Olivebank (Ferntree Gully)

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Olivebank Road

Distance:1.2km
Average Gradient: 6%
Elevation gain: 76 metres
Category: 5
Traffic: Light traffic (this ends on a dead end road)
Terrain: Residential
Road Surface: Good

Olivebank Road

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Have you ever wondered what mysteries some back streets hold?  When you ride down Forest Road on your way to the 1 in 20.  All along this road have side streets that go skyward.  Have you ever wondered wonder that hidden climb holds?  Olivebank is short and sharp, and offers enough of a challenge to easily justify a detour.

Start of the climb is at the corner of Forest Road & Olivebank Road.

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Olivebank Road climb

The first part of Olivebank is a straight 850 metre climb, and starts at around 6% gradient.

Olivebank Road

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It is easy to find a rhythm even though the road slowly rises.

Olivebank Road
Where it gets steep

At the intersection of Joan Avenue, the climb spikes.  Gradually increasing in gradient until you reach the peak at 13%.

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As soon as you see this corner.  Respite is in sight, and you only have around 40 metres to climb before the road flattens out.

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The first 600 metres averages 9.3%.

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The road flattens out for the next 150 metres.  After climbing such a steep gradient, its easy for your legs to go to sleep.  The next pinch peaks at 12%, and only lasts about 50 metres before the road flattens out again.  The last 400 metres goes up and down, and every single rise peaks at over 12%.  You’re legs will be screaming at you to stop torturing them.

Olivebank Road

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This climb really messes with you.  Offering a lot of challenges over the last 450 metres of this climb.  With gradients bouncing up and down from 2% to 13%.

Olivebank Road
View near the top

The climb finishes at the corner of Arbor Avenue.

Olivebank Road
End of the climb

If you wish to add an extra 500 metres to this climb, try it from further down Forest Road:

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If you enjoy hiking, there is a walking track at the top of this climb (Himilayas Track).  Which takes you to the back of the 1,000 steps (One Tree Hill).  Just a heads up that these are very steep tracks.

Olivebank Road

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2 thoughts on “Olivebank (Ferntree Gully)

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

    […] Olivebank Avenue                       Ferntree Gully                      1.2 km                       6                              4 […]

    […] starting to get back into shape, and I was hoping to attempt my third successful Everest. I chose Olivebank Road (Ferntree Gully), which is a quiet 600 meter backstreet climb, with an average gradient of 9.3%, […]

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