The Magic Roundabout

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The Magic Roundabout is found at the end of Range road in Olinda.   This is a unique  dead end road.  This takes you out to the Dandenong Ranges National Park and is quite a special place to visit.    The “Magic Roundabout” itself is an ancient tree which the road has been built around.  Situated opposite the top of one of the Dandenong’s most popular climbs “The Wall”.  This is a great little detour you can do to add a little scenery to your ride.  Offering some very short sharp challenging pinches and can be an excuse to test out the legs.

The first part of this climb starts from the Olinda shops.  This is a 300 metre pinch which gets steadily steeper until it peaks at close to 17%.  Whilst only short, this is a real lung buster.  Once you get over the top has a special treat as there is one incredible descent in front of you.   Whilst only short the descent is fast & furious.  A rush which and one of my favourite short descents in the Dandenong’s.

The Magic Roundabout is a special place to ride.  You’ll have to visit it yourself to feel the wonder that it brings.  It would be nice to stop & smell the roses but that extremely steep descent you came flying down.  If you want a hope in hell of getting back up it in one piece you really want to get a good run round the Magic Roundabout and slingshot your way up the wall that lies in front of you.  The return trip is much steeper & peaks at almost 20%.  Take care on the descent to the Olinda shops.  You are more likely to encounter traffic as you near the main Tourist Road.

Dandenong Ranges National Park

Clash of the Titans

If you enjoy testing your strength or like a good pissing contest then I can highly recommend to take on the Clash of the Titans segment.  Essentially it entails putting yourself heavily into the pain cave and smashing yourself on both pinches which is no easy feat.  Sprinting up two seperate pinches which peak at nearly 20% is an experience that you won’t easily forget……

If you’re game!

View Strava segment here:

The Magic Roundabout
Olinda side
Distance: 300 metres
Gradient: 8%
Here is a link to the Strava segment here:

The return climb

Distance: 400 metres
Gradient: 7%
Here is a link to the Strava segment here:

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