September 14, 2023

Thousands of cyclists

The sun shone through the clouds over the Great Ocean Road on Sunday as Amy’s Gran Fondo returned to the Surf Coast and Colac Otway shires.

More than 4,000 riders took part in this year’s Lorne-based event, with cyclists enjoying a fully closed circuit.

“It was great to see the sun come out for over 4,000 riders participating in the Amy’s Great Ocean Gran Fondo and to raise awareness of safe cycling in conjunction with the Amy Gillett Foundation,” director of O2 Events Jordan O’Neill said.

“We have received plenty of feedback on how much participants love this event, with a distance for everyone.

“The Rampfest showcasing BMX stunt shows and coaching clinics was also very popular with attendees in the event village.

“Amy’s Great Ocean Gran Fondo brings riders and their friends/family to the Surf Coast region for the weekend and it’s great to see Lorne and surrounding towns bustling.

“We look forward to bringing Amy’s Great Ocean Road Gran Fondo back to the Surf Coast, from September 14-15 in 2024 for another spectacular ride for cyclists to enjoy, as well as the benefits for the local community.”

Cyclist Tom Leaper (02:53:48) was first to cross the finish line in the male division, while Chelsea Wynd (03:14:50) took home the honours in the female division in the 122km Age Category Race.

“Amy’s Great Ocean Gran Fondo is without a doubt my favourite event of the year,” Mr Leaper said following his win.

“I share a strong belief in rider safety and appreciate everything Amy Gillett Foundation does to promote awareness in society.

“My event was made more special by being able to share it with athletes who I coach.

“I loved racing every kilometre of the event, and I’ll be back next year.”

The Gran Fondo raised more than $100,000 in 2023 for the Amy Gillett Foundation, and injected more than $2.5 million into the local economy.

All fundraising from the event has been redirected back into cycling safety research, advocacy and educational campaigns and programs.

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