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Sporting Stars line up to support Amy Gillett Foundation Charity Ride

Almost 1000km in 10 days for sports stars  

Cyclists who will ride include Robbie McEwen & Henk Vogels

Cycling Australia's Amy Gillett Foundation section

A host of Australian cycling and sporting stars will turn out for a charity ride to support the Amy Gillett Foundation. The ride begins on Saturday December 3rd from Maitland and arrives ten days and almost 1000 kilometres later in Brisbane on Monday December 12th.

The ride is being organised by 2005 Australian Road Champion, Lorian Graham, who was injured in the tragic accident that claimed the life of her team-mate, Amy Gillett in Germany in July this year. She is still undergoing intensive physiotherapy to recover from a serious injury to her right knee in her bid to return to competitive cycling.

Sporting heroes who have committed to support the ride at stages along the route include two time Tour de France green jersey champion, Robbie McEwen and team mate Henk Vogels, who returned to the European professional circuit this year in the wake of a near fatal crash in June 2003. Also lending support are Olympic swimming gold medallist Duncan Armstrong and triathlete Loretta Harrop.

IMG_7450.jpg (36179 bytes)"The ride aims to raise awareness among motorists and cyclists to promote road safety," said Graham. "We want to represent cyclists of all abilities whether they race, ride for fitness, ride for fun or commute to work on a bike.

"If you are behind the wheel of a vehicle and you see a cyclist imagine they are a member of your family and take the same care you would of your loved ones," said Graham. "If you are opening your car door after you park spare a second to look in case a cyclist is coming."

Graham says patience and respect are the keys to preventing needless injuries and deaths on our roads.



Lorian Graham - in race        "It's not such a big ask for everyone to be more considerate," she said. "Cyclists

action earlier this year in        should obey the rules and drivers should be aware of cyclists and exercise caution. 

Italy                                          What's more important - a couple minutes of your time or someone's life?"

Graham's partner Pete Forbes and his colleague Nick Gallo, both wIMG_7451_GrahamForbes.jpg (99974 bytes)ith mining company Runge Limited, are the driving force for the ride and are covering all costs associated with the ride to ensure the maximum amount possible goes to the Foundation.

Lions and Rotary Clubs along the route have also come on board to assist with organisation and fundraising in the local communities. A pool of prizes has been donated for daily raffles and everyone who buys a ticket goes into the draw for a Cannondale Six13 bike, and for some signed sporting memorabilia.



To avoid traffic disruption only a limited number of cyclists will participate at any one time. There are two community rides            Pete Forbes cheers on Lorian Graham - in the TT        on offer for others to participate in raising awareness for the             stage of the Giro Donne, earlier this year in Italy 


Amy Gillett Foundation Charity Ride
Route details including departure times and expected arrival times. Distance in brackets.

Sat Dec 3 Singleton 10.30am to Wyndham Estate Winery 11.50am (40km)
Sun Dec 4 Maitland 6.30am to Forster 11.50am (160km)
Mon Dec 5 Forster 7.30am to Port Macquarie 11.45am (123km)
Tue Dec 6 Port Macquarie Community Ride 6.00am to 7.30am (40km)
Wed Dec 7 Port Macquarie 7.30am to Nambucca Heads 11.20am (114km)
Thu Dec 8 Nambucca Heads 6.30am to Grafton 11.00am (134km)
Fri Dec 9 Grafton 6.30am to Ballina 12noon (137km)
Sat Dec 10 Ballina 7.30am to Surfers Paradise 10.45am (126km)
Sun Dec 11 Surfers Paradise Criterium
Mon Dec 12 Surfers Paradise 8.00am to Brisbane 10.35am (80km)

Lions/Rotary Club Functions to Support the Ride
Sun Dec 4 - Forster/Tuncurry Lions Club - John Wright Park Tuncurry 2.00pm
Tue Dec 5 - Port Macquarie Rotary Clubs - TBA 7.00am
Wed Dec 7 - Lions Club of Nambucca - Nambucca Heads RSL 1.30pm
Thu Dec 8 - Lions Club of Grafton - Market Square 5.30pm
Fri Dec 9 - Ballina Lions Club - Reserve South of Missingham Bridge 5.30pm

Amy Gillett Foundation
The Amy Gillett Foundation was established in July 2005 as a legacy to the memory of Australian cycling champion and Olympic rower, Amy Gillett. Gillett died when an out of control car ploughed into the six member Australian women's team who were on a training ride the day before they were due to start in the Thuringen-Rundfahrt event in Germany.

The Foundation's mission is to:
Promote road safety awareness amongst cyclists and motorists
Fund and administer a scholarship program for young women cyclists to support their sporting and academic endeavours
Provide support for the rehabilitation of Amy's five injured team mates

For information and details of how to donate to the Amy Gillett Foundation please visit the Cycling Australia website (see link above)


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