Climb summary by PJAMM’s Brad Butterfield.
There are some special pockets of the world which tick all of the boxes and create an unparalleled cycling experience. The obvious chart toppers like the French Alps and the Dolomites in Italy come quick to mind. Now though, after a week riding the twisting ribbon roads surrounding the Adelaide region in South Australia, I’m confident that Adelaide will soon be on every cyclist's bucket list. The city itself sits offset from the coastline, backing up onto the hills that provide the perfect growing conditions for South Adelaide’s famed wines. Adelaide itself was very easy to navigate through as I rode from my hotel, through the central city each day to ride the climb. Not one time did a car pass to close or honk in anger. On any given day you are sure to see hundreds of other friendly cyclists out there enjoying the road. Cycling has clearly boomed in Adelaide and there is a bike shop on nearly every corner to show for proof.
I really enjoyed how each climb in the area brings something unique to the table. Corkscrew road with its violent twists sits out in the Old Country. The way of life out that way doesn’t seem to have changed much from when it was first settled in the 1800’s.
Cycling Corkscrew Road, Southern Australia
Ride 5 kilometers gaining 370 meters at 7.4% average grade.
On the Notorious Norton summit, you’ll pass multi-million dollar estates which produce some of the world's most coveted wines, wine views of the city and ocean below for much of the ride to the summit.
Cycling Norton Summit, Adelaide, Australia
Ride 8 kilometers gaining 347 meters at 4.2% average grade.
Or, opt for a tour of some of the brutally steep neighborhood roads like Coach Road or the Kensington Road lookout. Likely one or two cars will pass you on the Neighborhood climbs, as they dead end and it is all local, friendly traffic.
Cycling Coach Road to Skye Lookout, Adelaide, Australia
Ride 3 kilometers gaining 274 meters at 9.1%
Cycling Kensington Road Lookout, Wattle Park, Australia
Ride 1.4 kilometers gaining 176 meters at 13.1% average grade.
The Adelaide area and South Australia is also home to the Tour Down Under:
“Every year in January, the cycling world shifts its focus to Adelaide for the Tour Down Under. The first WorldTour race of the season is in its 18th edition and continues to grow in popularity with pros and spectators alike. In recent years, the Tour Down Under has incorporated some famous climbs around Adelaide that are now bucket list items for cyclists to tick off while they are in town.” Bikeexchange.com