Sports Media and Entertainment 360 has nominated the Amy Gillett Foundation as Official Charity Partner of the RACV Great Ocean and Otway Classic Ride on March 18, 2017.

The ride is one of Australia’s premier and most spectacular non-competitive cycling events, attracting participants from both Australia and around the world.

With four distances including 204km, 145km, 60km and 30km; the Classic features over 90km of road closures through the picturesque farmlands of the Otway ranges to Lorne and then back along the famous Great Ocean Road to Torquay.

Event Ambassador and Sport Australia Hall of Fame World Triathlon Champion Emma Carney, is looking forward to attending the Classic and supporting the Amy Gillett Foundation, despite being unable to ride due to surgery earlier in the year.

“It’s a great event with such a warm and friendly vibe in the event village. With the new 30k distance, it’s a must-do event accessible to all ages and abilities” Emma said.

Similarly, Tina McCarthy of popular female cycling group Wheel Women is looking forward to seeing the sea of Classic aqua and hot pink jerseys flooding the Great Ocean Road as the cyclists track between beachside towns Torquay and Lorne.  Advocating participation by women of all ages and abilities, Wheel Women is keen to encourage interested women to join her at events like this and her many training rides.

“Our growing team are excited and very much looking forward to cycling in this picturesque part of the world. The camaraderie in our training rides will serve us well and we will finish together with smiles proving that anyone can enjoy the freedom that cycling provides.” Tina said.

Meanwhile, Aussie cycling great and Amy Gillett Foundation Patron, Phil Anderson, will be cycling 145km on the day.

“I’m looking forward to cycling one of the most beautiful coastlines there is – I’ve ridden all over the world and happy to call it the best.” Phil said.

This year the Amy Gillett Foundation has been appointed as the charity partner, in support of the Foundation’s important cycling safety messages and programs. CEO of the Foundation, Phoebe Dunn said the Classic is a great community event which both celebrates the joy of cycling and helps raise awareness of our efforts to secure a safer cycling environment for everyone, and our a metre matters legislation currently being considered by the Victorian Government.

“We’re proud to be the charity partner and thank all those fundraising for us in support of a safer cycling environment and our a metre matters campaign.  We are working hard to secure the commitment of the Victorian Government to implementing a metre matters legislation in Victoria, along with other safer cycling initiatives.  The support of the cycling community participating in this wonderful day is invaluable to our efforts.” Ms Dunn said.

Event organiser SME360’s CEO Martin Jolly says their event helps to raise the profile of recreational cycling and encourages people to enjoy the outdoors while fundraising for a safer cycling environment.

“As one of the most respected and renowned recreational rides in the Victoria, it’s important that we support the Amy Gillett Foundation in its work towards sharing roads safely and encouraging people to use riding as a social and enjoyable activity” he said.