Mount Tarrengower (Maldon)

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Mount Tarrengower (Maldon)
Distance: 2.2 km
Average Gradient: 9%
Maximum Gradient: 17%
Elevation gain: 203 metres
Terrain: State Park
Road Surface: Good

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Images taken by Daniel Carmody.

Mount Tarrengower sits at 570 metres above sea level.  Offering some of the most stunning views that you are likely to see by bike in Central Victoria.  If you’re a climbing enthusiast you’ll want to add this to your bucket list.  This climb is one of Victoria’s steepest average gradient for a Category 3 climb.

The climb commences shortly after you pass Bryant Street on Mt Tarrengower Road.  The road immediately ramps up & does not dip below 10% until you reach the top.  The climb offers stunning views to either side of the road and is a pure lung buster.  Which you will spend blissfully in the pain cave, until you reach the lookout tower up top.

Mountain Biking

Mount Tarrengower is incredibly popular with Mounatain Bikers.  Offering some incredible downhill Mountain Bike trails.  There is a choice from with 2 intermediate tracks, 1 advanced track & 1 extreme track.  Ranging from a seriously rocky, short downhill race track to the more flowy valley track.  Mount Tarrengower has hosted state level Downhill MTB events and is a popular venue for shuttle days (to a Road biker it may appear strange to get driven up a hill, but guess they’re there for the downhill).

Ride days are offered with a quick shuttle service to take the riders back to the top for some more adrenaline filled fun. All riders require a full face helmet to participate.

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Maldon

Victoria has some amazing country towns which are a gem to ride around.  At the base of Mount Tarrengower is the township of Maldon and is located 135 km northwest of Melbourne. The was first discovered by Europeans in 1836, during Major Thomas Mitchells’ famous Victorian expedition. In December 1853, Captain John Mechosk, a German prospector discovered gold, and Maldon became a part of the Victorian Gold Rush, which resulted in 20,000 diggers flooding to Maldon.  By the following year only 2,000 remained.

Maldon developed as an industrial mining town during the later years of the 1800s. As one of Victoria’s richest quartz mining centers, various mines at various times recorded the highest returns in the State.  Mining declined in the first part of the 20th century with the last mine closing in 1926 which saw a huge decrease in the town’s population.

Image taken by Pat M2007; courtesy of Flickr

Today Maldon has retained an authentic pioneer-like appearance with history of the gold-mining era being preserved, and a truly remarkable place to ride.

 

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