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Giro della Donna

November 22 - November 23 2024
Warburton Vic
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Distances: 125 km
Difficulty: Moderate terrain with rolling short steep hills or moderate, sustained climbs

Giro Della Donna is a weekend-long festival of road and gravel cycling based in Warburton, in the Yarra Valley. This is a popular holiday destination and is only a 90-minute drive from Melbourne.

There are 2 rides on offer featuring one of the most spectacular cycling routes in Australia: the 55km Gravel Giro and 125km Giro della Donna.

The course for the 125km road ride is unique in terms of the amount of climbing (2,750m elevation gain), the 13km gravel sector, and the true mountain-top finish. This is a challenge for any cyclist but can be enjoyed by all. The route is challenging but you will be riding through some spectacular scenery on your way.

After rolling through the furthest reaches of the Upper Yarra Valley you’ll immediately be immersed in a temperate rainforest as you tackle the little known Reefton climb, featuring more than 180 corners as it snakes its way toward the Alpine resort of Lake Mountain.

Not far from your pit-stop in the tourist town of Marysville you’ll find yourself among tall-timbered giants on the single-lane Acheron Way. A brief 13km section of road-bike-friendly hard-packed gravel delivers you to the final challenge of the day: a consistent 6% for 8km to the true summit finish at the top of Mt Donna Buang. The only thing left after crossing the line? An incredible 20km descent back into the event village.

This looks like a great ride to add to your bucket list of rides, especially with that scenery!

Giro della Donna

Start Located At: Warburton, Victoria
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