For cyclists in Sydney’s north seeking a challenge, the ascent of Galston Gorge West should be near the top of the list. With gradients swinging back and forth between four and eight percent, many riders will be forced to push hard out of the saddle just to reach the top. Here’s our guide to cycling Galston Gorge West.
Hairpins. Whether cycling up or down, the eastern side of Galston Gorge is all about its six dramatic hairpin corners. The road zigzags its way through scenic bushland from the base of the Gorge up to Hornsby Heights, the closest thing Sydneysiders have to the twenty-one bends of France’s Alpe d’Huez.