Cycling Corkscrew Road, Southern Australia
Ride 5 kilometers gaining 370 meters at 7.4% average grade.
Climb summary by PJAMM’s Brad Butterfield from his 2022 Australia Top Climbs and South Australia Top Climbs trip.
This is an extremely fun and popular Adelaide-area climb (69,852 Strava attempts by 14,847 members as of January 16, 2023) with a 500 meter stretch that averages 13%. Corkscrew Road has been included in several Tour Down Under races which lends to its legend and popularity.
Cadel Evans crushed the Corkscrew on stage 3 of the 2014 Tour Down Under, gaining 15 seconds on Richie Porte. Evans came in second that year behind Simon Gerrans, another extraordinary Australian cyclist.
The Strava record for Corkscrew is 6:21 by George Bennett (UAE) January 18, 2019 at 427 watts.
Climb summary by PJAMM Cycling’s Brad Buttterfield.
The crem de la crem of Adelaide. My personal favorite of the dozen or so that I have done in Adelaide so far. This is the only climb which had a Tour Down Under Sign post at the bottom.
Climb begins just south of the intersection of Corkscrew and Churchette Roads.
On the day I rode I was passed (ya…I was going pretty slow…) by about a dozen or so other cyclists, and about twice that number of motorcyclists.
The tight switchbacks make it feel as though you're riding the lower slopes of the Alpe d'Huez, and you may as well be. There are a few houses/farms towards the bottom section, but once you hit the switchbacks it’s just steep grades and thick vegetation.
Set of four hairpins (corkscrew) for 300 meters (@10.9%) beginning at km 1.5.