Cycling Dead Horse Gap, New South Wales, Australia
Ride 17.6 kilometers gaining 1,103 meters at 5.8% average grade.
This climb is ranked as the Fifth most difficult climb in Australia. The climb averages 7.1% if the one kilometer of descent is removed. There is a full two kilometer segment beginning at kilometer 3.6 that averages 10.6%.
The Great Dividing Range is a series of mountain and hill ranges running 3,000 km. The east side of the range carries river flow to the Pacific Ocean and west side flows into the Murray-Darling Basin, and then to the Southern Ocean.
Climb summary by PJAMM Cycling’s Brad Butterfield.
Australia just keeps blowing me away. Each climb area has been so unique from the others. This climb, situated deep in the Kosciuszko National Forest (17AUD/per day entry fee), begins at the Snowy Creek campground.
Photo right - start of the climb.
You’ll be many kilometers from any towns at the start and throughout the climb, so plan accordingly for this very tough ride. Infrequent descending traffic brings in a thick smell of brake pads overheating, a great sign of a tough climb ahead for any serious climber. But, the traffic will almost certainly be very mild out that way, and all very respectful when passing. Be on the lookout for wildlife! I saw a massive buck when I was gearing up for my climb. The average gradient is a bit deceiving as there are a couple significant downhills en route to the summit. This is another ‘must do’ climb for Australia, but I’m starting to think that every climb in Australia is a MUST DO!
Although the upper section of the climb is burned, most of the climb is pristine.
We are surrounded by and frequently covered by thick forest during the climb.
Photo left: Sign at the beginning of a 1 km 6% descent at km 6.3.
Photo right: Sign looking back the road just climbed at kilometer 15.1
Several real nice hairpins on the climb.
And when its not a hairpin, its a curve - this is a beautiful serpentine bike climb.
Cross Leather Barrel Creek at the bottom of the km descent at kilometer 7.3.
There were some stunning views and sights on this climb.
The finish of another extraordinary Australian bike climb.