 metres
Traffic:Light
Terrain: Rural

Road Surface: Gravel

Here is a link to the Strava segment here:

Warning: this has gradients peaking at 30%. Do not attempt this climb unless you are confident to climb climbs such as Mast Gully Road, Terry’s Avenue or Invermay Road, or don’t mind walking your bike up a hill

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Berglund Road climb

The climb up Berglund Road lies within the picturesque Toomuc Valley in Cardinia.  It is one truly brutal climb which is suited for a CX or a MTB.  Be prepared for the possibility that you may need to get off and walk your bike up this climb.  Berglund Road is one of the most difficult climbs you will find within a 50 km radius of the Melbourne CBD.

The climb starts about 1km into Berglund Road, and starts just after you pass the steep ascent climb on the left hand side of the road.

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There is about 100 metres of climbing before you hit the apex of the corner and averages just under 10%.

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Prepare yourself, the climb around the corner has made a number of grown men cry, & no one’s going to think less of you if you have to get off and walk.

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The next 300 metres is crazy as you’ll be pushing gradients between 15% – 18% on loose gravel.

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Welcome to Hell

It will look like you’re coming to a dip in the road, but that’s just an illusion.  The road is about to get steeper.  You will see that the road was paved.  That was due to the fact that it was just too steep for cars to get up this pinch on gravel.

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The last 100 metres averages 18%, but if you have a look at your Garmin you will see yourself hitting pinches of 30% through there.  You’ll find the road is rough, and good luck getting up this final pinch.

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The road flattens out thankfully and turns to gravel again. Enjoy the rest whilst it lasts.

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If your legs weren’t tired before then this pinch.  With gradients that peak at 13% will really test you and there is about 200 more metres of grinding up the loose gravel.

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You’ll come to some houses and the road flattens out.

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Of course the roads just pucking with you.  With another 200 metres of climbing at up to 12% gradient this undulating climb will throw everything at you.

This is truly one extremely difficult undulating climb.  If you take the road all the way to Split Rock Road, it is 3.3km’s @ 5%.  Link to segment here.

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How to get to Berglund Road

Berglund Road is located 56 km east of Melbourne.  Take the M1 Freeway & exit at Pakenham before heading north up Toomuc Valley Road.

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