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Giro Della Donna

The Giro Della Donna is a cycling race that occurs in November each year between Warburton and Mt. Donna Buang.

The race takes place over 107kms of road with a climb of more than 2,700 metres making this a challenging race for all riders.

Giro Della Donna 2018 Dates & Cycling Race Route, Warburton VIC

The Giro Della Donna race started in 2014 and has since grown to one of the largest country bike races in Victoria. The course is located through the beautiful Dandenong Ranges on closed roads, making this a safe ride for cyclists. There will be gruelling climbs (20km Reefton Spur) and gravel roads (13km Acheron Way) which makes this ride very challenging.

You will be riding through beautiful forested areas with tall trees and ferns on each side. There will be many shady sections to keep off the hot sun and beautiful views as you make the climb.

The ride starts in Warburton and cyclists will immediately start climbing up a steep ascent. You will travel past Lake Mountain and through the picturesque town of Marysville. There are steep and sharp corners, so riders need to take care in these areas.

According to the organisers of the event, the 125km ride will take participants through Milgrove, then “you’ll head west along a meandering rail trail, before riding up the paved Don Valley climb and the picturesque Myrtle Creek wooden bridge. A short sector of hard-packed gravel will deliver you to Panton Gap, and the chance to take in the views above Healesville. The road once again turns to dirt as you ascend through temperate rainforest, with no shortage of photo opportunities along the way. After a stunning viewpoint overlooking the Upper Yarra Valley you’ll once again be on paved roads, for the final kilometres to the summit of Mount Donna Buang. After refuelling, and plenty of photos it’s all downhill on closed roads on the way back to the event village in Warburton.”

Heading through Acheron Way will give riders the best views yet as they make the final climb up to the summit of Mt. Donna Buang. A challenging ride, this event is suitable for experienced riders. Spectators are welcome to greet riders at Mr. Donna Buang, but note that many roads will be closed along the cycling route.

With refreshments and entertainment at the summit after the race, this is a great event everyone can enjoy! Registration for the 2018 event is open NOW!

Schedule

24 November 2018 to 25 November 2018

Event Times

Sat, 24 Nov 2018
10am: MTB Race
10am - 4pm: Bike demos in the event village
11am: 65km Gravel Giro
2pm: NRS Mens & Women's Team Time Trials
3pm: 6km Time Trial
6pm: Pasta dinner with VIP speakers
8:30pm: Free movie screening in event village

Sun, 25 Nov 2018
6am: Event village opens
7am: NRS Men's and Women's races
8am: Giro Della Donna
9am: Kids movie screening and entertainment
1:30pm: Winners announced in village
4:30pm: Event village closes

Venue

Warburton Recreation Reserve

Address

Warburton Hwy
Warburton, VIC

Prices

Giro Della Donna Event Entry: $145 Early Bird / $185 Regular
65km Gravel Giro: $85 Early Bird / $95 Regular
6km Individual Time Trial: $30 Early Bird / $40 Regular

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