Distance: 2 km
Average Gradient: 5%
Maximum Gradient: 12%
Elevation gain: 104 metres
Traffic: Light traffic
Road Surface: Average
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To explore one of the roads less travelled make a detour down Officer Road in Officer. This is one of the most iconic and scenic climbs that you can do in Cardinia, and is a regular feature of the Spider Bikes ride each Saturday. If you haven’t experienced this climb is a must do.
Officer Road climb
The climb starts shortly after you pass the intersection of Peterson Road.
The road has quite a course surface which will get you working that little harder. The first 600 meters of this climb is steeper than it looks. Peaking at 9%.
Traffic is light. But the road is quite narrow and if a car drives through please stay as far to the left as possible.
This is one of those climbs that you can truly appreciate the scenery. Especially when the gradient eases up. The highlight of the climb is this impressive hairpin. From here the gradient eases up and the remainder of the climb is quite a pleasant gradient.
The final 400 meters of this climb is pretty easy. The gradient remains between 1% – 3%. If you want to pick up your sped. Its easy to drop it down a few gears through here and get some good speed. What I most like about the last part of this climb are there are quite a few switchbacks. You can use this section to race, of to sit back and enjoy the views.
The climb finishes at the intersection of Officer Road & Leppit Road.
What to expect
- Quite country road
- Very narrow shoulder
- Thick canopy overhead which helps to keep the temperature down
- Stunning scenery
- Impressive hairpin
How to get here
Officer is located 57 km east of Melbourne. Access is off the M1 Princess Highway.