Distance: 1.2 km
Average Gradient: 8%
Elevation gain: 108 metres
Road Surface: Poor
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Thewlis Road is one for the gravel grinders, and for the riders who enjoy a good challenge. The climb takes you past the Cardinia Aqueduct Trail which is one of Cardinia’s most enjoyable hikes. Treat yourselves to incredible views of the Toomuc Valley. Over the peak of the climb, as you descend down the far side to visit a region steeped in history.
One of Cardinia’s most enjoyable regions to ride.
The climb starts near the corner of Browns Road & Thewlis Road. The climb starts in earnest as you pass the bridge in front of the Cardinia Aqueduct Trail sign. This is one truly brutal climb. It just get steeper and steeper and steeper until the climb peaks at nearly 20%. This is a granny gear climb and can guarantee that it will hurt.
The road is littered with a lot of loose gravel and a CX or Mountain Bike is advised.
At the top of Thewlis turn left into Bathe Road for another 200 metres of climbing up a short, sharp brutal pinch.
The History of the Toomuc Valley
Between Pakenham, Upper Beaconsfield and Upper Pakenham lies a beautiful little valley called the Toomuc Valley. This valley is rich in history and was once home to the largest Apple orchard in the Southern Hemisphere. The name Toomuc means “swamp” or “sluggishly flowing water”, and was named as the land to the south of the Toomuc creek was swampland.
What to expect
- Short brutal climb peaking at nearly 20%
- A very rough surface. Expect corrugations, loose gravel and during summer a fair amount of dust
- Mountain bike or CX only
- Very minimal traffic
- Stunning views over the peak of the climb of the Toomuc Valley
- Passes the Cardinia Aqueduct Trail
How to get there
Thewlis Road is located approximately 60 km south-east of Melbourne, and accessed of Brown Road.