McCarthy Road (Monbulk)

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Distance: 500 metres
Average Gradient: 22%
Elevation gain: 99 metres
Category: 3
Traffic: Light traffic (this ends on a dead end road)
Terrain: Residential/farmland
Road Surface: Poor

Some climbs have to be seen to be believed. McCarthy Road in Monbulk has a sealed section that is a 22% average for 500 metres.
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Here is a link to the Strava segment here:
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McCarthy Road (Monbulk)
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To get to the climb you need to ride across a little over 2 km’s of gravel road, which is suitable to ride a Road bike on.
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McCarthy Road (Monbulk)

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There is a short descent leading to the start of the climb, which turns sharply to your right before the road goes skyward.

McCarthy Road (Monbulk)
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Straight from the onset the road hits 22%, and the gradient stays fairly consistent throughout.
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McCarthy Road (Monbulk)
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The road is slightly wider than a car, and there is enough room to zig zag your way up the climb.  The climb is paved, and the first part of the climb is in fairly decent condition.
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McCarthy Road (Monbulk)
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When you approach this massive tree pictured above the road narrows, and the surface deteriorates a little from here.  You will find it harder to zig zag, and as you look up, the finish of the climb is still well and truly a long way away.
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McCarthy Road (Monbulk)
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After 500 metres of climbing the sealed section ends and the road turns to gravel, and you will find it difficult to find traction, and are forced to ride in a straight line.
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McCarthy Road (Monbulk)
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There are some stunning views from the top that make this climb worthwhile.

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The key to getting up this climb is consistency in your pedal strokes. Given how slow you will be climbing, your biggest danger is losing traction, or wheel spin. If you come to a stop, you’ve got no chance of starting again on such a steep gradient, and you’ll be left to walk it.
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Its definately wise not to go too hard on this climb, and just ride smart the whole way. I wouldn’t advise looking up too often.  Its one scary sight climbing a gradient with a 22% gradient over such a long distance. This is a residential street so be mindful of traffic. The road is narrow, so be prepared to abort your climb if a car is coming.  I would highly recommend trying this climb, only if you can comfortably get up a road such as Mast Gully Road, Invermay or Terry’s Avenue.  There are many scenic views on the way to this climb on
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McCarthy Road that make it extra worthwhile to visit:
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McCarthy Road (Monbulk)
McCarthy Road climb straight ahead
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McCarthy Road (Monbulk)
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3 thoughts on “McCarthy Road (Monbulk)

    Dandenong’s climbs « The Dandenong Ranges said:
    June 6, 2015 at 2:51 am

    […] McCarthy Road                            Monbulk                                500 metres             22                             3 […]

    Karl Billeter said:
    May 10, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Still haven’t had my re-match with McCarthy. I might wait until I’ve lost a few more kg though, last time HR average was 178bpm and I was 5kg lighter and a little fitter 🙂

      Brendan Edwards responded:
      May 11, 2017 at 6:51 am

      Thought your plan was to do it with the baby seat on the back 🙂

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