Australian cyclist Kate Nichols will head to Centennial Park on Saturday to support the 'Ride for Life' charity event to benefit the Amy Gillett-Safe Cycling Foundation and the cancer unit of the Prince of Wales Hospital. Nichols will flag off the elite men's race and present the trophy for the women's event.
Nichols was one of five cyclists injured in last month's tragic road accident in Germany which claimed the life of her teammate Amy Gillett. She returned home from Germany 12 days ago and is undergoing continuing treatment. She severed tendons in her right hand in the accident and sustained numerous cuts and grazes requiring dozens of stitches. During her rehabilitation, Nichols is continuing her Bachelor of Science degree studies at University of Wollongong with the assistance of a scribe for lectures and a helper for practical work.
The Ride for Life will see cancer survivors, past Olympic champions, corporate groups, professional cyclists and the general public take up the challenge in a fun day for all ages. First off the mark at 7.45am will be the Masters' Challenge (including past Olympians) followed by Corporate Challenges, and State Championships. For those who want to be active but in a less competitive event the Fun Ride is on from 12.30pm to 2pm. The course will feature a 2.5 kilometre circuit closed to vehicles and pedestrians. Activities for children will include straight line racing, skills riding, safety pit stops and treasure hunts.
Half the proceeds from Cycling Australia race entries, any additional sponsorship gained towards the events on the day, plus donations made will be directed to the Amy Gillett-Safe Cycling Foundation.
More information: www.rideforlife.org.au