Less than one week remains for cyclists to take advantage of the ‘early bird’ entry rates into the inaugural Amy’s Gran Fondo, featuring the Great Ocean Road.
To be held on Sunday 18 September, 2011, this mass participation road cycling event will allow up to 3,000 participants the opportunity to ride on a fully closed 120km circuit taking in the iconic Great Ocean Road, the surf coast and Colac Otway regions.
Close to 1000 people and over 80 teams have already secured their place in cycling history since entries opened on May 2, with all keen to compete for some of the $20,000 in prize money.
Event partner Cycling Australia is pleased to provide cyclists with the opportunity to take part in this
style of ‘big ride’ which is unique among the current landscape of cycling events in Australia and is
certain to become an iconic event on the Australia cycling calendar.
Phil Anderson, Australian cycling legend and AGF Patron believes Amy’s Gran Fondo is extremely exciting for Australian cycling. “Everybody who rides in this event will be part of history in the making and is another step forward for Aussie cycling, “said Anderson.
CEO Tracey Gaudry, dual Olympian and former proâ€cyclist, emphasises Amy’s Gran Fondo is for all levels of rider. “Amy’s Gran Fondo will be staged by rider speed, so riders can ride at their leisure or compete for prize money if they are inclined,” said Gaudry adding, “The partner event, Amy’s Great Ocean Road Ride, is a recreational ride for visitors with free entry for the local community and they too will have the thrill of riding on the Great Ocean Road on their bikes at their leisure, knowing the road is closed to other traffic.”
Surf Coast Shire’s Acting Mayor, Cr Libby Coker said she was thrilled the event would take place in such a picturesque part of the State.
“Lorne and the Surf Coast in spring will provide a worldâ€class backdrop for this fantastic event. We
encourage cyclists to get involved and we look forward to the Gran Fondo becoming established as part of spring on the Surf Coast.”
The Foundation aims to raise $100,000 through fundraising from Amy’s Gran Fondo to expand this
important program which will enable the families and friends of injured and deceased bicyclists to talk about safe bicycling and driving throughout schools nationally – a potentially very potent and effective program.
A wonderful calendar of familyâ€friendly food and entertainment activities incorporating a twoâ€day cycling expo at Lorne is also planned.
Ambassadors for the Amy Gillett Foundation, Cadel Evans, and Patron, Phil Anderson, along with other high profile Australian cyclists will help promote the event through the cycling community.
The Amy Gillett Foundation was established in 2005 following the death of Amy Gillett while cycling with the Australian Women’s Cycling Team in Germany, when a driver careered across the wrong side of the road into the riders.
Individual entries are priced from $155 during the introductory early bird period that closes at 9.00am on Monday 30 May. To register in the inaugural Amy’s Grand Fondo please visit the website www.granfondo.org.au.