Distance: 11.5 km
Average Gradient: 7%
Elevation gain: 817 meters
Traffic: Light traffic
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Mount William climb
Mount William takes you on an inspiring 12 km ascent through the Grampians National Park. This climb offers stunning views. And has the reputation of having one of the hardest finishes to a HC climb in Victoria. The final 1.9 km takes you up a winding walking track which has an average gradient of 12%. Its a really tough climb, but the views at the top are worth it.
The climb commences at the intersection of Grampians Road & Mt William Road.
The gradient for the first 6 km is quite steady and is easy to get into a rhythm
The road flattens out and you are treated to some absolutely stunning views to the right had side of the road.
Climbing resumes over the next couple of km and the gradient keeps a steady 6 – 7%. You will be able to see the peak of Mount William. The closer you get, the more ominous it will look.
Once you get to the Mount William car park. You pass through a set of gates and the road surface is quite rough and course. And does not provide good traction. The gradient does not dip below 10% from here & the climb is quite extreme. You will think of giving up and getting off to walk but you should focus on getting to the top. The reward of making it up this climb is to get a chance to see the view of the Grampians National Park. Its easily one of the best views you will be likely to get from a bike in Victoria.