As the title suggests, we’ve done this ride before. 😉
BUT. Unlike most of our club rides, this one is for riders who are fairly confident riding on the road. The road from The Basin up to Sassafras is reasonably quiet, but there can be traffic, there is no bike lane, and sometimes no road shoulder.
Last time we didn’t stay as a group on the ride up (or down), but strung out quite a lot as everyone took the climb at their own pace. The route is very popular with road cyclists out to do a good Strava time on the climb (which is not really steep at 4-5%, but pretty steady over the ~7km length) and we’ll no doubt be passed by a number of them along the way.
If you aren’t familiar with this ride, have a read of this website: http://theclimbingcyclist.com/climbs/mt-dandenong/the-1-in-20/
We will regroup at a café at the top (Sassafras) for morning tea/brunch before heading back down the mountain.
Start location: The Basin Reserve, a triangular park opposite the shops (3km/5min drive east of Boronia). Off-street car parking is available; entrance on Forest Road.
Start time: 10:30am
Ride distance: ~7km at 4-5%
Elevation gain: 274m
Duration: Approx 2hrs (including café stop)