Roma Parade (Upper Ferntree Gully)

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Distance: 200 meters
Average Gradient: 23%
Elevation gain: 51 meters
Traffic:Light traffic
Surface: Sealed
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Roma Parade
Image by Clint Woodward

Roma Parade is arguably one of the nastiest segments you can do in the Dandenong’s.  At 200 metres in length it may seem rather short.  But to climb this monster first you’ve got to get down & the descent to the bottom of this court is scary.  I can guarantee you’ll be pulling on your brakes the whole way.  Secondly you have to be able to get up it.  You start the climb from the base of the court & immediately the gradient hits well in excess of 20%.  It is impossible to ride straight up it.  You will simply crash as its impossible to click in.  In order to climb you have to ride sideways in order to get your shoes in the pedal & are forced to start zig-sagging up this court.

Roma Parade
View looking down

 

If you’re averaging 6 km/h you’re doing good.  I won’t sugar coat this.  Expect a world of pain.  Your legs will feel like lead, & you’ll be hoping that you don’t have to get off & walk.  You will be gasping for breath by the time you get to the top.  It may feel like you’ve just climbed a mountain but sadly only a court.  Doing a climb with an average gradient of 23% from a standing start is an experience you will never forget.

Roma Parade
The final pinch

Why would you want to climb this beast you may ask?

Roma Parade
End of the climb

If you can get up Roma Parade, you can get up practically anything.

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2 thoughts on “Roma Parade (Upper Ferntree Gully)

    Dandenong’s climbs « The Dandenong Ranges said:
    September 12, 2015 at 7:12 am

    […] Roma Parade                                Ferntree Gully                      200 metres             23                            4 […]

    Fat Albert « The Dandenong Ranges said:
    January 21, 2016 at 8:23 am

    […] There are a series of streets that join onto one another and wind their way up through the hills of Upper Ferntree Gully.  The climb starts on Albert Street & due to its tough gradients was nicknamed “Fat Albert”.  This is a very challenging climb which finishes with 500 metres of gravel grinding and has some steep gradients pushing 15% at times. As an extra challenge, just over the top of the climb is arguably one of the Dandenong’s hardest pinches to climb; Roma Parade. […]

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