A hidden gem starting in the stunning township of Warburton and finishing at the top of Mt Donna Buang, the Holden 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 of gravel, and the true-mountain summit 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 it’s way toward the Alpine resort of Lake Mountain.
Not far from your pit-stop in the tourist town of Marysville you’ll find yourself amongst the giants of the tall-timbered single-lane Acheron Way. A brief 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.
“Such a great day. So many friendly people on the bike and off.” Renae
“Amazing day, great scenery, just awesome. I really appreciated all the little touches that made it special…” -Tomas Varsavsky
“Having lived and ridden in three continents, that was probably one of the best/most beautiful rides I’ve done, ever.” Roklando
“Absolutely loved it. It was one of the best days I’ve ever had on the bike. I’ve done a bunch of Gran Fondo’s in Oz and overseas and this was the classiest, best organised and most enjoyable of the lot. Acheron Way tied the course together brilliantly and put a completely unique stamp on the event. Huge props to CT and the crew!” -Spicelab
For 2017 we’ll be timing riders for both the full course (Warburton – Donna Buang Summit) as well as the Reefton KOM (Reefton turnoff – Cumberland Junction)
There are multiple accommodation options available in the Yarra Valley. Your best starting point for an accommodation search is the Visit Yarra Valley website.
We’ll be announcing other accommodation suggestions shortly, including a glamping option!
You have the ability to change or transfer your registration right up until a week prior to the event. To transfer a registration simply follow the links to ‘View Order Details’ on the original confirmation email you received (entitled ‘Confirmation – 2017 Giro della Donna Order #xxxxxxx‘).
While we recommend fitting a 25mm 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.