Distance: 200 meters
Average Gradient: 23%
Elevation gain: 51 meters
Here is a link to the Strava segment here:
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.
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.
Why would you want to climb this beast you may ask?
If you can get up Roma Parade, you can get up practically anything.
A big thankyou for following the Dandenong Ranges. If you want to keep up with all of the latest articles then why not follow us on Facebook. Click here for the link.