A lovely ride along Kangaroo Bay and the Huon river followed by a short, but intense climb of Cradoc hill. A go to ride in the winter or when the weather is a marginal.
For the first 2/3rds of the ride along Kangaroo Bay and the Huon river you are challenged by a series of soft rollers. Try to keep it in the big ring and maintain the momentum from rise to rise! The last 1/3 along the water is relatively flat and on paved road. Here is a chance to find rhythm in your spin!
After a short section on B68, you make a right turn onto Cradoc Hill road. In just over 2 miles (3 Km’s) you gain 850 feet (260 meters) on a nondescript gravel road. The average gradient is about 6%, but there are several short pitches in excess of 10%. Cresting over the summit the terrain becomes more interesting and the road steepens on the descent. As you descend, try to take in the one of the big views of Kangaroo Bay in the distance.
Nearing the end of the descent the road agains become paved with a slight downward gradient of 1 to 2%. Spin out the legs and enjoy!
By Tasmanian standards this is an easier route, but by standards elsewhere it is a bit more stiff than our typical “easier” standard.
Adventure / Gravel Route
– Loop : 25 miles (40 Km) / 2400 ft gain (732 meters)
– Mixed: ~ 40% gravel
– Location: ~ Hobart, Tasmania
– Rideable: All year
– Route Author: Captain “O”
– Published: December 2018
Easier+. There is still a bit of climbing on this route with one significant hill.
Cygnet. Just after turning onto C639 there is a dirt parking lot on the south side of the road for access to Burtons Reserve.
Food / Water
At the start in Cygent there are several cafes and coffee shops.
Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road