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Grip : GRIP September 2012
SPORT GRIP 4000 CYCLISTS TAKE ON ICONIC ROAD THE Amy Gillett Foundation, which is supported by Subaru, has just run Amy’s Grand Fondo on the Great Ocean Road, which saw a gathering of over 4000 cyclists take on one of Australia’s most iconic roads. Competitors of all ages and experience came along to enjoy either a 120 kilometre, 40 kilometre or 14 kilometre route on the road, which was closed to all other traffic. 2011 was the inaugural year of the event, which was the brainchild of Simon Gillett, Amy’s husband. Foundation head of marketing, David Lee, says the location on the Victorian coast is the perfect place for the event. “The Grand Fondo is an Italian tradition that engages the whole community and Simon has had a vision for a long time to bring one of those sor ts of events to Australia. “It’s a fantastic event that gives bike riders the opportunity to experience Tour de France like conditions - full road closure, prize-money, and an oppor tunity to qualify for a place in the UWTC final, Left: Rhys Gillett and Miranda Griffiths won the Subaru King and Queen of the Mountain award. so it carries some profile as well. “It gives riders the opportunity to experience something different too.” Australian road cyclist, Rhys Gillett, won the Subaru King of the Mountain title at the event. Rhys is Simon Gillett’s son, so the hill climb had an extra meaning to him. The victory was also sweeter as it gave Rhys back to back Subaru King of the Mountain titles. He beat the strong field to the top of the climb with the time of 22:29.7 minutes. Miranda Griffiths was the Subaru Queen of the Mountain winner, and the Victorian rider was also the women’s overall winner on the 120-kilometre course. Rhys averaged 24.8 km per hour up the gruelling 9.5 kilometre climb, to win by 12.6 seconds from Michael Crosbie. The two had a one-minute break over the remainder of the field. “It’s pretty amazing to be in an event, and then win at that event, that has your own name in it,” Rhys said. “It does make it feel a bit weird standing on the podium but it does give it extra meaning and it’s a good thing, a bit of fun. “Normally in a hill climb you accumulate points, but this is just one section of the course, so tactics play a role and I got that right. “The Gran Fondo is a fantastic event and is one of the best run events in Australia. “I’ve done a Gran Fondo in Italy as well, and I have to say that this is pretty close to being as good, and the Italians have been doing it for ages and it is only just getting established here. “It’s for a very good cause as well.” INSIDE GRIP HOME PAGE PARTS & ACCESSORIES AFTERSALES MARKETING SAFETY WHO’S WHO AT SUBARU ALLIANCES AMBASSADORS TRENDS DEALER STATS SPORT
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