Amy's Ride (7 January 2006) is drawing nearer and this effort by Australian race promoter John Trevorrow to raise money for the Amy Gillett Foundation has inspired some notable cyclists to come out of retirement.
Australia's greatest road racer, Phil Anderson, is already shaving his legs for the 120-kilometre ride around the Bellarine Peninsula and the chairman of the Australian Sports Commission, Peter Bartels is in serious training mode.
"I've been back on the bike for five weeks now and I'll be giving it my best shot," said Bartels, who is a former Australian cycling champion (from 1957 until 1962) and Commonwealth Games cycling gold medallist (1962).
His revelation came during the recent media launch for the Jayco Bay Cycling Classic (4-8 January 2006) and Amy's Ride. The fundraiser has attracted almost 1500 entries so far and entries are still running hot after Trevorrow extended the closing date for entry. See www.amysride.com for more information.