Seeking long hill climb training courses in Sydney

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Seeking long hill climb training courses in Sydney

Postby marc2131 » Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:31 am

My team and I plan to do the NSW Club Team Time Trials (Nowra) again this year.
As some of you will know, there is an 18km hill climb. Pretty grueling, but not overly steep.
While I dont have problems with this, one of my team mates only realised he had problems with this climb on the day of the event.
Am looking for potential climbs we can incorporate into a training regime. Some of us are keen to do Sydney's Royal National Park, eventhough the gradients are a bit on the extreme side and not indicative of the Nowra course.
I am looking for a course which replicates the Nowra climb; 3-5 degree climb over 18 or so kilometres.
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Re: Seeking long hill climb training courses in Sydney

Postby biker jk » Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:53 am

You could try Mangrove Mountain (Wiseman's Ferry Rd). Climbing for around 12km but average gradient is less than 3%. Steeper at beginning then starts to flatten out.

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Re: Seeking long hill climb training courses in Sydney

Postby rogan » Wed Jan 15, 2014 1:49 pm

So, 3% over 18 km would get you 540 metres above sea level. For that, you need the Blue Mountains or 120+ km south of Sydney. The Great Western Highway is largely rideable these days, at least as far as Faulconbridge. And yes, there are sections above 5%.

There are some good climbs on the South Coast (such as Macquarie Pass) but they are real climbs, with sections above 5%, and no significant flat spots like you get on the GWH. If you are going that far you should consider riding the course itself.
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Re: Seeking long hill climb training courses in Sydney

Postby vander » Wed Jan 15, 2014 3:00 pm

http://www.strava.com/segments/1794388

Its a 1% climb not 3-5%. So given that its more a drag than a climb. I wouldnt worry too much about getting climbing in and more 20-30min consistent efforts at TT pace/hr.
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Re: Seeking long hill climb training courses in Sydney

Postby Chuck » Thu Jan 16, 2014 9:06 am

marc2131 wrote:
I am looking for a course which replicates the Nowra climb; 3-5 degree climb over 18 or so kilometres.



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Re: Seeking long hill climb training courses in Sydney

Postby trailgumby » Fri Jan 17, 2014 6:12 am

If you are looking to do intervals the climb from the harbour up to Mosman in front of Taronga Zoo could be useful but its only 5-7 minutes long. Best I can think of that's actually *in* Sydney. The rest are off road.

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Re: Seeking long hill climb training courses in Sydney

Postby MREJ » Fri Jan 17, 2014 7:15 am

M7 bike path heading north from Prestons.

Sutherland to Sublime Pt along the old highway.

Ride the freeway from Liverpool towards Goulburn - basically a (very long) uphill drag.

The second is the best of these in my view, and most similar to the Nowra ride. Lots of TT types ride it for training.
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Re: Seeking long hill climb training courses in Sydney

Postby marc2131 » Fri Jan 17, 2014 7:56 am

Thanks guys. Will mull these over the the team. :)
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