Average Gradient: 3.5%
Total Ascent: 295m
Climb Category: 3
Start: Corner Heath Road and Healesville-Kinglake Road - Chum Creek
Finish: Corner Healesville-Kinglake Road and Myers Creek Road - Toolangi
Nearby: Toolangi, Healesville, Yarra Glen
The Chum Creek Road climb is a stunning ride that takes riders from Healesville to Toolangi. The road winds it way repeatedly from left to right, then right to left through Pauls Range State Forest and features specatuclar tree ferns, Mountain Ash, Chum Creek, Grass trees. Riding this climb you can often see the Superb Lyrebird darting across the road.
The climb is a consistent 3% and is the easier of the two climbs from Healesville with its sister climb, Myers Creek Road, beign the more challenging of the two. Although it also features sections that get to around 5% and several false flats to reset your cimbing legs.
At the 5km mark you will overlook a beautiful valley on you left, before the road peaks briefly at about 6%.
You know you are nearing the final kilometre when the forest opens out into grassing pastures and finally the road straightens up allowing you to finish off strong.
Once at the finish riders will either continue on to Kinglake for more climbing or take Myers Creek Road for a technical descent back into Healesville.
Please be courteous to local drivers and climb single file when cars approach.