The Canberra bike riding community will be the first to congratulate Australian cycling champion Anna Meares on her history-making World Title, when she takes part in Amy’s Big Canberra Bike Ride as Event Ambassador this Sunday 1 March.
Meares became the most successful women’s track cyclist overnight, winning her 11th World Title in the keiren event at the UCI Track World Championships in Paris, surpassing previous record holder France's Felicia Ballanger who won ten.
The 31-year-old said she couldn’t wait to come home and share the joy with her Australian supporters at Amy’s Big Canberra Bike Ride, through her partnership with uvex.
"I’m over the moon to have secured my 11th World Title and am looking forward to coming home and celebrating with the Canberra community at Amy’s Big Canberra Bike Ride this Sunday," Meares said. "I’ll be jumping on my bike and taking part in the event, although I may be a little jetlagged!"
Meares also claimed silver in the 500m time trial and bronze in the team sprint at the track cycling championships.
Amy Gillett Foundation CEO Tracey Gaudry said it was an honour to have the world’s greatest female track cyclist involved in Amy’s Big Canberra Bike Ride.
"We are extremely proud to have the most successful female cyclist out there riding in our event this Sunday and spreading our core bike rider safety messages just days after securing her 11th World Title," Gaudry said.
"What an opportunity for the bike riding community to ride alongside Anna Meares – the world’s most prolific women’s track cycling champion!
"Anna is not only an exceptional athlete, but an exceptional role model for all Australians who will be taking part in Amy’s Big Canberra Bike Ride."
Amy’s Big Canberra Bike Ride, hosted by the Amy Gillett Foundation and Pedal Power ACT, is Canberra’s premier community bike ride, with distances for all ages and abilities ranging from 5km to 120km.
The family-friendly Event Village opens at 6.45am this Sunday 1 March, with the 120km and 68km events getting underway at 8am. Enter online at http://bcbr.org.au