Milners Gap

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The Yarra Valley is world famous for its Wineries. It’s relatively cool climate makes it suited to produce high-quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Sparkling Wine.  The Yarra Valley is the perfect spot to ride through rolling hills strung with vines, secluded natural valleys set against blue mountain backdrops and lush greenery and pastures, past towering trees and pristine rivers to verdant villages like Marysville and Warburton. The Yarra Valley has riding which appeals to riders of all abilities such as the Lilydale Warburton Trail & O’Shannassy trail which offers great scenic rides.

If you’re willing to go off the beaten track, the Yarra Valley has some amazing hidden wonders.  If you’re travelling through Yarra Junction consider a detour to the south of town and visit Milners Gap which offers two incredibly challenging climbs.  Both have a real bite to them and are short, sharp and nasty. Their steep gradients made them a popular feature in the 2015 edition of the Warburton Dirty Dozen ride.

 

Milners Gap East

Distance: 1.3 km
Average Gradient: 9%
Maximum Gradient: 14%
Elevation gain: 119 metres
Traffic: Light traffic
Terrain: Forest
Category: 4
Road Surface: Good

Here is a link to the Strava segment here:

Milners Gap West

Distance: 900 metres
Average Gradient: 9%
Maximum Gradient: 20%
Elevation gain: 89 metres
Traffic: Light traffic
Terrain: Forest
Category: 4
Road Surface: Good

Here is a link to the Strava segment here:

Milners Gap is well shaded and a great climb to do on a hot day.  Both sides of this climb offers a fairly consistent gradient.  Given that the climb is off the beaten track its one of those roads that you’re not likely to see much traffic.  Whilst neither side is overly long, you’ll be guaranteed a decent workout.

Head to my Yarra Valley page for further information on other climbs around the area:

Link to page here:

 

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