Blacks Road (Dunedin, New Zealand)

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Distance: 500 metres
Average Gradient: 12%
Maximum Gradient: 35%
Elevation gain: 71 metres
Traffic:Light traffic
Terrain: Sealed
Category: 4

Here is a link to the Strava segment here:

Blacks Road is a short straight street which is 500 metres in length, which is several Streets up from Baldwin Street in Dunedin, NZ which is listed in the Guiness Book of Records as the world’s steepest residential street peaking at 35%. Whilst not as steep Baldwin Road, it is just as vicious and arguably harder as its a fair bit longer.  The Strava segment claims this road averages 12%.  If you look at the photo, you can probably tell that the average gradient is full of sh@t.  This is one steep fucka!  You might question why a council would build streets on such steep inclines.  The street’s steepness was unintentional.  When Dunedin was being settled, its streets were laid out in a grid pattern with no consideration for the terrain, and you can blame the British, as the roads were designed back in London.

Blacks Road
Image taken by Tony Bowden, courtesy of Flickr

If you’re a hill junkie like myself.  The thought of pushing yourself through the pain barrier to get up to the top of a climb like this without walking is worth a lot of bragging rights.

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