Length: 500 metres
Height gain: 85 metres
Maximum gradient: 27%
Average gradient: 17%
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When it comes to extreme climbing. I’m a big fan. When you find a climb which peaks at 27% and averages 17% you know it’s going to hurt like a MF! Pigeon Bank Road which is part of the Green Wedge area. And is considered one of the icons of the north and a climb which has to be seen to be believed.
Beginning of climb; intersection of Pigeon Bank Road and Yarra River Court.
Pigeon Bank Road climb
The base of this climb is in a valley. You have the chance to hit some incredibly high speeds on the descent leading up to the climb. You’ll be flying at an incredibly high speed which will help you get up a fraction of this climb before gravity sinks in. Pretty quick you’re legs will be reminding you that you are trying to ride up a wall. The first 300 metres is extreme, with the gradient sitting between 20 – 27%. Do whatever you have to. Beg, Scream, deliver the mail. No matter what your level of fitness is I can guarantee that you will be entering the pain cave!
The last 200 metres the gradient eases up to a nice 10% – 15% average. If you’ve cooked your legs on the really steep part this is going to hurt something special. If you’ve still got legs, sorry to break it to you but this is going to hurt something special. An incredibly high level of fitness is required to get up a climb like this and would only recommend this to riders who feel comfortable climbing gradients in excess of 20%
How to get there
Pigeon Bank Road is located approximately 33 km north-east of Melbourne and you can access the climb from either Menzies Road or Kangaroo Ground-Warrandyte Road.