It’s on again!! Entries are open for Amy’s Big Canberra Bike Ride, now in its 21st year.
The event is jointly run by Pedal Power ACT, the Territory’s cycling advocacy group, and the Amy Gillett Foundation which is committed to reducing the incidence of death and injury to bike riders.
Around 1200 cyclists rode in last year’s event and Pedal Power’s Event Manager, Stuart Jones, expects a big influx of new entrants for 2014.
“Last year was the first time we had full road closures for the shorter distances which makes it the perfect ride for families and young riders. The feedback was fantastic. Parents really enjoyed riding with their kids along Parks Way so we’re hoping word has spread,” said Jones.
There are four routes to choose from (20km, 35km, 68km and 110km) with all entrants cycling on closed roads for the first 10km.
“The atmosphere for that first 10km with everyone riding along the Parkway is electric. It’s a great thing to be part of,” said Jones.
The routes divide at the foot of the National Arboretum from where riders on the two longer courses will be fully supported as they cycle on roads surrounded by rolling countryside.
“It’s a really good ride on the western side of Canberra and, even if cyclists have done it before, there’s real appeal in having food and water support on hand, great company and even someone to pick you and your bike up if it all gets too hard,” explained Jones.
All riders will start and finish at Federation Mall (in front of Parliament House) where they can get food, refreshments, enjoy the free entertainment and even a massage.
“It’s going to be a really fun day, great for families, great for keen cyclists, great for kids.”
All funds raised by participants in Amy’s Big Canberra Bike Ride will support an ACT cycle safety initiative, funded through the Amy Gillett Foundation’s Cycle Safe Communities Program, incorporating print and radio messages reminding both motorists and bicycle riders of their responsibilities in sharing the road – it’s a two way street.