Traffic-free climb recommendations

Traffic-free climb recommendations

Postby arkle » Thu Jul 29, 2010 8:23 pm

Hey up,

Anyone know any good climbs that aren't plagued by heavy traffic?

I know about the old freeway/Eagle On The Hill climb but what others are there?

The climb from Blackwood to Crafers would be good but it's far too busy with cars. The same with Greenhill Road.

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Re: Traffic-free climb recommendations

Postby Skidmarx » Thu Jul 29, 2010 9:31 pm

Noticed that you are in Bridgy so will give you a couple of my favourites that are close by and not too busy .....

- The climb from Callington up to Nairne is a good un
- From Balhannah back up Greenhill road to Uraidla will get the heart pumping
- Mylor up to Longwood via Stock road

Hope this helps
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Re: Traffic-free climb recommendations

Postby arkle » Thu Jul 29, 2010 10:24 pm

Skidmarx wrote:Noticed that you are in Bridgy so will give you a couple of my favourites that are close by and not too busy .....

- The climb from Callington up to Nairne is a good un
- From Balhannah back up Greenhill road to Uraidla will get the heart pumping
- Mylor up to Longwood via Stock road

Hope this helps


Thanks!! I ride Balhannah to Mt Lofty Summit most weekends so I'm familiar with that one.. forgotten about Mylor to Warrawong though - that's an evil climb!

And I'll try the Nairne one!

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Re: Traffic-free climb recommendations

Postby Jeremy » Thu Jul 29, 2010 10:32 pm

Norton summit rd is pretty much a bike path.......all the cars take the old road.
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Re: Traffic-free climb recommendations

Postby MichaelB » Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:36 am

I'd agree with Ntn Summit and EoH as being best options in the metro area.

Other thing is to pick your time when you go.

Gorge Rd isn't too bad either - as there are lots of bikes, MOST of the traffic is pretty good.
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Re: Traffic-free climb recommendations

Postby amt » Fri Jul 30, 2010 2:48 pm

Waterfall Gully Road either from Greenhill or Glynburn Road, either way its steady climb not too steep.
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Re: Traffic-free climb recommendations

Postby rustychisel » Fri Jul 30, 2010 2:57 pm

amt wrote:Waterfall Gully Road either from Greenhill or Glynburn Road, either way its steady climb not too steep.


not really a hill though, is it?

Anybody been up there in the last year? Is the road surface still appalling? There have been accidents aplenty and at least one fatality amongst cyclists due to the road surface?

Incidentally, a cyclist died on Old Norton Summit Rd this morning - no details yet. First reports suggest a singular accident (ie no cars involved)
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Re: Traffic-free climb recommendations

Postby amt » Fri Jul 30, 2010 3:05 pm

its a little one yes :)
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Re: Traffic-free climb recommendations

Postby MichaelB » Fri Jul 30, 2010 4:29 pm

rustychisel wrote:
Anybody been up there in the last year? Is the road surface still appalling? There have been accidents aplenty and at least one fatality amongst cyclists due to the road surface?


Yep. You wouldn't catch me riding up there in a fit. Too many cars, crap road surface, and no room.


rustychisel wrote: Incidentally, a cyclist died on Old Norton Summit Rd this morning - no details yet. First reports suggest a singular accident (ie no cars involved)


Heard that through another guy at work :cry: Was up there last Sunday at night.

News article re cyclist death Appears to be from a heart attack rather than accident
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Re: Traffic-free climb recommendations

Postby Glatts » Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:34 pm

I'm down south so I find the old Willunga hill a great climb, Inow it's not exactly close to most but it really is a nice climb with plent of car free roads around that area.
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Re: Traffic-free climb recommendations

Postby shiv » Sat Jul 31, 2010 8:33 am

How has no-one suggested the veloway? Ride from Darlington to willunga without touching a road, and the first 3k is a half decent little climb
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Re: Traffic-free climb recommendations

Postby bionic wombat » Sat Jul 31, 2010 7:23 pm

I am from Southern area - Willunga hill is great and Veloway is nice
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Re: Traffic-free climb recommendations

Postby bongo » Sat Jul 31, 2010 8:11 pm

Cant remember the last time a car passed me whilst climbing corkscrew rd,nor montacute for that matter.
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Re: Traffic-free climb recommendations

Postby shiv » Sat Jul 31, 2010 10:41 pm

bongo wrote:Cant remember the last time a car passed me whilst climbing corkscrew rd,nor montacute for that matter.


