Distance: 2.1 km
Average Gradient: 7%
Elevation gain: 142 metres
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Gordon Road offers one of Cardinia’s most challenging gravel climbs & would recommend it to the pure hill junkies & gravel grinders. Its 7% average is highly deceptive as the road flattens, and it does so quite often on this climb. You may find that your legs after climbing such difficult pinches need the rest & can shut down on the flattened out sections. With the gradient peaking at 15% & the majority of this climb well and truly in excess of 10%. This is a f#@ng hard climb to get up. I won’t sugar coat it for you.
Gordon Road (Pakenham) climb
There is quite a bit of loose gravel on the road, and its can be a challenge to find a racing line. This can be ridden on a Road Bike. However would more recommend for you to use a CX or MTB. There are usually sections which are corrugated and expect a bumpy ride in places
This is a climb which you’ve got to be strong & willing to push yourself to the limit. Any sign of weakness & this one will really screw you over.
The road is narrow & is a tight squeeze if a car comes along hopefully you can find a riding line to the left hand side of the road.
If you’re looking for an excuse to head out to this climb. Consider doing it on the way up to Bessie Creek Road, which is one of the areas best gravel climbs.