Mt Baw Baw

Riding Mt Baw Baw

Short ride, big challenge! The Baw Baw leg is classified as a Hors Categorie, the only one in Australia. This access road is the steepest rated road cycle climb in the Southern Hemisphere and the second steepest in the world of cycling racing, second only to the Alpe d’Heuz of Le Tour de France fame.

The steepest grade at Winch Corner is 20.6% so this is not for the faint-hearted nor ill-prepared! The challenging ride finishes with the reward of beautiful views over Gippsland and the Mornington Peninsula.

Ride Details

  • Start – The Gantry, Mt. Baw Baw Tourist Rd (approx 6km from the summit).
  • Finish – Mt Baw Baw Entry Gates, Mt. Baw Baw Tourist Rd, Mt Baw Baw Village.
  • Distance – 6.5km
  • Rise – 741m
  • Grade Average – 11%
  • Grade Max – 20.6%
  • Track your progress and challenge your friends on Strava

Stamp your Ride

Mt Baw Baw Adventure Hub
9am – 5pm, 7 days a week

* No 24/7 stamping station

Cycling Inform Ride Tips

You might want to tackle this with your compact chain set. Don’t let this deter you though. This is a climb that deserves respect and is regarded as a Hors catégorie (HC) climb. With an average gradient of 11.4% there are sections around 13-15% and Winch Corner the steepest part at 20%. It’s only 6km long but one of the toughest climbs in Australia.


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Ride Map

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Ride Profile

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