Fondo, fondo, fondo… it all happens this weekend!!
New Chair at Amy Gillett Foundation
We’re named as the new charity partner for Audax Alpine Classic
Trans-Tasman Challenge starts at our Gran Fondo
Our Cycling Scholar wins a Tour in France
ACRS announces inquiry to review effectiveness of Road Safety Strategy
Our recent submissions to inquiries
Amy’s bike skills in Geelong this Spring
2017 Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo is almost here – it’s this weekend!
Our largest event on our calendar is days away and needless to say, we’re pumped up (80-100 psi to be precise). This year we have new events to add to an already exciting and proven line-up, including:
Beach Cyclocross carnival across all age groups in Apollo Bay
65km RACV Gravel Fondo through the scenic Otway Rainforest
Our elite Nation Road Series (NRS) Women are being joined by the NRS Men as part of Amy’s Otway Tour with both racing on a new Criterium course that includes the infamous Col d’Bay Street – featuring a 20% incline!!
We’re forecasting around 5,000 participants, which is a phenomenal result in this our seventh (7th) Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo.
We’re delighted to announce the Victorian Transport Accident Commission (TAC) as a new event partner, who have naming rights to our 45km TAC Medio Fondo from Apollo Bay to Lorne and also our 14km TAC Family Fondo in Lorne.
In addition, RACV are our new Gravel Fondo partners who are providing free 12 months Bike Assist membership to all Victorian fundraisers who raise over $50 – thank you RACV!
On the eve of our Gran Fondo cycling festival, we’re excited to announce our event ambassadors National Cyclocross champion Lisa Jacobs, World Triathlon champion Emma Carney and retired pro-tour rider and first ever non-European wearer of the yellow jersey Phil Anderson.
Also onsite and racing with the High5 Dream Team will be our 2017 Amy Gillett Cycling Scholar, Lucy Kennedy, fresh from her first season racing with the Australian Women’s Road Development Team in Europe (see below for more on Lucy’s time in Europe).
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New Foundation Chair in Andy Sheats
Online entrepreneur and digital strategist Andy Sheats has been elected as Chair of the Amy Gillett Foundation, following the retirement of Mark Textor after nearly five years at the helm. The biddon will be passed following this year’s Gran Fondo with Mark Textor to remain on the Board.
“I am truly honoured to have this opportunity to support the AGF management team and lead the board as we charge towards safer outcomes for cyclists, and trust I can be as successful in guiding the organisation forward as my predecessors Mark Textor and Duncan Murray have been,” Mr Sheats said.
“The significant achievements of the Foundation in just 11 years are testament to the work of the Foundation team and these two great men. I salute them and look forward to drawing on their wisdom and counsel. I thank my Board colleagues for the faith they have placed in me and I am excited to be continuing our important work.”
The Amy Gillett Foundation is delighted to be the nominated charity partner for the Audax Alpine Classic, held in the Victorian Alpine region each January.
We’re excited to be working with the Audax team at their iconic event.
Registrations are now open here.
Announcing the Trans-Tasman Challenge
We’ve joined neighbouring events to create the Trans-Tasman Challenge which follows our Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo to the Spring Cycle in NSW then ‘over the ditch’ to Lake Taupo, New Zealand for a trio of breathtaking cycling experiences.
Riders from our Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo can earn the exclusive finisher’s medal by riding at either Spring Cycle Super Weekend or Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, or both.
15 Oct ~ Spring Cycle – ride the Harbour Bridge car free
The 2017 Spring Financial Group Spring Cycle has the ride for you!