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The Southern Express Way is Closed to Car Traffic for Amy's Ride

Amy's Ride SA is a hugely popular community bike ride which runs annually in Adelaide through McLaren Vale and the scenic Fleurieu Peninsula south of Adelaide..

It commemorates the life of Amy Gillett, an outstanding Australian track cyclist and rower who died in a road accident in 2005 while training in Germany. Five of Amy's women's cycling team mates were also injured seriously in the same accident. The Amy Gillett Foundation was subsequently started to provide financial aid for the injured cyclists, to support women cyclists and to promote road safety awareness of cyclists.

Amy's RideSA takes place on Sunday November 3 on the Southern Expressway, which will be closed to motor traffic while the ride takes place. The ride is organised jointly by Bike SA and the Amy Gillett Foundation and allows cyclists of all ages to ride along the expressway to McLaren Vale, choosing a course length to suit their own stamina and skills.

The ride options range from 18km to 120km, so it's up to you whether you do a slow and easy tour, or race against the clock and test your performance. As The Grande (120km) takes riders up Old Willunga Hill twice, I can safely say that I won't be doing that one! But there are far easier options like just doing the 18km Shiraz Trail along the former railway line from Mclaren Vale to Willunga. It's very scenic, passing wineries and lush green vineyards and has several shady rest stops - just the thing for a family ride. This ride is free for children aged 6-16.

With so many thirsty cyclists in the Fleurieu Peninsula, I'm guessing that the local wineries may be rather busy afterward!

If you're not looking forward to riding back, or haven't got someone to collect you, then you can book a place on a bus to bring you back too. And if you want to proudly announce that you took part, you can even buy an Amy's Ride jersey to show off to your friends.

Be sure to check the weather forecast in advance and take suitable precautions - wear appropriate clothing for the long ride, bring sun screen, take plenty of water, and make sure that your bike is in good repair before the day. A quick service from your local bike shop would be a wise precaution.

For more information about Amy's Ride SA and to register, see the website and check out the BikeSA Facebook page. And good luck!
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Why? Cycling is good for fun and fitness
When: Starts 8am, registration opens 6.45am
Where: Depends which route you choose.
Cost: See website.
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