Ive had a dump truck pass me very slowly up corkscrew. Very slowly
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Re: Traffic-free climb recommendations

Postby arkle » Sun Aug 01, 2010 2:24 pm

shiv wrote:
bongo wrote:Cant remember the last time a car passed me whilst climbing corkscrew rd,nor montacute for that matter.


Ive had a dump truck pass me very slowly up corkscrew. Very slowly


Maybe you were going quicker than you thought!

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Re: Traffic-free climb recommendations

Postby tripstobaltimore » Sun Aug 01, 2010 3:35 pm

try going up coach rd (top of the parade). That will test you
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Re: Traffic-free climb recommendations

Postby shiv » Sun Aug 01, 2010 8:29 pm

arkle wrote:
shiv wrote:
bongo wrote:Cant remember the last time a car passed me whilst climbing corkscrew rd,nor montacute for that matter.


Ive had a dump truck pass me very slowly up corkscrew. Very slowly


Maybe you were going quicker than you thought!

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Thanks for the compliment, but dont think there is anyway 10kph can seem fast! :D
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Re: Traffic-free climb recommendations

Postby brauluver » Tue Aug 03, 2010 7:07 am

tripstobaltimore wrote:try going up coach rd (top of the parade). That will test you


Thats just a warm up bump, coming down the other side is faaaaast though
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Re: Traffic-free climb recommendations

Postby Wino » Tue Aug 10, 2010 4:53 pm

The trouble I find is that there are a few hills around, but the majority of them are pretty short. (exception being tollgate-Mt Lofty). What would be your fav long challenging (safe) climb?
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Re: Traffic-free climb recommendations

Postby you cannot be sirrus » Tue Aug 10, 2010 6:50 pm

As stated earlier Norton Summit is almost traffic free, Down south Wickhams Hill is pretty quiet and I find most drivers on Willunga Hill are very obliging to cyclists, but I guess it only takes one bad one to spoil the day.
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Re: Traffic-free climb recommendations

Postby Sumichino » Wed Aug 11, 2010 12:10 am

There's not really that many long climbs in Adelaide. There's Greenhill Rd but that is usually busy with traffic. Perhaps try doing the Corkscrew then continue on to Marble Hill up Montacute Rd.
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Re: Traffic-free climb recommendations

Postby MichaelB » Wed Aug 11, 2010 12:03 pm

Sumichino wrote:There's not really that many long climbs in Adelaide. There's Greenhill Rd but that is usually busy with traffic. Perhaps try doing the Corkscrew then continue on to Marble Hill up Montacute Rd.


Greenhill Rd is the longest 'constant' climb that I am aware of close to Adelaide. At only 7.3km from the Roundabout to the bus stop, it ain't long. If you drag it from the intersection of Fullarton/Greenhill to Mt Lofty lookout, it's almost double the length, but then the climbing is much reduced.

Pick your times to ride them is the best bet. That's what I do.
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Re: Traffic-free climb recommendations

Postby alex » Wed Aug 11, 2010 12:45 pm

Sumichino wrote:There's not really that many long climbs in Adelaide. There's Greenhill Rd but that is usually busy with traffic. Perhaps try doing the Corkscrew then continue on to Marble Hill up Montacute Rd.

correct there are not many long climbs, the only way to get a lot of climbing in is to link a bunch of the smaller ones up
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Re: Traffic-free climb recommendations

Postby mtb159 » Fri Dec 17, 2010 5:43 pm

Both Norton Summit and Old Norton Summit Road are basically car-less. There are a few on Old Norton Summit Road but Norton Summit Road is great. 7km climb rarely a car insight. Especially on the decents there are rarely any cars so you don't have to worry about cars coming past you.
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