Fat Albert (Upper Ferntree Gully)

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Distance: 1.7 km
Average Gradient: 7%
Elevation gain: 128 metres
Traffic: Light traffic
Terrain: Residential/Gravel
Category: 4

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There are a series of streets that join onto one another.  Winding their way up through the hills of Upper Ferntree Gully.  The climb starts on Albert Street & due to its tough gradients was nicknamed “Fat Albert”.  This is a very challenging climb.  Which finishes with 500 metres of gravel grinding and has some steep gradients pushing 15% at times. As an extra challenge, just over the top of the climb is arguably one of the Dandenong’s hardest pinches to climb; Roma Parade.

This climb offers a great way to avoid the busy tourist road if you are looking for an alternative to get up to Upwey in the southern part of the Dandenong’s.  The climb starts at the roundabout on Albert Street and Alfred Street.

Turn right onto the climb

The first 400 metres offer an easy warm-up averaging only 4%.  The rest isn’t so easy.

As soon as you pass the Angliss Hospital the road ramps up and remains incredibly steep until you hit the gravel section.  Make a right turn right onto Forest View Road and then continue around the bend.

At the end of Forest View Road take a left onto Mary Street and continue to grind your way up the hill.  After about 100 metres the road flattens out and turns to gravel for the last 500 metres of the climb.  The gravel section is doable on a road bike, and the gradient is quite consistent.

Turn left onto Mary Street

This climb has a nasty bite to finish your legs off.

At the end of Mary Street hang a right.  The last 30 metres of this climb hits 15% on loose gravel.  It can be very challenging getting grip on this section, and this last bits a bitch.

This is a great little climb that if you’re like me will fall in love with.

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