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Re: What is the steepest rd in Sydney?

Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:09 am
by Addictr3
Wonder what Wakehurst Parkway climb is heading to Frenchs Forest?

Re: What is the steepest rd in Sydney?

Posted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:29 pm
by familyguy
Heading south, kicks off at 9% just beyond the flat past Oxford Falls Rd, and gets to 17% just before Frenchs Forest Road, so says MapMyRide. I believe that.

Jim

What is the steepest rd in Sydney?

Posted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:18 pm
by toolonglegs
Haha... Wakehurst parkway 17% section. Must of been some topo changes since I left :-)

Re: What is the steepest rd in Sydney?

Posted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:08 pm
by familyguy
Just the final run before the road, last about 50m@17%. Nowhere near a HC like your backyard TLL!

Jim

Re: What is the steepest rd in Sydney?

Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 6:58 pm
by Addictr3
Climbed the Parkway again this morning, wasnt too bad :P

Re: What is the steepest rd in Sydney?

Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:21 am
by HillBilly
I'd be really surprised if Wakehurst Pwy hits 17%....

There are lots of suburban streets scattered across Sydney that are short and steep. Parts of South Turramurra, Wahroonga and Beecroft (Malton Rd) many of which are deadends down into valleys are notoriously steep. Certainly around the 20% level. Another place with super steep hills is the western side Bilgola Plateau. The ride up from Prince Alfred Pde to Lower Plateau Rd (I think it's Loombah St?) is around 20%.

I'm not convinced a Garmin gives an accurate reading on steep climbs - the combination of slow speeds, hilly terrain and tree cover seems to play havoc with the readings. Certainly when it comes to spot readings versus average gradients over a longer stretch.

HillBilly.

Re: What is the steepest rd in Sydney?

Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 12:07 pm
by rogan
It's been mentioned before in this thread, but Pretoria Pde Hornsby averages 21% for 350 m, climbing 74 m vertical in that distance. That's approximately equal in vertical gain to riding halfway out of Bobbin Head.

Re: What is the steepest rd in Sydney?

Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:01 pm
by simonn
HillBilly wrote:Another place with super steep hills is the western side Bilgola Plateau.


Hansford Pde, Bilgola. Definitely > 20% going by how I felt climbing it compared to other ~20% ish climbs e.g. parts of Bumble Hill and Dog Trap rd. Was desperation grinding in both 30/26 (the first time) and 39/29 (the second time). Short though, and at least I didn't get off and push :).

HillBilly wrote:I'm not convinced a Garmin gives an accurate reading on steep climbs


+1

Re: What is the steepest rd in Sydney?

Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:01 am
by queequeg
rogan wrote:It's been mentioned before in this thread, but Pretoria Pde Hornsby averages 21% for 350 m, climbing 74 m vertical in that distance. That's approximately equal in vertical gain to riding halfway out of Bobbin Head.


Used to ride all the way from Valley Rd up Pretoria Pde to Pac Hwy on a BMX, having come down the Firetrail from Quarter Sessions Rd in Westleigh!

Re: What is the steepest rd in Sydney?

Posted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:53 pm
by meridaman
Anyone mentioned the road to the causeway crossing in the National Park at Glenbrook??

Re: What is the steepest rd in Sydney?

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:57 am
by SmellyTofu
Tread bump.

I tried Ryedale Rd on the weekend and I was spent by the time I got 1/3 of the way up past Sixth Ave (having come from Meadowbank wharf). Stopped for 5 mins and continued to only just give up before getting to Fifth Ave and stopping in a heap for 15mins to recover. How does anyone get better to climb that hill apart from a cup of 60MPa concrete?

Re: What is the steepest rd in Sydney?

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:51 pm
by tk38
SmellyTofu wrote:Tread bump.

