Sunderland named as Amy's Ride Victoria Ambassador
For the first time, Amy's Ride Victoria will be held in Ballarat during the 2013 Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships and Ride ambassador Scott Sunderland is encouraging all cycling fans and enthusiasts to take part.
“The whole combination of national championships with Australia’s best riders, men and women, and Amy’s Ride, really brings home not only what Amy was to Australian cycling, but also what the foundation means to safe cycling,” Sunderland said
“To have it tied in with the National Championships is a great idea and being in Ballarat, it’s a fantastic place to be, so why not come along and join in the ride?,” he remarked.
The inaugural Amy’s Ride took place in Geelong to coincide with the Bay Cycling Classic in January 2006 and over the past seven years, Amy’s Ride has become an annual fixture in the Victorian summer calendar.
Held just hours prior to the men’s road race on Sunday January 13, the event provides a great opportunity to enjoy a ride along the same roads the pros race on while learning about and creating awareness of safe cycling.
No matter the cycling skills or age, riders can take part in this exciting new format of Amy’s Ride with a choice of one of three new routes (100km, 70km, 20km) taking in the picturesque central highlands on quiet country roads starting and finishing in Buninyong. There are also options to enter as an individual or a family.
“It’s the opportunity to come together and have a fun ride for everybody, from children through to adults, to be able to share the common love of cycling and passion for cycling," Sunderland added.
“It’s also to promote what the Amy Gillett Foundation is all about and that is safe cycling and creating awareness of motorists and pedestrians and everybody who is sharing the road with cyclists.
Sunderland is also a feature of the official RoadNats Gala Dinner on Friday January 11 at the Ballarat Lodge in Ballarat which will feature numerous former and current Australian cyclists in attendance.
“With the gala dinner we have got a lot of current and ex Australian champions, professional cyclists, Commonwealth and Olympic Games medallists so it’s a great opportunity to mix with the cream of Australian cycling," he said.
At a discounted rate, Amy’s Ride participants are offered the chance to attend the Gala Dinner and/or the Elite Men’s Road Race VIP Hospitality marquee on Sunday January 13 at the completion of Amy’s Ride.
For more information on the Gala Dinner, click here.
To enter Amy's Ride, click here.