The race takes place over 125kms of the road with a climb of more than 2,750 metres, making this a challenging race for all riders.
Giro Della Donna 2023 Dates & Cycling Race Route, Warburton VIC
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 stunning views as you make the climb.
GIRO DELLA DONNA
Starting and finishing by the Yarra River in Thomas Ave in the heart of the stunning township of Warburton, and with a dramatic climb to the top of Mt Donna Buang to finish the timed sections of the course, the Giro della Donna is fast becoming one of the most unique and talked-about routes in Australia.
The course is unique in terms of beauty, the amount of climbing, the 13km Gravel Sector, and the true mountain-top timed finish. This is a challenge for any cyclist, but it is attainable and can be enjoyed by all.
But it’s the setting that will have you reliving the ride over and again in your mind. After rolling through the furthest reaches of the Upper Yarra Valley, you’ll immediately be immersed in the temperate rainforest as you tackle the lesser-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. The 13km Gravel Sector of road-bike-friendly hard-packed gravel delivers you to the final challenge of the day: a consistent 6% for 8km to the summit of Mt Donna Buang. The only thing left after crossing the line atop the mountain? An incredible 20km descent back into the event village at Thomas Ave.
The (gravel) hills are alive! So join in and explore the incredibly scenic and quiet (managed + closed) gravel roads of the valley.
To be capped at 500 riders in 2023, the Gravel Giro is a cracker; you’ll ride stunning rain-forested climbs, flow down ridge lines and enjoy everything in between. Race or ride. But one thing is for sure; it’s the perfect and rewarding compliment to Sunday’s 125km Giro della Donna.
PICCOLO GIRO FAMILY RIDE
The riding around Warburton is fabulous whether you are 7 or 70, and not least on offer is the rail trail.
A family-based fun ride for any and all, entry is free and the ride starts and finishes in the Giro della Donna event village. The Piccolo Giro takes the rail trail to Yarra Junction and back (15km).
SERATA COPPI DINNER
The Yarra Valley is home to some of the country’s finest food, vino and cycling. To celebrate, they’re hosting the Serata Coppi Dinner, which is a special opening night event. Capped at just 80 guests, enjoy a stunning night and a unique venue in the heart of Warburton, Projekt 3488.