Nillumbik Green Wedge

Nillumbik Green Wedge


Sunday 6 May

Inspired by the famous Amstel Gold - an Ardenne's Classic world tour race that features constant hills and climbs - this route is a ripper.  So many quiet tree-lined roads, beautiful views amongst the farmlands and of course, plenty of hills and punchy climbs.

A cheeky espresso midway through the ride not only rewards, but also encourages, more determined and sprightly riding :)

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Whether you want a good training dose of repeated strength endurance, or to experience beauty within a good challenge, this route delivers.

We'll have a midway coffee, toilet and bottle refill stop, but we expect this to be a short stop.

Start Location:  Eltham Lower Park, Hohnes Road (Dirt carpark parallel to Main Rd), Eltham
Date:  6 May 2018
Start time:  7:30am
Your Host: Scott

Bring enough food for 4 hours of riding in frequent punchy climbing terrain.  Maintaining your blood sugar will maintain your speed, mood and ride enjoyment. 

Wear adaptable cycling gear. The region can get quite cold in the winter but depending on your body and riding style, body temperatures with the constant hills, can really jump. 

The area can also handle inclement weather quite well, so most times, rides go ahead regarless of the conditions.


Your expected fitness rating:  Strong 3 to 4


  • You can ride 4-5 hours comfortably at a moderate pace and can back up for multiple days of riding. 
  • You are capable of grinding out some hills and could manage 1000m vertical in a ride.


  • You can ride 6 hours comfortably at a moderate pace and can back up for multiple days of riding. 
  • You are good in the hills can manage 1500m+ vertical in a ride.

Your expected skill rating:  Intermediate+

  • You have a regular ride routine and are comfortable riding in groups.  You know the protocols for bunch riding and you are confident riding on main roads. 
  • You can manage your speed on the decent, but will brake to ease off on the pace at times.
  • You are comfortable taking your bike onto varied terrain including gravel, grass, dirt, etc.