abbaskip wrote:I grew up in Bathurst, and can confirm that you're mostly right, there are a couple of steep spots, but it's mostly not that steep....at least it's not going forwards around it. If you go backwards, it's REALLY steep up through Forests Elbow, the Esses and the Dipper.
Couldn't find a proper elevation map - like we get of stages, the closest thing I could find was this:
Hard to tell there, but you can see in an anti-clockwise direction it's much steeper, as the majority of the climbing is done over a much shorter distance. In the way up, it's done slowly and fairly consistently.
EDIT: Did some research, the elevation change is 174m from top to bottom apparently (though looking at Google Maps I could only see it being ~160m).
That's done in around 3km each direction - the total circuit is about 6km. This isn't so steep itself, but going up backwards, 120m of this is done in 1.3km - that's pretty steep, about 9.2% grade (though this is hard to say as generally road gradients are measured by the road distance, not the point to point distance - ie. the hypotenuse is usually used instead of the adjacent side), but it's an estimate. This isn't the steepest point, this is the average of the major part of the climb. The track actually dips down a little before starting the climb too, so it could be more.