Cycling 1in20 The Basin

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1in20 - The Basin

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Average grade: 4.3 %

Length: 6.62 km

Altitude start: 187 m

Altitude top: 477 m

Ascent: 290 m

Maximum: 8.5 %

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Difficulty ranking world: 9273 (all)
Ranking Australia: 91 (all)
Difficulty score: 27.92 what?

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This is rather gentle climb up Mt Dandenong in the outskirts of Melbourne. It is very popular as a test course, and most Melbournian cyclist know their personal best up this climb. The name has a double meaning in that it is the average gradient (1/20=5%) and it takes roughly 20 min to climb (for a reasonably well trained person).

The 1in20 is situated in Victoria (AS). This climb belongs to the Mt Dandenong. Starting from The Basin, the 1in20 ascent is 6.62 km long. Over this distance, you climb 290 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 4.3 %. The maximum slope is 8.5 %.

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Story by Tom Wojcik from Vancouver, Canada, submitted on 12/01/2010
My brother lives in Melbourne, so I went to visit him with my Bike Friday (folding bike) a few years back. Id heard of this climb and thought Id try it. I found the grade almost perfect. Its quite nice, with lots of Australian vegetation (gum trees mostly) alongside. As a Canadian, I enjoyed that - perhaps Aussies dont think that much of it! I remember having a nice coffee and snack in Sassafras and flying down the hill on the way back. A good ride overall, despite the magpie that decided to attack my head at the bottom of the hill (good thing I was wearing a helmet).
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Story by Robert Merkel from Melbourne, Australia, submitted on 31/01/2009
This climb is located on Melbournes outer eastern fringes, and is only a few kilometres from Boronia station, part of Melbournes train system (you can bring bikes on trains at off-peak times). Consequently, it is hugely popular with Melbourne cyclists. The road conditions are quite smooth. There is a little traffic, but most are reasonably courteous as theres so many cyclists on the road. The slope is quite even; it never gets above 6-7%. There are some views of the city on the way up, and the rest of the time youre in attractive eucalypt forest. There are shops at both ends of the climb if you need food or water. This climb takes you about three-quarters of the way up Mount Dandenong. To reach the actual summit is another 5 kilometres along the Mount Dandenong Tourist Road; mostly flat, but there is a short, steep section right at the summit itself. There are several other, steeper routes up Mount Dandenong, including ""the Wall"", and ""The Devils Elbow"", and Terrys Avenue, which features slopes of nearly 20%.
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