Last year CyclingTips and the Amy Gillett Foundation launched the inaugural Amy’s Wall hill climb competition on the Saturday evening before of Amy’s Gran Fondo. It was a huge success and we’re proud to say that this year it’s back again and it’ll be even bigger and better! Entries are now open for Saturday September 12.
Simon Gillett, patron of the Amy Gillett Foundation, said that he was looking forward to crowning the winners of this year’s event.
“To be crowned King and Queen of Amy’s Wall riders will launch themselves up the first gruelling section of the iconic Bay Street, towering above the Lorne Lifesaving Club,” Gillett said.
“Everyone who has been to Lorne knows just how steep that hill is, with the gradient hitting more than 20% in those first brutal metres.”
“We will have a live leaderboard with a series of heats before the men’s and women’s finals. With a large crowd expected, some incredible prizes, and a dusk finish, the hill-climb is the perfect appetiser to get you in the mood for Sunday’s Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo.”
Arguably the most picturesque cycling event in the world, Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo is gearing up for the fifth edition of this unique event.
With last year sold out, on Sunday 13 September 2015 over 5,500 recreational and competitive cyclists are expected to descend on the Colac Otway and Surf Coast region for the once a year opportunity to ride a fully closed Great Ocean Road.
Entries are now open and you can sign up here.
Through safety awareness and educational campaigns the Amy Gillett Foundation’s core focus is reducing bike rider fatalities and serious injuries. Our mission is to ensure safe cycling for all Australians and a vision of zero bicycle rider fatalities.
Held in memory of Australian cycling team member Amy Gillett, who tragically lost her life while training in Germany in 2005 when hit by a car, Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo generates vital fundraising to support the Amy Gillett Foundation’s tireless efforts to promote shared respect between motorists and bike riders.
All proceeds and fundraising associated with Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo will be directed towards cycling safety research, advocacy and educational campaigns and programs.
2015 Amy’s Gran Fondo
When: Sunday 13 September 2015
Where: Great Ocean Road, Lorne, Victoria.
- 110km Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo, that travels the Great Ocean Road to Apollo Bay then through the Otway ranges to Benwerrin outside Lorne.
- 40km Australian Unity Media Fondo along the Great Ocean Road to Apollo Bay, with bus transfers available back to Lorne.
- 14km Australian Unity Family Fondo for families and kids from Lorne to Cumberland River Lookout and return. You can ride as little or as much of the 14km as you like.
- Enter at www.amysgranfondo.org.au
Who: 5500 amateur cyclists ranging from 5 to 75+ years. In 2014, 31% of participants came from interstate to experience the thrill of riding the fully closed Great Ocean Road.