The weather is getting better in terms of temperature in the morning. It was 14 degrees at 8 when I rode out. To a lot of people, this is what they called the “Air-Con” riding. To me, it is the best all round riding condition.
Mt. Coot-Tha is the highest natural point near the city of Brisbane. With the highest point being slightly over 200 meters above the sea level, it can consider to be the junior grade climbing route. The lookout at the peak of Mt. Coot-Tha is also a famous tourist spot, you are guaranteed a good view of the city if the sky is clear.
This is supposed to be a 55Km return trip, but with the wrong route up and down the wrong side of the Mountain, extra 20Km were logged. Some part of that extra mileage was no fun at all, logging a gradient of over 20% had never been easy for a 80Kg guy like me.
As mentioned above, Mt. Coot-Tha is very near to the city. Riding there from where I stay had to go through the City of Brisbane. I had decided to ride along the Bikeway instead of gunning down the heavy traffic roads. Bikeway is the multi-million dollars project which connects various suburbs together. To me, it is a simply a bike highway. Wouldn’t you like to have the same in Singapore and Hong Kong as well?
Back to the climb, I went up from Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, which sat on the northern side of the Mountain. Traffic was very low when I was there. The gradient was varying between 9 to 13%. These kind of gradients were also the same as every other mountains as my home land Hong Kong, they really made me felt like home but with a extra freshness of air. Anyway, there were enough virgin green parks, reserve areas and creeks to keep my mind off the pain. In no time, I had already hit the peak. I wasn’t surprised to see all the broadcasting towers from various stations sitting right up there. After all, it is the highest natural point near the city.
Not far from the broadcasting towers is the lookout. From there you will have the city’s full view.
One of the worst things in riding in an unknown territory is to find the right way to the destination. I’ve spent extra 2 hours on finding the right way, hopefully I will get there in a quicker manner next time round.
Anyway, fabulous ride and climb toady. Love every minute of it.