Distance: 700 metres
Average Gradient: 14.2%
Maximum Gradient: 30%
Elevation gain: 92 metres
Road Surface: Part sealed/Gravel
Here is a link to the Strava segment here:
Tell me a story of a time when you came upon a hill so hard that you had to get off and walk….
Let me introduce you climb which begins on Leila Road on the lower slopes of Mount Little Joe. A backstreet located just behind the Cog Cafe. The road is quite narrow and its steep. Very, very steep! The first part is paved and in good shape, and don’t let yourself be lulled into a false sense of security. Once you pass the residential part you will enter the forest, & the road turns to gravel and just got harder
You’ll find loose gravel all over the road and will have to pick the right riding line. It probably doesn’t help that the gradient is in excess of 10% but appreciate that whilst it lasts as its just going to get steeper.
You’ll turn right onto Story Road and no one would blame you for crapping your pants and turning right around. There’s steep & then there’s this. With only 100 metres left of climbing you may wonder what all the fuss is about. The 23% average gradient is hard by itself, but the fact that there is loose gravel everywhere & a non-existent riding line getting traction to get up this sucker is going to be a battle. One which most who have tried climbing it failed, and if you’re doing over 6kmph then you’re doing well
If you are interested in the sequel, then go back and do Story Road over and over again. Take care on the gravel descent but make sure you enjoy the views of Mount Donna Buang on the way down.