I tried Ryedale Rd on the weekend and I was spent by the time I got 1/3 of the way up past Sixth Ave (having come from Meadowbank wharf). Stopped for 5 mins and continued to only just give up before getting to Fifth Ave and stopping in a heap for 15mins to recover. How does anyone get better to climb that hill apart from a cup of 60MPa concrete?


haha i did this in my single speed. It took many fail attempts to just get up to sixth.
Now if i want to go up, i turn left at sixth and make my way the long way around, where the gradient is less. Haven't done it in while and now i started riding road bikes. I don't think i can do it anymore!

What is the steepest rd in Sydney?

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:35 pm
by queequeg
SmellyTofu wrote:Tread bump.

I tried Ryedale Rd on the weekend and I was spent by the time I got 1/3 of the way up past Sixth Ave (having come from Meadowbank wharf). Stopped for 5 mins and continued to only just give up before getting to Fifth Ave and stopping in a heap for 15mins to recover. How does anyone get better to climb that hill apart from a cup of 60MPa concrete?


Hehehe, they cheat and use the Shared path around to the train station :-)

Re: What is the steepest rd in Sydney?

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:30 pm
by ecreek
+1 for Arden Street

Re: What is the steepest rd in Sydney?

Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 4:48 pm
by AndrewBurns
Got lost near Bayview today and went down a one-way road called Kennedy place, there was a wall right at the end that must have been near 20% (garmin said 18.4 I think). I was in the 34/29 combo and standing on the pedals and could barely make it up, definitely the steepest hill I've ever been on but only for about 20m).

Re: What is the steepest rd in Sydney?

Posted: Sun Jul 22, 2012 1:18 am
by diggler
Near the Uni of NSW is Barker St and Middle St. Anybody know how steep they are? Is there a website for this?

Re: What is the steepest rd in Sydney?

Posted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 5:32 pm
by Alycat
3k from home on my every day ride, there is a 17/18% climb, as per Garmin. After 50k it is not too bad, after a 100k it is a bit harder :roll:

Re: What is the steepest rd in Sydney?

Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 1:27 pm
by SmellyTofu
Anyone mentioned Edgar St and the other road parallel to it, Jenkins St (just that 1 lane bit) in Chatswood? I'd struggle to crawl up those hills and if it's raining, I have no idea how cars can get up that road without a run up.

http://goo.gl/maps/6Ivx6

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Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 11:18 pm
by orukusaki
mikesbytes wrote:Add Wallace st, Marrickville South

I had to chuck a u'ie when I realised that I needed a lower gear and would of just fallen over if I tried to change. With aid of the triple I made it up on the second attempt.


Wallace street is definitely up there (I live at the top of it). At top of Wallace turning left onto Livingstone Rd is also pretty steep, but Wallace would be steeper (the footpath has a handrail!).

Re: What is the steepest rd in Sydney?

Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:43 am
by sb944
SmellyTofu wrote:Anyone mentioned Edgar St and the other road parallel to it, Jenkins St (just that 1 lane bit) in Chatswood? I'd struggle to crawl up those hills and if it's raining, I have no idea how cars can get up that road without a run up.

http://goo.gl/maps/6Ivx6


Tried Edgar St the last couple of mornings. Put it on Strava, it claims a 9% grade. The earlier Fullers Pain, going from the intersection of Lady Game Dr and Delhi Rd up towards Chatswood is claimed to be 13%, and definitely tougher overall, as it's a fair bit longer. Yesterday I took it easy through the national park and got up Fullers and Edgar OK, today I went quicker through the park, and both were tough climbs. I still think Fullers is quite a bit tougher though.

Re: What is the steepest rd in Sydney?

Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 11:19 am
by Dean Whittle
Getting up to Earlwood (sth of Marrickville& Cooks River cycleway) can be fun, but there are few ways in.

Being a 'returned cyclist' after 25yrs out of the saddle, the easiest route I've found is up Wardell Rd from Dulwich Hill, I've progressed to coming up Bass St (short and reasonably steep) and then onto Wardell.

I have come in via Wolli Ave twice and that was fun, if short.

I'd like to tackle coming in via either Thompson St (off Permanent Ave) or Burlington Ave, again short and steep.

