Just wondering what some of the climbs are around Melbourne, I’ve done a bit of Mt Dande climbing lately, kinlake and around, and the only others I know of ate the you yangs, Mt Donna Buang and Arthurs Seat. but are there any other places to go for some long climbs that are within a 150km trip of Melbs? Trains are always an option too…
Trying to Mix it up a bit more on my Monday rides,
Also are the climbs at Donna Buang and the You Yangs? Steep? Long?
I find the online mapping sites useful for planning rides, they can give a reasonable indication of steepness and distance. If you map a ride you have already done you can get an indication of how hard future rides will be. Bike Trails, Paths & Routes From Over 40 Countries at Bikely.com Site is often down or not accessible. Also does not seem to work with some versions of Internet Explorer.
Donna Buang is a fairly long climb but not ridiculously steep. Lake Mountain is a good climb too. Start at Healesville or Narbethong to get the steeper sections of road. The last 10 km or so to the summit is actually pretty mild. To avoid the traffic try starting from Warburton and head up the back way along the Warburton - Woods Point Rd.