Cycling’s elite unite for Amy’s ride Queensland

Robbie McEwen

Robbie McEwen (Image credit: John Flynn)

Australia’s international superstars of cycling have confirmed they will be turning out to support this year’s Portfolio Partners South Bank to Surfers Paradise - Amy’s Ride, Queensland on Saturday, December 9th. Portfolio Partners is the new naming rights sponsor for this popular event on the Queensland Grand Prix Cycling program which showcases Australia's cycling heroes.

The state’s first Amy’s Ride, in honour of Amy Gillett who was killed in the tragic accident involving the women's AIS team in July 2005, has been organised to raise funds for The Amy Gillett Foundation, which aims to promote mutual awareness and understanding between cyclists and motorists on our roads. The ride is open to cycling enthusiasts of all ages and fitness levels.

Some 3,000 participants joined the inaugural ride in Victoria earlier this year, and the Queensland organisers hope their event will eclipse this figure. Participants can choose from a 100km ride, starting at Southbank, or a 45km out-and-back, starting in Surfers Paradise; both finishing on the Esplanade in Surfers Paradise followed by coffee, entertainment, interviews and autograph signing with the stars.

Australia’s Tour de France hero, 2006 Green Jersey winner Robbie McEwen will appear at the event, where he'll be joined by Nick Gates, Henk Vogels, Matt Wilson, and Baden Cooke. Olympic gold medallist Sara Carrigan will head the field in the 45km ride. Amy’s parents, Mary and Dennis Safe, along with husband Simon Gillett will fly in from Adelaide to be part of the 45km ride.

Leading the riders out from South Bank, Simon Gerrans, Matt Hayman, and Lorian Graham will be joined by Noosa Triathlon Champion Felicity Abrams and Maxine Seear making her return to the spotlight after a long battle with injury and illness. Cycling enthusiasts Brisbane Lions star Chris Scott, radio personality Greg "Marto" Martin and Olympic medalist Duncan Armstrong will also be on tap for the festivities.

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