Terry’s Avenue & Belgrave – Ferny Creek Road
Average Gradient: 8%
Elevation gain: 258 metres
Traffic: Light traffic
Terrain: Residential/National Park
Road Surface: Good
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One of the original residents of Belgrave was Mr Terry. Who owned a lot of land which was known as Terry’s Hill. He sub-divided it into one and a half acre blocks which were sold for £15 each. A road was put through here which was to be known as Terry’s Avenue. There are two separate climbs on Terry’s Avenue. Either of them could be considered amongst the Dandenong’s toughest climbs. Terry’s has been used as the Queen climb in the Climbing Cyclists Dirty Dozen Domestique series in the Dandenong’s on serveral occasions.
Terry’s Avenue climb
The climb begins from the big roundabout on the Burwood Highway & Terry’s Avenue. Immediately the road ramps above 20% in gradient. A large number of riders use the mail delivery system to get up such a steep gradient. This involves zig-zagging from one post box to the next. In order to help the rider get the ascendancy to get up such a steep climb.
Terry’s Avenue is a real lung-buster and you will need legs of steel to get up this beast.
Once over the top you will find a new appreciation for oxygen. A as you desperately try sucking as much into your depleted lungs as you can. Before you hit the next climb there is 1 km of descending. After the torture of Terry’s, it is a major challenge to get your body & mind ready for round 2…..
Belgrave – Ferny Creek Road
When you leave the residential area and enter the Dandenong Ranges National Park. The road goes skywards yet again (after you pass Sandells Road). Even though you’re on the same road. The name of the road changes to Belgrave-Ferny Creek Road.
Belgrave Ferny Creek Road isn’t quite as steep as Terry’s. But it is still very, very, very, very steep and much longer. The scenery is quite stunning, but you’ll be so far into the red zone that you won’t notice much. If you harbour any doubts about this climb don’t. It will hurt like a MF getting up this thing. I can quite assure you getting off and walking up this hill will hurt you a lot more.
This road offers arguably the most challenging sealed climb in the Dandenong Ranges. If you want to see yourself as a climber. There is a right of passage to have the ability to get up a climb like this in one piece. That is without getting off to walk.
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