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Enjoy cycling on closed roads through the stunning Yarra Mountain Range. Perfect for those who love taking on challenging hills amongst beautiful views. Come along for for the finisher's memento and post-race entertainment.

Review summary

4.3
2 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

R

Rowan T
"Second year entrant, so I thought that I knew to pace myself up reefton..."

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Kane A
"Really enjoyed the course and ride. Great roads. Maybe increased presence of..."
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How to enter the Giro Della Donna

  1. 125K MAGLIA ROSA

    Bike 125km
    AUD $145–AUD $185
    Event passed
  2. 125K GRUPETTO

    Bike 125km
    AUD $185
    Event passed
  3. 65k

    Bike 65km
    AUD $85–AUD $95
    Event passed
  4. 6k

    Bike 6km
    AUD $30–AUD $40
    Event passed

Giro Della Donna routes

125km Giro Della Donna

Elevation Gain: 2,750m

Unsealed Roads: 13km sector

The course is unique in terms of the amount of climbing, the 13km gravel sector, and the true mountain-top finish. This is a challenge for any cyclist but can be enjoyed by all.

While the route provides a great challenge, 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 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.

65km Gravel Giro

Elevation Gain: 1,500m

Unsealed Roads: 60km total

Make a weekend of it, and join us as we explore the quiet gravel roads of the region. Our 65km ‘Gravel Giro’ features 1,500m of climbing, predominantly on gravel. It is a relaxed and rewarding compliment to Sunday’s 125km Giro Della Donna.

6km Individual Time Trial

Elevation Gain: 318m

Join the CyclingTips team on Saturday 24 November 2018 for the inaugural Giro Della Donna time trial. Starting from the Cement Creek turnoff on Mt Donna Buang, you’ll climb 6km on closed roads at a consistent average of 5% to the finishing point at Ten Mile carpark.

If you are entering the Giro Della Donna on Sunday, just like the NRS riders, you’ll be given total ‘tour’ times, as well as the individual splits.

Event Details

What’s Included

125km Giro Della Donna

  • Event entry to the 125km Giro Della Donna
  • Mailed rider pack including timing chip, personalised race number, and ride information
  • Timed event with multiple comparison sectors
  • Hydration and nutrition stations
  • Collectable finishers memento
  • 65km Gravel Giro

  • Event entry to the 65km Gravel Giro
  • Mailed rider pack including timing chip, personalised race number, and ride information
  • Hydration and nutrition stations
  • Collectable finishers memento
  • 6km Individual time trial

  • Event entry to the 6km Giro Della Donna time trial
  • Rider pack including timing chip, personalised race number, and ride information
  • Timed event
  • Prizes for the top riders
  • Raceday Logistics

    Giro Della Donna Weekend Schedule

    Saturday 24 November 2018
    – 10 am-4pm: Bike demos in the event village
    – 11 am: 65km Gravel Giro
    – 2 pm: NRS Mens & Women’s Team Time Trials
    – 3 pm: 6km Time Trial
    – 8:30 pm: Free movie screening in the event village

    Sunday 25 November 2018
    – 6:00 am: Event village opens
    – 7:00 am: NRS Men’s and Women’s races
    – 8:00 am: Giro Della Donna
    – 9:00 am: Kids movie screening and entertainment
    – 1:30 pm: Winners announced in the village
    – 4:30 pm: Event village closes

    FAQs

    Can I Ride This Route On A Road Bike?

    Absolutely! While we recommend fitting a robust 25mm tyre or wider there is no reason why you wouldn’t complete this course on a road, gravel, CX, or mountain bike.

    The conditions of the road can vary, but we keep all riders up to date on the state of the gravel sectors in the lead-in to the event.

    Giro Della Donna weather forecast

    Rain throughout the day.

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    9°C
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    Giro Della Donna reviews (2)

    4.3 out of 5 stars

    • Course
    • Organisation
    • Atmosphere
    • Did the 125K GRUPETTO in 2018

      Second year entrant, so I thought that I knew to pace myself up reefton spur
    • Did the 125K GRUPETTO in 2018

      Really enjoyed the course and ride. Great roads. Maybe increased presence of motos and assist vehicles on course.
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