The challenging entries (for me at least) will be either coming in via Bayview Ave from Tempe (near the Canterbury/Tempe Velodrome) or up Homer Street from Marrickville, both around 400m long, not too sure of the rise.

Regards

Re: What is the steepest rd in Sydney?

Posted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 1:50 pm
by george-bob
SmellyTofu wrote:Tread bump.

I tried Ryedale Rd on the weekend and I was spent by the time I got 1/3 of the way up past Sixth Ave (having come from Meadowbank wharf). Stopped for 5 mins and continued to only just give up before getting to Fifth Ave and stopping in a heap for 15mins to recover. How does anyone get better to climb that hill apart from a cup of 60MPa concrete?


ive climbed ryedale a few times in the last month. i can go through an entire ride without my heart rate going above 150, including climbs like bobbin head and fullers rd in chatswood. but without fail ryedale pushes my HR well above 170! standing up and pushing as hard as i can is the only way i have managed to make it to the top...though i still managed to maintain an average of 11km/h on the steep part!

Re: What is the steepest rd in Sydney?

Posted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 2:13 pm
by Ozkaban
Ozkaban wrote:There's a hill in Berowra which is steeper - Acacia. I've measured it at just on 13 degrees, which converts to 20-something percent. Haven't attempted to ride up that yet.


I finally got around to riding up Acacia with the Garmin. It reckons the steepest bit is 20.8 deg (there's one section that it thinks is 26.6, but it's so short that I think it's a data anomaly)

Still a serious enough little hill! I did 5 repeats. After the 4th I had to go for a 2k loop around the block or I would have puked :?

Re: What is the steepest rd in Sydney?

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 4:40 pm
by sb944
george-bob wrote:
SmellyTofu wrote:Tread bump.

I tried Ryedale Rd on the weekend and I was spent by the time I got 1/3 of the way up past Sixth Ave (having come from Meadowbank wharf). Stopped for 5 mins and continued to only just give up before getting to Fifth Ave and stopping in a heap for 15mins to recover. How does anyone get better to climb that hill apart from a cup of 60MPa concrete?


ive climbed ryedale a few times in the last month. i can go through an entire ride without my heart rate going above 150, including climbs like bobbin head and fullers rd in chatswood. but without fail ryedale pushes my HR well above 170! standing up and pushing as hard as i can is the only way i have managed to make it to the top...though i still managed to maintain an average of 11km/h on the steep part!


Tried Ryedale today, tough climb, but its downhill before, so you can attack it nice and fresh. Even did Melville after.

I was beat by a hill last week though. Linden Way Castlecrag. Similar to Fullers, winds around and just keeps going. I thought I had it then I just lost momentum and quit 3/4 up.

Re: What is the steepest rd in Sydney?

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:24 am
by george-bob
sb944 wrote:
george-bob wrote:
SmellyTofu wrote:Tread bump.

I tried Ryedale Rd on the weekend and I was spent by the time I got 1/3 of the way up past Sixth Ave (having come from Meadowbank wharf). Stopped for 5 mins and continued to only just give up before getting to Fifth Ave and stopping in a heap for 15mins to recover. How does anyone get better to climb that hill apart from a cup of 60MPa concrete?


ive climbed ryedale a few times in the last month. i can go through an entire ride without my heart rate going above 150, including climbs like bobbin head and fullers rd in chatswood. but without fail ryedale pushes my HR well above 170! standing up and pushing as hard as i can is the only way i have managed to make it to the top...though i still managed to maintain an average of 11km/h on the steep part!


Tried Ryedale today, tough climb, but its downhill before, so you can attack it nice and fresh. Even did Melville after.

I was beat by a hill last week though. Linden Way Castlecrag. Similar to Fullers, winds around and just keeps going. I thought I had it then I just lost momentum and quit 3/4 up.


i will have to check out linden way, looks brutal. funny you mentioned both ryedale and fullers, as i rode both this morning! feeling a little tired now though :?