Average Gradient: 6%
Elevation gain: 145 metres
Traffic: Light traffic
Road Surface: Part gravel
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Ferndale Road is a series of connecting back streets which starts & ends really steep. It is quite a difficult climb which offers some challenging undulation changes, speed humps, and finishes with 500 metres of gravel which will guarantee to test you. This climb is a much harder than its 6% average suggests.
The climb commences at the intersection of Albert Street & Ferndale Road.
Ferndale Road climb
The first 400 metres of this climb is quite steep and it’s important to pace yourself through this first section as the second half of this climb is incredibly challenging. The road is little over a car width in size & you need to keep an eye out for vehicles coming the other way and you should be prepared to stop if there isn’t enough space for both of you.
When the road flattens out there are a couple of speed humps that are quite bumpy that will throw your rhythm.
When you see a playground to the right hand side of the road this marks the hardest part of the climb, and whilst short there’s a short pinch that hits close to 20% that will hurt. Turn right onto Victoria Ridge Road and the gradient rarely drops below 10% over the next 600 metres.
The gradient will eventually ease up, and you are provided a brief period of respite until you hit the unsealed section which will give your legs that little extra f#@k you! The gradient is fairly consistent over this gravel section until you hit the “T” intersection. Turn right and good luck getting up the final 50 metres of the climb which averages close to 15% over loose gravel. This corner usually suffers from corrugation and finding any level of traction is incredibly challenging.