Mt Baw Baw

Simon Gerrans’ Tips

Mt Baw Baw

There are not many climbs more demanding than this one. At 6km, it’s not very long in distance but there are some really steep gradients that make it one of the toughest I’ve raced in the world. The average gradient of 13% is nearly twice as steep as the famous ascent of Alpe d’Huez in France. When filming my latest ascent of Baw Baw I used a 34 chain ring on the front and 27 cog on the back which allowed me to spin a nice light gear all the way up and really stay on top of my gears.

There aren’t any recovery points on the climb, so it’s also important to start with a good rhythm and tempo and try to maintain that all the way up. If you start too fast, you risk blowing up and coming to a complete stop.