Knott’s Hill and Pound Road
Avg Gradient: 8.0%
Metres Climbed: 212
Road Surface: Good
This climb starts at the same point as Little Italy ( https://adelaidehillclimbs.wordpress.com/2013/02/21/burdetts-road-little-italy/) but goes the other way out of the valley. It’s slightly busier, but there are almost no cars. You could expect to be passed once or twice, if that. Start timing on Knott’s Hill Road, as you pass the intersection with Burdett’s Road. The climb jumps straight into the most difficult part at about 13% for five hundred metres.
After the initial steep part, the climb steadies at about 8%. At a little more than half way, you’ll come out of the scrub, and start riding through orchards. There is even a slight downhill, before the climb points back upwards at around 8-9%. The road changes name (From Knott’s Hill to Pound) but you just need to follow it round – don’t worry about intersecting roads.
The climb levels out a little towards the top, and ends at the intersection with Marble Hill Road.
From here you can turn right towards Montacute, or Left back towards Ashton. Montacute is a fantastic descent, and this direction gives access to Corkscrew Road ( https://adelaidehillclimbs.wordpress.com/2013/02/21/corkscrew-road/ ) although you’ll have to descend it and then turn back around to climb it. If you go back towards Ashton you can go out to Norton Summit, or through to Summertown and Mt Lofty.