Amy's Ride Victoria 2014
21st November 2013
Amy's Ride Victoria pedalling for safety with the Jayco Herald Sun Tour
Amy’s Ride Victoria 2014, one of Australia’s most iconic mass participation rides, will be run in conjunction with the final stage of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour on Sunday 9 February, taking in the stunning Arthurs Seat and Mornington Peninsula.
Amy Gillett Foundation (AGF) Patron and Ride Director Simon Gillett said the event attracts riders from across Australia, keen to take in an iconic destination or test themselves against a challenging route while helping the AGF continue its work improving bike rider safety around Australia.
“Amy’s Ride Victoria has always attracted great crowds, with a real mix of regular riders right through to families out for a fun day,” said Mr Gillett.
“The atmosphere is always friendly, and having the opportunity to watch the final stage of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour from Amy’s Corner, the premier viewing position on the Arthurs Seat climb, will be a highlight of the day.
“Safety is a critical element in the enjoyment of Amy’s Rides, and 2014 will be no different with the climb to Arthurs Seat being closed to traffic as riders make their way to the top,” said Mr Gillett.
Offering three distance options – 102km, 60km or 20km – Amy’s Ride Victoria allows riders to ride for leisure or a personal challenge, all in a safe and encouraging environment.
The special 2km closed loop is designed for kids to ride safely and learn vital bike skills delivered by AustCycle teachers. AustCycle is a joint initiative of the AGF and Cycling Australia.
AGF CEO Tracey Gaudry said Amy’s Ride Victoria is an enjoyable way for everyone to show their support for the bike rider safety and advocacy initiatives of the Amy Gillett Foundation.
"Amy's Ride Victoria is a great chance for bicycle riders of all levels to get out and enjoy the day while supporting a great cause – realising a safer environment for cycling," said Ms Gaudry.
“Improving safety is the number one factor that will encourage people to get riding for recreation, fitness or active transport. The recognition of campaigns like a metre matters is widespread across the nation. Behaviour change through campaigns, education and legislation, lower mixed-use speed limits and connected cycling infrastructure particularly for short trips are all safety enablers.” Gaudry emphasised.