Didnt think there would be much traffic today so went up Greenhill Rd to Lofty instead of going up the Freeway track.
Wont do that again in a hurry! Very narrow, rough surface, scary traffic and a very long way!!!
Thanks to Mad Dog for giving me a hand along the way.
Cheers Maximus - I drove over Greenhill Road today on my way to a post Christmas celebration and remarked to my partner how tough I'd heard the ride was (up or down).
Been contemplating it for several weeks now, interested in any observations on whether the risks outweigh the sense of achievement ....
I like riding down Greenhill provided the weathers fine, it's not very enjoyable in windy or wet weather, you do need to look behind you frequantly though as you can't hear traffic coming from behind, then you need to hold your line untill it's safe for you to stay left and let traffic pass. Of course there are those who are so fast that traffic can't catch them let alone overtake.
Going up Greenhill is on my list to do next spring.
Going down Greenhill the last time I did it was just as Clive said, only my description would be more like "terrifying" rather than "not very enjoyable". Going up with that narrowness of road, on the bad surface, with all those aggressive cars...
I would have to think long and hard about doing that one.
I enjoyed the descent, but agree the combination of wind and the up-close-and-personal view of the gully is a bit terrifying. I took one section a little quickly and locked up the brakes on a switchback - was certain I wouldn't make the turn and end up buried in a cliff face or worse!
Climbing it - why would you do that when there are perfectly nice climbs all around it? ;-)
Hmmm. Cheers Clive,
Is coming down Greenhill comparable to coming down the last couple of kilometres of North East Road between Inglewood and Tea Tree Gully perhaps? Have ridden down there a few times - I can't quite match the speed limit but nor can I go too far left for all the patches and corrugations ....
Will have to look at climbing Greenhill sooner rather than later given I have to return to the NT in February.
I do greenhill at least once a month. Rate it highly. I would normally be doing it about 7am on a sunday morning so get very little traffic. Much better climb then the freeway IMHO, shorter and has the toughest part at the begining.
I rode up it Xmas Eve to meet friends at Mt Lofty. I did not do it in style but the one thing I did think back on was just how courteous the traffic I met was. It was about 7.00am but every car that overtook me gave me room waited for a good opportunity to pass and then did it without much fuss. Very pleasant experience. When I came back down later there was a steady stream of riders going up much more than I expected or had experienced previously. It is a much harder climb than to the bollards.
I've never had any issues with cars either up or down, mostly I go up after work on a weekday evening. I think as long as you don't wobble all over the place, you should be fine. Nothing like an umpredictable cycling to rile a driver...
As far a a climb, yup it's one of the harder ones, the gradient is pretty constant the whole way up
Agreed Jeremy. I rode up there this afternoon about 4pm. Traffic wasn't hugely busy, but surprised by the number of cars slowing to wait for a clear overtaking opportunity. Did notice that quite a few of these were Vic plated vehicles. The ones that were in a hurry seemed to be locals.I thought the road surface was pretty good. The climb on the other hand is unrelenting, it just goes up with not much respite - a fairly constant 6-7% over the 6kms. Very satisfying pulling in to Mt Lofty though.
Definitely a to do climb, but to avoid busy traffic the earlier (ie 7 am or earlier on the weekends) the better to avoid th emajority of traffic which is the greatest threat on this great climb!