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Amy's Ride 2014

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Amy's Ride in Adelaide is on again on Sunday 2nd November, travelling various distances with all rides finishing at the new destination of Serafino Winery. Amy's Ride is the major fundraiser for the Amy Gillett Foundation in Adelaide. Inspired by the life of Amy Gillett, the Foundation's vision is to eliminate bike related fatalities.

Amy's Ride
Climb up O'Halloran Hill

Amy Gillett was an Australian track cyclist and rower who represented Australia in both sports before her death in a training accident when a teenage driver crashed into the Australian squad of cyclists with whom she was training in Germany.

Amy Gillett
Amy Gillett

Amy's Ride in Adelaide provides opportunities for cyclists of all skill levels to participate with shorter rides for families, or longer distances for past and present Tour Down Under aspirants.

The 12km ride commences at Serafino Winery and travels along the picturesque Shiraz Trail to the drinks and meal station in the Willunga Recreation Reserve, before turning around and heading back along the same route to Serafino Winery. The route is predominantly flat throughout and is entirely off the main roads.

Shiraz Trail
Shiraz Trail

The 30km ride commences on Majors Road at O'Halloran Hill, and travels along the Southern Expressway to the end, before joining the Coast to Vines Rail Trail in Port Noarlunga. This trail follows the old Willunga railway line and is off the main road until it reaches McLaren Vale, and then ultimately Serafino Winery. The 30km distance suits riders who prefer a predominantly downhill ride.

For those who don't mind a challenge, the 35km ride travels the same route as the 30km ride, albeit starting 5km earlier at Flinders University and then tackling the enticing first hill on the Southern Expressway up to O'Halloran Hill. While the distance isn't much longer, the initial 3km hill climb will test some riders, albeit the reward of almost 30km of downhills makes it worthwhile.

Coast to Vines Trail
Coast to Vines Trail

The next three ride distances cater for the more regular cyclist who dons the lycra for the challenge of seeing how long they can ride before they incur seat soreness. All three rides start at Flinders University and travel the length of the Southern Expressway, and then detour via the coast to Moana (food and drink stop), Port Willunga, Aldinga, and then to the food and drink stop in Willunga. From there the 65km ride distance travels direct to the winery, while the 100km distance heads up the gruelling Willunga Hill before reaching the winery. And for those who wish to emulate the feats of the Tour Down Under participants there is a 125km ride distance which incorporates two circuits of Willunga Hill.

Old Willunga Hill Road
Climb up Willunga Hill

All participants who make it to Serafino Winery will receive some food and drink courtesy of BikeSA, plus the option to purchase additional food, drink and other assorted beverages while enjoying the entertainment that is on offer from 930am until 230pm. BikeSA have also arranged coach transport to return riders to the commencement point of their ride, thus ensuring the ride doesn't need to be any longer than the nominated distance.

Amy's Ride is an opportunity to raise funds and awareness for cyclist safety while riding in an event that has distances that allows the whole family to participate.
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Why? To promote healthy cycling for all
When: 2 November 2014
Where: Flinder Uni or O'Halloran Hill to McLaren Vale
Cost: $10 - $79 depending upon age and distance
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