Not ready to tackle the full 125km Giro della Donna loop? We have some good news for you. We’re excited to announce a shorter 60km ‘Gravel Giro’ option, new for 2017. Featuring 1,500m of climbing, more than 30km of gravel, and a mountaintop finish it is a relaxed and rewarding alternative to the 125km Giro della Donna.
After a gentle roll down to the quiet town of Milgrove, 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.
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‘).
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.