Charlotte Pass

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Distance:  32.2 km
Gradient: 3%
Elevation gain: 1,100 metres
Surface: Sealed
Terrain: Alpine

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Sitting at an altitude of close to 1,800 metres above sea level. Charlotte Pass is the highest peak that cyclists can climb in Australia.  This climb is a lot more challenging than its 3% average gradient suggests.  The climb is open to the elements and you can face heavy winds and at altitude.  With the air is much thinner which makes breathing more of a challenge.  There is 7 km of descending along the way.  Which makes the 3% average gradient very deceptive for how hard this climb truly is.

Image taken by Edwin, courtesy of Flickr

As you make your way up Kosziusko Road up to Charolette Pass.  You will see Lake Jindabyne to your right.  If you enjoy your fishing it would be tempting to stop & pull out a rod.  This Lake has Australia’s largest population of Trout.  The climb is long but offers a fairly consistent gradient.  With not much in the way of challenging gradients, with several descents along the way.  As you make your way up to the summit.  The higher you climb the you’ll notice the roadside vegetation thinning and you will be surrounded by a barren scrub.  Its an uninviting place, and on a windy day you’ll be barraged by winds on the treeless plains.

Charlotte Pass

Charlotte Pass is Australia’s highest snow resort at 1,765 metres.  It is located in the Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales. And is recognised as Australia’s coldest location. The pass and village are named after Charlotte Adams.  Who, was the first European woman to climb Mount Kosciuszko in 1881.

After Charlotte Pass, there is a further 9 kilometres of climbing leading to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko.  This has been closed to traffic since 1982 due to environmental reasons.

Image taken by Mick Stanic; courtesy of Flickr

This is a fantastic area to ride around it offers some very challenging climbs.

Image of Lake Jindabyne, taken by Matt Brand
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