|TIME FROM CITY||10 minutes|
|TRAFFIC||medium (watch for buses)|
|How to get to the climb: Take Davey Street south, and turn left onto Antill Street. Follow Antill Street/Regent Street/Churchill Avenue through to the University. Nelson Road is on your right just after the University.|
I am fortunate that Marc Durdin who runs a blog in Tasmania has allowed me to post some of the climb reviews that he put together around Hobart.
Images and words Marc Durdin
Nelson Road has some unique and fun features. Particularly 7 hairpin bends, and it is also well suited to a tempo style climb for each straight. This allows you to build up a nice rhythm with a high tempo run to each corner, out of the saddle to power around the hairpin. Then back on the seat and into your previous cadence on the next straight. Unfortunately, the lumpy road surface does throw your rhythm as you bump over driveway ramps.
But I guess that’s all part of the fun!
The start of this climb at the intersection between Churchill Avenue and Nelson Road. Although Nelson Road does start down at the Casino at sea level. The section of the climb between the Casino and Churchill Avenue has a lot of traffic. And the intersection with Churchill Avenue is a hassle because of the traffic.
The best features of Nelson Road are the seven hairpin bendss. Which make great waypoints on the climb. Although after Bend 4 one starts to lose track and there’s always a bend or two more than you hope!
After the seventh bend, marked by two big water tanks. You crest onto the “plateau” of the hill and follow the climb, which continues at the same gradient. Albeit without all the zigzagging, to the finish at the intersection with Olinda Grove. This section of the climb is not very interesting. But you will need to keep the power on all the way to the very end if you want to take the KOM in Strava!
Take a left at the end to ride to Mount Nelson Signal Station for incredible views over south eastern Tasmania (definitely recommended) and coffee. Turn right to take the quick way down on Proctor’s Rd. Or if you are crazy, down the Southern Outlet.