Vertical K - Mt Donna Buang - Rapid Ascent

New road race providing the ultimate test: Vertical K - Mt Donna Buang

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Rapid Ascent is thrilled to launch a new cycling event that encapsulates the true essence of the word ‘challenge’ with the new Vertical K - Mt Donna Buang to be held on 29 November at Warburton, Victoria.


Sunday 29 November 2015


Mt Donna Buang, Warburton, Victoria


Open to trail runners and road cyclists, the Vertical K - Mt Donna Buang sets both groups against the clock and against one another in a race from the centre of picturesque Warburton in the Yarra Valley, to the lofty mountain summit of M Donna Buang.

Photography - Rapid Ascent

The new Vertical K road climb will be an epic ascent that lets riders test themselves against one of Australia's most notable climbs: Mt Donna Buang in a lung busting race against each other, against the mountain and against some trail runners (yes, runners).

As part of the event, cyclists and trail runners will start together at the base of the mountain, and take different courses to race each other to the same finish line on the summit over one vertical kilometre above.

Cyclists will be riding up the sealed road to ascend 1,077m throughout their tough 17.8km race. With an average gradient of 6.4% the Mt Donna Buang road climb is well used by Melbourne’s riders and will push cyclists to their limits. In the meantime, the trail runners will take a very direct single track course that climbs the same height in just 8km.

Starting in Warburton, riders will get up to speed with 800m of flat riding before ‘The Donna’ climb starts in earnest where the road kicks up to a moderate 5% gradient that remains fairly consistent as the it climbs up through the magnificent temperate rainforest.

We’re very excited to launch this new style of event and provide a unique opportunity to race against competitors in another sport
— Sam Maffett, General Manager of Rapid Ascent.

The trail runners join the cyclists for an 800m stretch along the road at the 13.5km point, allowing each discipline to eye up one another before the final race to the summit, during which the road kicks up to a 10% gradient just to really put you in the red zone right up to the finish.

It’s a race against one another, against the clock, the mountain and your mind. Who will win... The trail runners? The cyclists? Or the mountain?

This demanding new event is the brainchild of Rapid Ascent, an adventure event management company that is renowned for delivering honest challenges.

Rapid Ascent organises a number of well-known events including the 100km Giant Odyssey mountain bike marathon - Australia’s toughest mountain bike race - and the Act-Belong-Commit Augusta Adventure Fest, which is the world’s largest adventure race with over 3,800 competitors.

“It’s going to be an extremely tough race as competitors will need to push their pain barrier to reach the summit in good time. But they have an added incentive. Not only will they want to beat their cycling mates, they’ll also be racing against their running compatriots.”

“There’s one section in particular where the runners and cyclists share the road for about 800m; it’s a good opportunity to eye up your running rivals and really race to the summit 3km further up the road,” he said.

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