Tilleys Hill Road

Distance: 1.8km

Metres Climbed: 147

Avg Gradient: 8.1%

Road Surface: Awful

Strava: http://app.strava.com/segments/764510

Turn off Brownhill Creek Road https://adelaidehillclimbs.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/brown-hill-creek/ about half way up, and you’ll cross a small ford, and start climbing up a particularly nasty one-way hill. An average of 8% doesn’t really convey how hard this climb is, The first 900m average 11%, with a couple of sustained sections over 15%. Even worse, the road is incredibly rough. About as rough as it gets whilst still being tarmac. I imagine that somebody paved it forty or fifty years ago, and then seeing as only a couple of people live on the road, nobody every thought about it again. 

The streetview cars didn’t even go up Brownhill Creek, let alone Tilleys Hill, which is a pity, because it’s very pretty. I suppose you’ll just have to go and climb it yourself. 

Anyway, on to the second part of the climb. Once you’ve covered the first kilometre, life gets a lot easier, even if the road gets rougher. There’s a brief dip, and then the last 600m or so are comparatively easy – at about 7%. 

This climb ends at a dead end, so you’ll have to turn around and go back down the hill, which can be a little hairy. I was getting muscle cramp in my hands keeping myself to 30kph with brand new brakes.


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4 responses to “Tilleys Hill Road”

  1. Dan says :

    I was petrified descending that road! SO BUMPY

  2. Rob says :

    Hey mate, perhaps ask Wujim on adelaide cyclists if you can use hit shot of Tilleys hill, really captures what is so magical about this climb. Posted here http://www.adelaidecyclists.com/forum/topics/what-s-your-favourite-climb-easily-accessible-from-cbd?commentId=3086792%3AComment%3A723674

  3. Decarbonise SA says :

    This climb is horrible .The only good thing about it is that the very hardest part is first. If you are on a mountain bike and in walkable shoes, you can dismount at the top and march yourself up the trail, about 10 mins mostly walking, some upper sections are bikeable for amatuer, unfit riders like me. The bitumen road at the top then can take you to Crafers if you want to.

    But yeah, this climb sucks, but in a way that keeps me coming back… I want to beat it!

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