THE85 | 85K DISTANCE

A Single Range Climb | 85K

1,316M Elevation Gain

A Single Range Climb | 85K

Fully Supported

3 Refresh ZONES | SAG Wagons

CLIMB | MA MA LILIYDALE ROAD | E&E WASTED HILL

DISTANCE | 2.22km

Elevation GAIN | 90m

Average GRADIENT | 4.0%

MAX Gradient | 19.6% at 2.1km

KOM 3.41 | QOM 5.02

View ON STRAVA | HERE

CLIMB NOTES:

This is the first real test of the day.

After enjoying a very quick and easy 20km of gentle downhill along Flagstone Creek, a sharp right-hand turn takes riders on to the narrow Ma Ma Lilydale Road. The climb begins at a gentle gradient as the road narrows to a single lane farm track. Around a blind curve the incline ramps up significantly. Supporters usually line the hill and it’s tempting to go full gas; but remember there is still a long way to go.

Over the top, to enjoy the rollers to Tent Hill and the first rest stop.

CLIMB | MANTEUFFEL TO THE TOP

DISTANCE | 2.11km

Elevation GAIN | 71m

Average GRADIENT | 3.4%

MAX Gradient | 12% at 1.9km

KOM 3.52 | QOM 3.48

View ON STRAVA | HERE

CLIMB NOTES:

Along this quintessential Lockyer Valley farm road, the climb is gentle enough to enjoy in the bigger gears. Mostly comprised of gentle rollers with the odd steep pinch here and there just to remind riders that the valley floor is not flat! At 1.6km the gradient noticeably increases to the summit that beholds excellent vistas of the Lockyer Valley.

CLIMB | SPA WATER ROAD

DISTANCE | 1.09km

Elevation GAIN | 53m

Average GRADIENT | 4.9%

MAX Gradient | 12% at 900m

KOM 2.16 | QOM 2.48

View ON STRAVA | HERE

CLIMB NOTES:

This is a case of two nasty little blimps on the landscape as you head towards ‘The Ghisallo’. Fortunately, the pinches are sharp, steep but short in duration. The road surface too is uneven. Be on the lookout for the ‘friendly’ dog at the summit who is known to enjoy terrorizing unsuspecting weekend cyclists!

CLIMB | THE GHISALLO

DISTANCE | 0.37km

Elevation GAIN | 28m

Average GRADIENT | 6.8%

MAX Gradient | 15% near the top

KOM 0.38 | QOM 1.10

View ON STRAVA | HERE

CLIMB NOTES:

With a nod to one of Italy’s most famous climbs, the Colle del Ghisallo, this is our own homegrown Tbar version.

Not quite as long, but a curvaceous, sharp pinch that maxes out at 15% on the ‘Ghisallo’ summit (Shalom Chapel). Locals use the steep descent over the causeway just before the climb, to slingshot their way to the top; but be aware of oncoming traffic if you decide to go wide on the bend!

CLIMB | PEACOCK’S PINCH (The hill nobody tells you about #1)

DISTANCE | 0.92km

Elevation GAIN | 36m

Average GRADIENT | 3.9%

MAX Gradient | 15%

KOM 2.50 | QOM 3.11

View ON STRAVA | HERE

CLIMB NOTES:

Recovering over the Ghisallo, riders often forget about this last little climb on Spa Water Road. An innocent, gentle sweeping right-hand curve suddenly gets steeper and steeper with no apparent end in sight. This is the hill nobody tells you about #1!

CLIMB | HUGHES’ HUMP (The hill nobody tells you about #2)

DISTANCE | 1.03km

Elevation GAIN | 57m

Average GRADIENT | 5.5%

MAX Gradient | 11%

KOM 3.53 | QOM 4.23

View ON STRAVA | HERE

CLIMB NOTES:

You are on your way home, you know the big climb is still to come, but somebody forgot to tell you about ‘Hughes’ Hump’ – the hill nobody tells you about #2.

It starts after the culvert signposted ‘Hughes Bridge’ hence the name. The climb begins gently enough and even flattens out after only a few hundred metres, but then she ramps up and up and up through a series of curves to the summit at the farm house with the wagon wheel fence.

A short, steep descent follows to Knitters Road and you are on the final stretch to the star of the show, the Col du Blanchview.

CLIMB | COL DU BLANCHVIEW

DISTANCE | 5.02km

Elevation GAIN | 308m

Average GRADIENT | 6.1%

MAX Gradient | 22.5% at ‘The Wall’ (2.9km)

KOM 15.22 | QOM 19.07

View ON STRAVA | HERE

CLIMB NOTES:

The time has come to say goodbye to the big chain ring, find your easiest gear, take a long drink, suck on that last gel as you dip down into the culvert that marks the start of the Col.

The road rises steeply straight away with gradients between 16 and 18% and heads straight up. You will soon realise why this is known as the ‘Monster of TBar’.

The initial section is a killer! If you dare to look up, count the 3 road signs to the top of the first pinch which is just short of 1km. A slight dip in the road and you are immediately on to the second section. Slightly shorter than the first, you still climb at 16% plus.

With 1.5km of the climb behind you, the road levels out somewhat with a short stretch to refresh the legs to guzzle down that spare gel.

Through the Y-front intersection and past the Rural Fire Station what awaits around the corner are the gates of Hell. BOOM! you’re stopped in your tracks by an 18% Wall, the highlight of this vertical masterpiece. At just 500m this leg breaker will take every ounce of strength after the climbing you have already endured. Over the summit of The Wall, continually twisting and turning, this mighty climb continues up Flagstone Creek Road steadily at gradients between 7 and 10%. Eventually you will arrive at what is locally known as the ‘hot-mix’ section where the incline ramps up yet again. Through the curves passed Burraway Crt, the end is in sight with the final summit at the T-Junction sign just before the intersection with Rowbothan Street.

But wait here is more to come…

CLIMB | THE FINAL BRICK IN THE WALL

DISTANCE | 0.61km

Elevation GAIN | 19m

Average GRADIENT | 2.3%

MAX Gradient | 11%

KOM 0.56 | QOM 1.12

View ON STRAVA | HERE

CLIMB NOTES:

The climb is conquered or so it seems, but there is one more nasty surprise before the finish. Descending along Rowbotham St your legs will recover marginally only to be hammered for one last time. Rowbotham Hill rears its head, and OUCH you hit that final pinch of 11%, the final brick in the Wall. Over the top and it’s long drag along the rest of Rowbotham street to the finish at Picnic Point Park.

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THE85 Distance Where What’s On Offer
Rest Stop 1 34ks Tenthill Hotel Water/Food/Toilets
Rest Stop 2 40ks Lower Tenthill Water/Food/Toilets
Rest Stop 3 58ks Helidon Water/Food/Toilets
Rest Stop 4 75ks Higgins Road Water/Energy Drink
Rest Stop 5 79ks Fire Station, Flagstone Ck Rd Water

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85k | Fully Supported | Three Refresh ZONES

 ENTRY | FNS Festival

YOUR FIRST Drink is ON US at the FNS Festival

YOU WILL BE | SUPPORTING

THE85 is an almighty challenge. Your FULLY Supported ride starts at Picnic Point,  followed by some of the best views as you head down into the Valley.

Starting at Picnic Point, swoop down into the Valley, then get ready for the final push home up the range via Blanchview Road back to Picnic Point.

Average pace expected of lead group is 25 to 30k an hour.