After reading about Heathers exploits on the Gafney St. Hill yesterday I just had to give it a go too!! I can't let her have all the fun!!
Got to my normal turnoff at Moreland Rd and was very tempted to just go home and put the feet up. But I didn't give in to the temptation of taking the easy route and pressed on into the cross/head wind.
I rode the Upfield bike path up to Gafney St. and turned west into a darn strong headwind (According to the BOM 43km/h gusting to 57km/h)
Got to the top of the hill and looked down, short but steep!! Rode the brakes on the way down and still hit 47km/h!
I stopped at the bottom of the hill and had a drink of water. The train had just dropped off a load of commuters and they were struggling up the hill - couldn't bare the thought of having to push my bike up the hill in front of them. I selected my granny gear and set off. For the first half of the hill I remained seated and kept up a good pace, around 16km/h. The gradient started to bite as I got more tired, I kept dropping down gears till I was in gear 1(26T front, 34T rear). My speed had dropped to 8km/h, I tried to maintain it above 8kmh but ended up dropping down to 7.5km/h for the last part of the hill. But I made it up seated and without stopping.
Might try it again later in the week too!