Payne Road (Beaconsfield)

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Payne Road “aka the Payne Cave”
Distance: 2.4km
Average Gradient: 4%
Elevation gain: 107 metres
Traffic: Light traffic
Terrain: Countryside
Road Surface: Average

Here is a link to the Strava segment here:

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 Payne Road is considered one of the best climbs in Cardinia.  Its a climb which is much harder than the average gradient suggests.  The road is course, & has constant gradient changes throughout the climb.  Which makes it very challenging to find a decent rhythm.  The climb starts near the intersection of Beaconsfield-Emerald Road & Payne Road, at the Cardinia Pub.  As you ride up this scenic country road the road rises slightly over the first 800 meters.
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Payne Road climb

When you come to a tight left handed corner.  The gradient ramps up and ranges between 6 – 8% over the next 200 meters.  The gradient then drops to under 5% over the next 200 meters.  This is the section where you can consolidate yourself, and get yourself into a rhythm.
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There is a sweeping left hander, as you approach a horseshoe bend.  With the last 600 meters of this climb which is quite challenging and extremely steep.
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As you exit the corner you can see the remainder of the climb sweep around in front of you and go skyward.  The climb gets steadily steeper as you go.  With the gradient peaking at 13% right at the top, before the road flattens out for a couple of hundreds of meters.  Thankfully there are magnificent views of the rolling valleys to the north of Payne Road.  You can use these to distract yourself from the payne.
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Take this opportunity to catch your breath as you take a sharp left hand turn into a descent of a couple of hundred metres.  Make sure you give it some gas, as the Payne Cave has one nasty surprise to leave you with lasting memories.  There is a 300 metre pinch which peaks at 24% which will hurt.

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If you get a really good running start at this pinch.  It may buy you a few seconds before you’ll ground to a holt and have to move into your small chain ring.  Where you will need to grind your way to the top.

Payne Road joins onto O’Neil Road which is an excellent climb to do at the same time.  O’Neil Road is 3.1km’s @ 3%.

Payne Road
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View of Payne Road from Guys Hill

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3 thoughts on “Payne Road (Beaconsfield)

    Cardinia « The Dandenong Ranges said:
    June 6, 2015 at 3:05 am

    […] Payne Road                                       Beaconsfield                        2.4 km                     4                                 4 […]

    Cardinia | The Cardinia Climbers said:
    November 24, 2015 at 12:07 am

    […] Payne Road                                   Beaconsfield                        2.4 km                     4 […]

    […] Payne Road is one of the most popular local iconic climbs around Beaconsfield. As the name suggests, it is a pretty challenging climb, and had been on my wish list to Everest. I had planned a group Everest late in October 2014, but this fell through when I fell sick for an extended period of time. I gave some thought to coming back & Everesting it at another stage, and decided not to Everest it, and changed my mind as the climb is quite tough for its average gradient, and I wasn’t sure if I was badass enough to do it. […]

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