Bicycle Network: 210km Sorrento return (4263)
210km Sorrento return
The 210km Sorrento Return ride starts in Alexandra Gardens, travels through Mordialloc to the Sorrento turnaround point and then makes its way back to Melbourne, via iconic Beach Road, to the finish line in Alexandra Gardens.
Ride features: Coastal riding on closed roads
The 210km rides will benefit from 17km of coastal riding between Safety Beach and Mornington, arguably the most beautiful stretch of the bay. This will include 6.5km of closed roads (north bound) between Safety Beach and Mount Martha. This was new in 2016 and it's here again.
The 210km Sorrento Return heads down the beautiful Mornington Peninsula to Sorrento, where you turn around and head back the same way to Melbourne via Rosebud, Mornington, Frankston, Mordialloc and St Kilda. But at 210km it isn't for the faint hearted and some good/solid training and preparation is needed.
The route is relatively flat with just over 800 metres of elevation gain. The steepest parts of the ride occurs at Oliver’s Hill (600 metres of climbing @ 6% - Ouch), Balcombe Hill (roughly 2.4km of climbing @ 4.4%), then just a gradual climb with some rollers thrown in for 6km as you come out of Mornington and head towards Frankston (the profile looks a lot worse than it is).