Summit Road West Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

5.3
FIETS
3.5 mi
DISTANCE
1,775 ft
GAINED
9.8 %
AVG. GRADE

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This is a scenic and epic bike climb on Banks Peninsula, New Zealand.

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narrow two-lane roadway on hillside, Summit Road West

Cycling Summit Road West, New Zealand

Ride 5.6 kilometers gaining 538 meters at 9.7% average grade.

This is a must-do bike climb on New Zealand’s South Island and is the second hardest bike climb all of New Zealand.

photo collage, road signs for Long Bay Road, Eastern Bays via Summit Road, aerial drone views of roadway

road signs for Long Bay Road, Eastern Bays, Summit Road, winery, Christchurch

The climb begins by riding east on Long Bay Road from Akaroa on Banks Peninsula on the east side of South Island, New Zealand.

Climb summary by PJAMM’s Brad Butterfield.

This is one of those climbs where every single factor that could possibly come together on one mountain, does. The result is an unforgettable, albeit tough climb up from the bay near Akaroa up the “Summit Road.” The climb is exposed for the duration, offering postcard views of the surrounding jagged mountains, the serpentine bay, and the small wineries and farms sprinkled along the hillside. The climb is a wall from start to finish. There are a few sections which “ease up” but in the context of the climb, this still means six or seven percent.

picture perfect views along the climb, green hillsides, blue skies, sign for wineries

photo collage shows picturesque views looking back over Takamatua Bay from the climb

Views back to Takamatua Bay as we climb.

photo collage shows more picture perfect views on the climb: green hills, blue skies, rolling hillsides

photo collage shows signs for Long Bay Road, Akaroa Tourist Drive

Bear left onto Summit Road from Long Bay Road at kilometer 5.

PJAMM Cycling's Brad Butterfield stands at climb summit with bike, giving thumbs up

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