Park Road/Maskells Road
Location: Belgrave Heights
Distance: 900 metres
Average Gradient: 10%
Elevation gain: 93 meters
Traffic: Light traffic
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This climb in not for the feint hearted. And one of the hardest short climbs that you can do in the Dandenong’s. The climb takes you through Park Road who’s tranquility and beauty can lull you into a false sense of security. There is undulating climbing before you hit the last 500 meters of this road. Before going skyward, peaking at 17% on loose gravel. This will really test you just to get to the base of Maskells Hill Road. Which was one of the climbs used in the 2013 & 2014 editions of the Dirty Dozen.
Park Road/ Maskell Hills Road
The main climb starts 1.5 km into Park Road. Which is a gravel road off Belgrave-Hallam Road. Although a residential street, its a pleasant road to ride up and gives you get a good sense of country living. Most of this road is in excellent condition to ride a road bike. However with any dirt road the condition may change due to general wear & tear. As well as damage caused by the elements. As soon as you hit the steep bit, it is one truly nasty pinch. If you thought Park Road was steep, wait till you turn around the corner……
You will come to a big roundabout, where there are 5 streets running off this roundabout. You’ll most likely be wondering which one to turn into. Just look for the road that goes skywards.
Maskells Road is considered extremely hard on its own. Peaking at well in excess of 20% which is why it has made several appearances at the Dirty Dozen rides. Maskells Road is 400 meters in length with an average gradient of 11%. This is highly deceptive as there’s a flattened section in the middle which brings the average gradient well down. No matter how you tackle this climb will hurt. Do not be surprised if you need to deliver the mail to get up this one.
There is a satisfaction in getting up an incredibly challenging climb like this and is one for the pure hill junkies.