Sherbrooke Road is one of the most stunning roads in the Dandenong Ranges. It’s a very popular tourist destination with places such as Grant’s picnic ground, the Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens & George Tindale Memorial Gardens. With some of the Dandenong Ranges most popular wedding venues such as Poets lane and Marybrooke Manor, this road attracts a large number of tourist traffic.
No one has been crazy enough to Everest this road up until now due to the traffic.
Four riders, led by Adam Dawson organised to Everest Sherbrooke Road in the early hours of the morning on Saturday 29 April. Adam convinced his mates David Louis, Andrew Coveney and Fabian Ariano to come and do their first Everest. This was Adam’s second Everest after he Eversted one of the Dandenong’s steepest climbs “Kia Ora Parade” last Haloween.
This narrow climb up Sherbrooke Road is quite steep. The first km twists and winds its way up to the township of Sherbrooke, averaging around 9%. Boasting one of the finest hairpins in the Dandenong Ranges. This climb takes you through the Sherbrooke Forest, and is simply stunning. Its only downside is that you always expect to see water which trickles onto the road. This can be treacherous on the descent.
This turned out to be quite a challenging Everest. It rained relentlessly throughout the morning, soaking everyone to the skin. This caused the descent to be quite slippery, and everyone had their hands on their brakes on a road which never fully dried out. This cost time and energy spent braking extra hard into the corners. Adam said “A very wet day out on the bike. Unbelievable physical strength and mental fortitude on display from everyone.” When the rain eased up, the traffic set in, and there are only several points where cars could safely pass. More often than not cars would cut across the middle lane, regardless of whether a blind corner was up ahead.
Andrew commented that “between sunset to when I finished at 1:20 am there was only 2 laps when I wasn’t passed by a car”.
Fabian had Garmin issues, and Adam somehow copped four punctures. This cost him a tone of time. No matter what was thrown everyone stood tall. No one appeared to struggle on what is a tough little climb. There was strength amongst the group, and everyone pulled out the ride of their lives.
The ride of the day easily went to Andrew. Not only did he have to battle the traffic, and the wet and cold miserable conditions. Andrew had a horrendous run of bad luck. After two major mechanicals his wheel bearing went. There was an O-ring missing from his front assembly which he thought let water get into the bearing killing it. Given its only 2,000 km old I won’t voice some of the colorful language used. This almost derailed his Everesting attempt, and at one point Andrew was forced to change over to a Mountain bike, whilst desperate repairs were being done to his bike. Through grit and determination he pushed through this and Andrew finished hours after everyone else finished at 1:20 am in the wee hours of the morning.
Sherbrooke Road is one of the last icons of the Dandenong Ranges to be Everested. Their story is one of legend and each of the four riders can be very proud of what they ahieved. All up there have been over 1,600 Eversts completed, with the Dandenong Ranges still holding the record for the most concentrated amount of Everests in the one area. There have been over 30 separate climbs Everested in and around the Dandenong Ranges, proving its popularity.
Congratulations to all the riders and support crew that came along for the ride. I hope you can find the time to give them all Kudos as they all deserved it for such an incredible ride.
- Distance: 221 km
- Elevation: 9,052 vertical
- Riding time: 15 hours 13 minutes
- Overall time: 18 hours 5 minutes
- Noel Eastwood You can wear that grey strip proudly now. Congratulations
- Clint Woodward Always knew you’d knock one of these out one day, congratulations David 🎉
- Mr. T. Mighty impressive lads!! I think the decent would’ve been just as exhausting. Not an easy task on that road with the moss and traffic playing havoc. Congrats to all you blokes; David, Andrew, Fabian and Adam.
- Distance: 244 km
- Elevation: 10,039 vertical
- Riding time: 17 hours 17 mins
- Overall time: 20 hours 49 mins
- Clint Woodward Nice combo to hit 10000m on and another Nongs icon ticked off. Great work!
- Adrian Dickinson Well done Adam. Great achievement. ..way better you than me 🙂
- Paula McGovern Any excuse Adam not to change nappies!!!!
- Distance: 213 km
- Elevation: 8,848 vertical
- Riding time: 16 hours 40 mins
- Overall time: 22 hours 59 mins
- Adam Dawson Unstoppable. I would have chucked it in at halfway with the luck you were having.
- John Van Seters Now that’s one heck of an effort after all the mechanicalls thrown at you, well done Andrew, that’d some grit and determination!
- Martin English Maaaaaate!! This is amazing!! Well done you mad determined bastard!!
- Distance: 223 km
- Elevation: 8,920 vertical
- Riding time: 16 hours 9 mins
- Overall time: 18 hours 27 mins
- David louis Congrats Fabian – was a pleasure riding with you yesterday. Unbelievably strong all day!
- Derek Rothsay Fabulous Fabian, well done, but 8920 m horizontal would have been easier…
- Boyd Williams Giddy Up. Magnificent effort Fabian and crew.