In 2006, when the world’s elite athletes came to Melbourne for the Commonwealth Games, the cycle road race went up and down Punt Road on quite a vicious little course. It’s a real struggle up that hill and they went up Anderson Street as well, so it was quite a tough little course. And it was won by two Australians, Matthew Hayman won the men’s and Natalie Bates won the women’s.
In 2006 the cycling road race of the Commonwealth Games went up the Punt Road Hill. And was won by two Australians.
I once made the decision to ride my push bike along Punt Road from Bridge Road, Richmond, all the way up to High Street, Northcote. As a cyclist, I'm still not sure why I chose this horrendously dangerous route. Perhaps I was feeling suicidal that day, perhaps I just wasn't thinking. Needless to say, it was one of the most horrifying cycling experiences of my life, with trucks, cars and buses roaring past me at 70km/h on my humble little bicycle. Somehow, I survived, but these days I seldom venture near that monumental beast of a road, such is the emotional scarring I still bear from that traumatic day.