About the 1 in 20
There is an aura surrounding the 1 in 20. This is easily one Melbourne’s most iconic climbs. Which takes riders up a journey along the Mountain Highway through the Dandenong Ranges National Park. The 1 in 20 is 6.8km in length and has an average gradient of 4%. Its a climb which appeals to riders of all abilities. And is a climb which riders use as a benchmark to test how fast they are uphill. In a friendly manner the 1 in 20 is Melbourne’s biggest pissing contest. It’s common for riders to compare their 1 in 20 times against their mates.
The name 1 in 20 came from its average gradient. Which is funny as technically 1/20 represents 5% not the climbs 4% average. As it’s such a cool sounding name no one’s seemed to complain about a little technicality.
The climb takes you through the Dandenong Ranges National Park. Which is truly breathtaking offering temperate Rainforest and a wide variety of native flora and fauna. The road winds its way up Mountain Highway between The Basin and Sassafras,. It is a gentle climb which is great for cyclists of all abilities to test themselves.
Plan your ride
Train service available to “Ferntree Gully” train station. From the train station ride up Forest Road to the base of the 1 in 20. There is 4.5 km of riding of undulating climbing. Click here for Public Transport Victoria for train timetable.
The 1 in 20 has limited parking at base of climb. It is advised to park in the car park next to the Basin Fire Brigade. There is parking available in front of the shops in the Basin, however these have parking restrictions.
Public toilets are available:
- At the base of the 1:20
- In Sassafras at the top of the 1:20
Available at the top and the base of the 1 in 20