Australia’s First Ever Gran Fondo Cycling Event

Australia’s First Ever Gran Fondo Cycling Event

Victoria Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty

Funding Boost For New Amy Gillett Cycling Event

Victor P Taffa

Australia’s first ever Gran Fondo cycling event along the Great Ocean Road today received a $50,000 funding boost from the Victorian Government’s Significant Sporting Events Program.

Making the announcement at Brunetti’s City Square, the Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty was joined by Amy Gillett Foundation Chief Executive Officer Tracey Gaudry to launch the countdown to the event start time Sunday 18 September 2011.

Mr. Delahunty said the foundation and the race were established in honour of Amy Gillett who was tragically killed in a training accident in Germany in 2005. The race course is based on one of her favourite places to ride; along the Great Ocean Road.

“Events like the Amy’s Gran Fondo are a great opportunity to promote Victoria’s fantastic regional areas and natural beauty as well as providing a significant boost to local sports, tourism, investment and community spirit.” Mr. Delahunty said.

“The event also encourages people of all abilities to get involved, and that’s why the Victorian Government is delighted to provide $50,000 from its Significant Sporting Events Program towards the Gran Fondo.”

“This European-inspired race gives cyclists of all ages and abilities the chance to don their cycling gear and test their mettle on a 120 km circuit featuring iconic Great Ocean Road, the Surf Coast and Colac Otway regions. Best of all, it’s all for a great cause.” Mr. Delahunty said.

“Funds raised go towards initiatives that take the message of safe cycling and driver awareness of cyclists on our roads to schools throughout Australia. Competitors will be treated to family friendly food and entertainment activities with cyclists and fans also able to take in a two-day cycling expo at Lorne during the event weekend.”

“There is also over $20,000 in prize money up for grabs, but be quick to register because there’s only a limited 3,000 spots available in the event. I encourage cyclists of all abilities to sign up for this fantastic event which promises to be a once in a life time experience.” Mr. Delahunty said.