Cycle Victoria, Road Ride, Frankston to Dromana
This is a popular training ride and is also part of Bicycle Victoria’s Round the Bay in a Day route. It includes all the hills (and downhills) that are encountered on the eastern shore’s route. Combine it with Middle Park to Frankston Ride and/ or Dromana to Sorrento Ride if you are looking for extra kilometres. Riding conditions are pleasant with a mix of suburban and country, mostly on marked bike lane on wide roads.
There are several bike shops near the start point in Framkston if required. As you set off along the busy Nepean Highway the first thing you see as you raise your sights is the climb up Olivers Hill. This isn’t long but has the steep pinch in the middle up Hopes Rise. If you aren’t warm when you start you will be at the top. The wide, divided road from here to Mt Eliza makes for pleasant riding as it rolls through small hills and valleys.
As you zoom down towards Mornington you need to be careful on the sections where the bike lane disappears. Unless you are attracted to bulky goods outlets, car dealerships, etc just concentrate on your riding through this section. If you divert down Mornington Tyabb Road you will find Mornington township is quite attractive, with its bayside location and chock full of places to eat or have a coffee.
After Mornington you quickly leave the suburban feel of the ride behind and face the climb up Balcombe Hill. This is longer than Olivers Hill but after a bit of a puff up the first part the incline tapers off so you can get back to enjoying the views of surrounding countryside. The downhill from the top is exhilarating and the views towards the bay and Arthurs Seat add interest. But don’t get too carried away because towards the bottom you have a traffic light, a freeway entrance and a roundabout to negotiate. The ride down to Dromana continues to be enjoyable as you ride through rolling countryside. Watch for traffic at the freeway ramps near Dromana. Back at the coast you roll along Dromana’s main street with the town centre being at the pier.
Dromana is the first of the holiday towns along the bay’s eastern shore and accordingly will be busy or quiet depending on the season. Take the opportunity to refuel at one of the many food outlets, perhaps even at the Dromana Pub, or take a relaxing walk along the beach or out on the pier. The return route to Frankston involves a short loop around the flank of Arthurs Seat to settle the creamy bun you might have just eaten then back to the Nepean Highway you rode down on.
Catch the Metro train or travel by car to Frankston. Park at the station or at the foreshore just after the ride start, but watch for fees and time restrictions.
Food and Drink
Nothing much en route, but if you can’t go the distance follow sign into Mornington township. Plenty of choice in Dromana.
Turn right at Mornington Tyabb Road (12.0km), turn left at roundabout at end of Mornington main street and follow the esplanade around to Dromana. This is quite scenic; the road is narrow and windy around Mt Martha headland. If you are jumping out of your skin, try the steep 4.5km Arthurs Seat climb (turn right at 30.0km). Only for the fit this one but the views are spectacular.
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