Mount Lofty Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

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6.6 mi
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1,893 ft
GAINED
5.4 %
AVG. GRADE

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Page Contributor(s): Nick Payne, Canberra, Australia

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Mount Lofty from Crafers is featured for the first time in the 2023 Tour Down Under on Stage 5 - it is included 5 times.  The first pass is just after the start (Mount Lofty - 2023 TDU Start) and the next 4 are 25 km circuits and a summit finish to complete the 2023 TDU (Mount Lofty - 4 Passes TDU Stage 5).  

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sign reads "Welcome to Mount Lofty Summit"

Cycling Mt. Lofty - Southern Australia’s #1 Climb

Ride 10.6 kilometers gaining 585 meters at 5.4% average grade.

Mount Lofty is rated the hardest bike climb in South Australia by the Fiets Index.  This is really two climbs, the first is Greenhill Road at 7.5 kilometers and 6.3% (by itself #2 in South Australia), and the second is the three kilometers on Mount Lofty Road at 3.4%.  Two-thirds of the climb is in the 5-10% range, and the steepest kilometer on this climb is 8.1%.

photo collage shows animal crossing signs, road signs for Mt. Lofty Summit; bike parked in front of summit sign, view looking down from climb summit on Adelaide region

Mount Lofty is the highest point in the Adelaide Region.

The other route up Mount Lofty is from the south and the direction the 2023 Tour Down Under will use -

Climb summary by PJAMM’s Brad Butterfield.

The route follows the same road as Greenhill for the first 4.5 miles. Once you swing the right hander onto the Mt. Lofty summit road the gradient will ease slightly and there are even a few brief downhills. The thick eucalyptus trees block the views below until you reach Mt. Lofty visitor center and old fire lookout. There is a cafe up there too, and it looks to be a fairly popular tourist destination.

views along the climb, including a sign for kangaroo crossing and tree-lined roadways

bike parked in front of white monument at Mt. Lofty Ranges Fire Spotting Tower

Mount Lofty Summit.