Selby Aura Road (Selby)

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Distance: 3.4 kilometres

Average Gradient: 3%
Elevation gain: 94 metres
Traffic: Light traffic
Terrain: Residential/forest
Road Surface: First part course/ second part excellent
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This is one of the Dandenong’s best kept secrets.  It has numerous free flowing corners that are a pleasure to cruise up, and more of a pleasure to push your limits through.  At 3%, it is one of the Dandenong’s easiest climbs, but what sets this apart is the beautiful scenery, and the serenity that this pocket of the Dandenong’s offers.  This climb winds its way from the Aura Lake up into the township of Selby, passing the Puffing Billy train line.
Selby Aura climb
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The climb commences opposite the Aura Vale Lake Park (opposite Old Menzies Creek Road).  The Park covers 67 Hectares and has become a popular venue for boating activities including sailboarding and canoeing and for other small no-powered boats.
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Selby Aura Road
Aura Vale Lake
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The climb starts at the intersection of Aura Vale Road & Old Menzies Creek Road.
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Selby Aura Road
Start of the climb
The first 200 metres of this climb pushes 6 – 7% and winds its way to your right.
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Selby Aura Road
Old Menzies Creek Road
There is climbing over the first 400 metres before the road flattens out.  You’ll find the surface very course for the first 1.4km’s of this climb.  The road surface is made up of crushed rock, which adds a little challenge to this climb.
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The road straightens out, and you enter the residential part of this climb.  This is one of those dream roads that we would all love to live on (see below).
Selby Aura Road
Seriously, this is the residential part of the climb
The road flattens out over the next 800 metres and its quite easy to get into a tempo in this section.  When you reach the intersection of Selby Aura Road the climb begins in earnest.  This road was paved several years ago, and was nicknamed “Silky Selby”.  And this section is 2.3km’s @ 2%.
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Selby Aura Road
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The whole of this section you ride through a magnificent forest of lush trees & ferns.
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The gradient remains consistent throughout.

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The road snakes its way up the valley, and its easy to break this climb up corner by corner.
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Selby Aura Road
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The road is narrow, and there are no line markings, but thankfully its usually a quiet road.
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Selby Aura Road
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This is one of those rare climbs where you get to really appreciate the nature around you.
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Selby Aura Road
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Just before Batesleigh Road which featured in the 2013 Dirty Dozen course the road dips, before you come to a rail sign.
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Selby Aura Road
Puffing Bill
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You will be riding alongside the tracks for Puffing Billy and if you’re riding on a weekend you may get lucky and see the ole Steam train come along.  All good things come to an end, and when you see Belgrave-Gembrook Road your climb you may be disappointed that the climb doesn’t keep on going on.
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The overall segment is called Ghost in the Machine.  Unfortunately I’m to blame for that title.  When I created this segment, I honestly was running low on ideas for segment titles.  I’ve always wanted to change it, but spoke with several riders who said, keep it.  They said that it sounds kinda cool.  Its the name of a popular Japanese Anime series.
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This climb is a true joy to climb, and here are more images from the climb:
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Selby Aura Road
Aura Vale Lake
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Selby Aura Road
It can feel like you’re going back to prehistoric times in parts on this climb
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Selby Aura Road

All Saints Church at the very top of the climb
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