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Starting in the stunning township of Warburton and finishing at the top of Mt Donna Buang, 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 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 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.
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The conditions of the 13km gravel sector can vary, but we keep all riders up to date on the state of the road in the lead-in to the event. The gravel is relatively hard packed and with few undulations, just take care when descending through the corners, common sense prevails.
Although gravel requires a slightly different technique, it is not beyond most cyclists with moderate riding experience. We would strongly suggest some training on gravel roads if you have never ridden them before, they’re a heap of fun too!
Tyres do have a large impact on comfort, control and grip, so reconsider those 23mm tyres inflated to 120psi. If you can, go for 25-28mm tyres and inflation around 70-90psi (depending on tyre, rim and rider weight). You don’t need knobby or gravel specific tyres, road tyres are fine.
While we recommend fitting a 25-28mm tyre (or wider) there is no reason why you wouldn’t complete this course on a more robust 23mm tyre.
The conditions of the 13km gravel sector can vary, but we keep all riders up to date on the state of the road in the lead-in to the event.