Reflecting on the 2018 Giro della Donna (and a discount offer for next year!)

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?It’s a couple days after the fourth Giro della Donna and the CyclingTips team is still buzzing. After so much hard work to pull everything together it was satisfying to see so many smiling faces over the weekend and hear how many people enjoyed themselves.

Sure, the weather conspired against us a little — heavy rain on Friday and Saturday turned our event village into something of a swamp — but that didn’t seem to stop people from having a great time. We certainly enjoyed the weekend!

At last year’s GdD we had the pleasure of welcoming the legendary Marianne Vos as our event ambassador and it’s fair to say she was incredible in the role. She was a hard act to follow, but this past weekend Alberto Contador was every bit as impressive as we’d expected.

His Q&A on Saturday night was entertaining, funny and informative, and he seemed to enjoy himself while riding the Gravel Giro and the Giro della Donna on Saturday and Sunday respectively. To see him offering encouragement and support to so many riders across the weekend was very satisfying — he embraced the role of ambassador wholeheartedly.

While Sunday’s Giro della Donna wasn’t a race, two timed sectors did give riders a chance to stretch their legs and put themselves (and their mates) to the test. If you haven’t already checked out your time and how you stack up, you can do so at the official results page. Congrats to the following riders who had the lowest cumulative time over the two timed sectors:

Maglia Rosa – female

1. Sarah Gigante (2:50:04)
2. Renata Bucher (2:56:15)
3. Yvette Edward (3:06:07)

Maglia Rosa – male

1. John Ebsen (2:33:54)
2. Mark O’Brien (2:34:17)
3. Sam Bascombe (2:36:13)

Gruppetto – female

1. Naomi Rands (2:58:51)
2. Caitlin Wade (3:24:07)
3. Lisa Savage (3:25:33)

Grupetto – male

1. Ewen Doonan (2:38:45)
2. Leigh Phillips (2:39:11)
3. Bentley Olden (2:39:45)

Sarah Gigante (second from left) was the fastest female around the course.

The 2018 Giro della Donna might only just have finished but already our focus is on next year’s event. If you rode this past weekend and are keen to lock in your spot for next year, or if you missed out this time and want to get in early for 2019, be sure to take advantage of our Super Early-Bird offer. From now until December 2 (or until the 200 available spots are filled!) you can pick up a reduced-price entry: just $75 for the Gravel Giro (down from $95) and $120 for the Giro della Donna (down from $185).

Thanks to everyone that joined us in Warburton for a great weekend. We hope you’ll join us again next year! In the meantime, here’s a selection of images from the weekend’s festivities.

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