Distance: 5.5 km
Average Gradient: 8%
Elevation gain: 430 metres
Old Coach Road is for those that enjoy a challenge and love a sense of adventure. A fair part of this climb is unsealed & boasts the steepest average gradient for a Category 2 climb in the Dandenong Ranges. I would go so far as to say this is one of the hardest climbs that you can do on a Road bike in the Dandenong’s.
Here is a link to the Strava segment here
The climb commences from the township of Montrose on the Mount Dandenong Tourist Road
The first 700 metres of climbing only averages around 3%.
At the Sheffhield Road turn-off sign head straight up this road. The next 500 metre section is steep with gradients hitting over 20%. This section is still sealed and averages 11%.
Shortly after you round the hairpin the road will turn to gravel. This is where the fun begins.
Old Coach Road itself is 2.3 km @ 11%. Given 2/3 of it is gravel expect this climb to be hard.
Thankfully there is a fairly consistent gradient throughout and it is easy to get yourself into a rhythm.
When you get to the next hairpin turn right.
The next 2.1 km averages 7%. Even though its a lot easier compared to the dirt part of Old Coach Road you will find the going easy.
Enjoy the views as you earn a well deserved rest at Sky High.
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