See the best cycling Melbourne has to offer

It is safe to give Melbourne the title of Cycling Mecca of Australia. What makes Melbourne so good? Flat coastal roads allowing you to access a short quick ride close to the city or push yourself with longer rides. The scenic hilly rides boarding the city such as Dandenongs, Red Hill, Arthurs’ Seat, Healesville and more. Or, a number of city circuits taking views of the Yarra river and parkland.

With Melbourne’s passion and the volume of cyclists, there’s both a comrade and a feeling of safety.

If you’re new to Melbourne or cycling, here are our tips on the best rides:

1. Beach Road (St. Kilda to Mordialloc)

Beach Road is the mecca of Melbourne cycling. Whether it’s a fast-paced hit out or a leisurely shop ride you’re looking for, riders of all abilities are guaranteed to enjoy this flat, smooth road that winds alongside Port Phillip Bay. There are plenty of fantastic cafe options along the route and you can choose to turn around at Black Rock, Mordialloc, or continue on to the beachside town of Portsea.

  • Distance 45.0 km
  • Elevation 604 m
2. 1/20 + The Wall Dandenong Ranges

This route includes the two most popular climbs in the Dandenong Ranges. The benchmark climb for Melbourne cyclists, many riders know their PRs on The 1 in 20 by heart. An absolutely beautiful ascent that twists and turns up through the ‘Dandies’, the KOM and QOM spots are highly coveted. Reward yourself for a good time on the segment with a pastry at the top and get mentally prepared for the next climb; The Wall. Beginning in Monbulk and heading straight up to Olinda, this climb is a true test of climbing prowess. Long, with two particularly steep sections averaging 10%, The Wall is seemingly never ending. Surrounded by pines and bright flowers, you’ll know you’ve reached the finish once you come across the Olinda swimming pool.

  • Distance 85.0 km
  • Elevation 1,875 m

3. Yarra Boulevard

One of the wonderful things about Melbourne is that there are plenty of great options for riding within the city. With multiple roads and bike paths to choose from, one can enjoy kilometres of uninterrupted riding close to home. Yarra Blvd is a favourite amongst local riders looking to fit in a quick ride before or after work. A lengthy and undulating road without much traffic, Yarra Blvd can be ridden multiple times at TT or recovery pace. Set in the parklands, you’d be hard pressed to find a more convenient route in any other city. Looking for an extra challenge? Try sprinting up Yarra Street, where the gradient reaches 17%.

  • Distance  38.9 km
  • Elevation 562 m

4. Kinglake

City cyclists love heading out to the tiny town of Kinglake on long weekend rides to tackle the famous 7km Kinglake segment. A smooth road with a steady incline, riders enjoy powering up this climb to the summit, which has fantastic views on a clear day. Although one ascent is challenging, many pros venture out to do multiple hill repeats up this iconic hill. Devastated by the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009, the Kinglake landscape is incredibly unique while the rolling countryside on the way back to Melbourne makes this climb part of an all-around sensational ride.

  • Distance 104.0 km
  • Elevation 1,872 m

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