Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

April 1, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Pichon wins Route Adélie de Vitré; Indian Pacific Wheel Race mourns death of British rider Mike Hall; Gilbert on his resurgence with QuickStep: ‘I feel good in my skin’; Lizzie Deignan opens up about her experience with British Cycling; Interview with Manzana Postobon manager about Vuelta invite; Boonen says he can still play a role in Flanders’ finale; Sep Vanmarcke ‘If I could get a podium, that would be a surprise’; Devolder ‘If it up to me, this is definitely not my last Tour of Flanders’; Cervelo-Bigla cyclist struck by vehicle while riding from work; No Tour for Dumoulin, all focus on Giro; Van der Poel talks about possible transition to road; Andy Schleck named new chairman of Tour of Luxembourg; Amy’s Gran Fondo expanding for 2017; Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij taking Flanders prep in stride.

Amy’s Gran Fondo expanding for 2017

by Matt de Neef

One of Australia’s most popular mass-participation events, Amy’s Gran Fondo, is expanding in 2017 with the addition of several new rides across the weekend.

In addition to the gran fondo itself — a 120km coastal loop that includes Victoria’s famous Great Ocean Road — the 2017 edition will also include several off-road events.

A Victorian CX Series cyclocross race will be held on the Saturday afternoon and will see riders taking to the sand of the Apollo Bay foreshore. Apollo Bay will also play host to Amy’s Gravel Fondo on Sunday afternoon, a 65km ride on unsealed roads that will feature 1,500m of climbing.

A men’s National Road Series (NRS) criterium will also be added to the calendar, alongside the existing two-stage Amy’s Otway Tour raced by NRS women. The layout of the criterium circuit will also be changed, going from a flat hotdog circuit in Lorne to a challenging circuit that incorporates the short hill used in the Amy’s Wall hillclim event; a hill with a 15% average gradient for its 110 metres.

Early-bird registrations open on the event website at midday (AEST) today.