September eNews

Welcome to the September edition of Safe Together

In this Gran Fondo edition:

  • 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).

To see our weekend in action and savour the moments, follow us on our social channels, listed below.


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.”

Read more here

Safe Cycling the winner with Audax Alpine Classic

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!

  • 10km Sydney City Ride
  • 16km River Ride
  • 50km Classic Ride
  • 105km Challenge Ride

Enter here: 

25 Nov ~ Love Cycling – Love Taupo Cycle Challenge

Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge is New Zealand’s largest cycling event famous for its 160km lap of Lake Taupo.

  • 160km, 80km, 40km & 5km
  • 320km, 640km & 1280km (!!)

Enter here:


Our Cycling Scholar wins a Tour in France!! 

Lucy Kennedy, our 12th Amy Gillett Cycling Scholar has had an amazing European Tour winning the last event in the Tour de l’Ardeche in France on Sunday.

In a phenomenal show of climbing prowess, Lucy earned the leader’s jersey on the penultimate stage. With valuable team support she maintained her position to take the title.

Lucy has had a busy European Tour and clearly reveled in the challenges with her team mates, who also shared in success.

Lucy’s program has included:

  • July: Thuringen Rundfarht, Germany
  • August: Kermesse, Belgium
  • August: Route de France, France
  • August: Trophee dÓr, France
  • August: Tour of Norway
  • Sept: Tour de Árdeche, France.

Lucy returns to Australia this week to continue racing at Amy’s Otway Classic, part of the the National Road Series, included in the Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo weekend of cycling.

Find out about our cycling scholarship here:


ACRS inquiry into the effectiveness of the National Road Safety Strategy

On 8 September 2017, the Federal Minister for Infrastructure & Transport, the Hon Darren Chester MP announced a Ministerial Inquiry into making the National Road Safety Strategy more effective.

The Inquiry Panel includes:

  • Inquiry Co-Chair- Associate Professor Jeremy Woolley, Director, Centre for Automotive Safety Research, University of Adelaide  – ACRS SA Chapter Chair
  • Inquiry Co-Chair – Dr John Crozier – Chair, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Trauma Committee – ACRS member
  • Inquiry Principal Advisor – Mr Rob McInerney, CEO, International Road Assessment Program – ACRS Fellow
  • Inquiry Principal Advisor – Mr Lauchlan McIntosh, President ACRS, Chair, Global New Car Assessment Program – ACRS Fellow

The AGF will be participating in the Inquiry, with a focus on making the road environment safer for cyclists.

Further details about the Inquiry, including how to make a submission, can be found here:


Our recent Government submissions

We’ve continue to advocate and respond to opportunities to make cycling safer in Australia through submissions to numerous inquiries. Here are our most recent submissions:

See all our submissions here.


Amy’s Bike Skills is heading to Geelong this Spring – join us!

We’ll be running a series of female-focused cycling education sessions in Geelong this Spring through our Amy’s Bike Skills program.

Funded by VicRoads and delivered by our friends at Wheel Women, the sessions will teach safe cycling, navigation and basic bike maintenance skills to high school girls and women over 50.

If you’d like to join the program email us for more details


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