Cycling Mt Hotham Harrietville

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Mt Hotham - Harrietville

Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 5.1 %

Length: 25.51 km

Altitude start: 527 m

Altitude top: 1831 m

Ascent: 1304 m

Mt Hotham rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 1189 (all)
Ranking Australia: 4 (all)
Difficulty score: 110.67 what?

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Probably the longest climb in Australia, and certainly a good workout for anyone attempting this climb. Some steep sections including the "Meg" and the top few km of the climb. The wind at the top can be quite gusty as it is really exposed.

The Mt Hotham is situated in Victoria (AS). This climb belongs to the Victorian Alps. Starting from Harrietville, the Mt Hotham ascent is 25.51 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1304 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 5.1 %.

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Stories, information and comments from Mt Hotham climbers
Story by Geoff Bockman from Adelaide, Australia, submitted on 06/10/2013
I first rode this climb with 8 others in 2006, at age 62. We had a pleasant climb in sunny but humid weather. By the way,the climb distance from Harrietville is actually 31kms, not 25.5. We got caught in a very nasty hail storm on the descent and, on reflection after the event we realised that were lucky that we all survived. It is a long story but it reinforces my often repeated warning to skiers and others in the mountains....never underestimate the mountain weather. I have ridden it since and added a few teeth to the cassette to cope with my increasing years. It is my second favourite climb in Victoria. Falls Creek is scenically, very much more beautiful and the design of the corners is much more welcoming for those of us who love fast descents.
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Story by Phil Gale from , Australia, submitted on 03/09/2012
I rode this "because it''s there" and as a Sprinting type person, I found it bloody hard going. I used a triple on the day and was glad of the access to a 30 tooth chainring on the couple of real steep bits (The Meg). A great view from the top and excellent coffee in one of the hotels in the Ski Village at the top. This mountain is in the Australian 3 peaks challenge which I was thinking of doing in March. Now I''ve done this hill though I have heaps of respect for the other riders doing all 3 and too much knowledge of my own limitations!
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