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Giro Della Donna

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

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

The Giro Della Donna race started in 2014 and had 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 tough 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 stunning 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 Mt. 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!


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    • Hi Francis,

      Spectators are welcome to greet the riders at Mt. Donna Buang, but note that there will be many closed and managed roads to the summit, so you may not be able to get up there after the race starts.

      I don’t have confirmed information about road closures at this time, check back with us later in the year.

      Kind regards,

      • Hello
        i live in the area and would like to know exactly what roads are closed on the day? is there a map/anyplace with information on this.

        There are signs up saying that woods point road is closed, but it is a long road and we need to know where it is closed from….


        • Hi Sam,

          I have located a very blurry image from the organisers indicating the road closures which I have linked to here. I have also uploaded it onto our page. Contact the organisers if you need any further clarification around your residence during the event.

          Best regards,

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