Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo

The 2018 120km Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo will use the same course direction as 2016 & 2017, i.e. anti-clockwise. Starting in Lorne, the course takes riders through the Otway Ranges and along a breathtaking 40km stretch of the Great Ocean Road, before finishing on the main street in Lorne.

Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo is one of the few events on the Australian cycling calendar that provides the safe and unique experience of riding on a fully closed road. Coupled with a compulsory online safety briefing for all riders, Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo aims to be the safest event in Australia.

A ‘Gran Fondo’ is an age-old Italian cycling term, meaning ‘great endurance’. Traditionally a Gran Fondo is a timed event that has a scenic, challenging, mountainous course.

The distance, terrain and sensational scenery of the Surf Coast and Colac Otway regions makes for a challenging ride and the ideal location for a Gran Fondo.

As a result, some participants ride for the satisfaction of finishing the course, some participants ride to beat their previous times, and or their friends, whilst some ride to be the first across the finish line. The event caters for all these aims.

A feature of the course, the Otway Ranges, provides participants with a welcome challenge. Over the length of the course, participants tackle 2021m, featuring 1 x category 2 climb, 2 x category 3 climbs and 1 x category 5 climb.

At the highest point, before descending towards the Great Ocean Road, participants will be at an altitude of 569m above sea level. The epic view of Bass Strait makes up for the pain experienced during the climb.

The challenging nature of Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo makes it worthy of its status as a UCI Gran Fondo World Series event. The top 25% of finishers in the Age Group category will qualify for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.

Each Age Group winner and KOM winner will receive our unique Amy’s Gran Fondo trophy cut from solid bluestone.

Age Category

Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo offers results by Age Category, for both women and men. The Age Categories are for those riders who wish to achieve a ranking in their age category.

The top 25% of finishers i.e. each Age Category will qualify for the 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Varese, Italy. The Age Category sections will start in order of youngest to oldest group.

There are 9 different age categories for both men and women

19-34
35-39
40-44
45-49
50-54
55-59
60-64
65-69*
70+*

* Subject to minimum entry numbers

Age categories are defined by the riders age on December 31st 2017. UCI Gran Fondo World Championships who move into the next age category in the following year are automatically qualified for that age category.
Age category riders are eligible for all category wins.

Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo is a qualification event for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.

Men and women finishing in the top 25% of their Age Category will qualify with a minimum of three riders per age group guaranteed qualification.

Each qualifying rider (riders must start in the Age Category) will receive a UCI medal in recognition of their qualification for the 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Varese, Italy.

The Recreation Category is for riders who wish to ride the course at their own pace, ride with friends and teammates of any age or who do not wish to be grouped together with riders who are racing.

Recreation category riders numbers will be started as a single peloton after the Age Categories depart.

Note – riders in the Recreation Category are eligible for prize money and winners jerseys in KOM, Teams and Overall categories; they are not eligible for UCI qualification or Age Category prize-money.

Teams consist of at least five riders who have joined their Team Fundraising page. To be eligible for a Team result each team must fundraise a minimum of $500 in support of the safety work of the Amy Gillett Foundation.

Cut-off for Team fundraising is 5pm Friday 15 September

The following team categories include:

Men’s Team
A minimum of five male riders from any Age Category and/or Recreation Category. Your overall team time is calculated as the aggregate time of the five fastest male riders.

Women’s Team
A minimum of five female riders from any Age Category and/or Recreation Category. Your overall team time is calculated as the aggregate time of the five fastest female riders.

Mixed Team
A minimum of five riders of which at least two must be female. Your overall team time is calculated as the aggregate time of the five fastest riders. of which at least two must be female.

The KOM is located at Mt Sabine approximately 12.5km after Forrest. KOM time is calculated from the timing start to the KOM finish.

There will be one overall Men’s and Women’s KOM winner irrespective of whether the rider started in Age or Recreation Category.

8.15am for 8:30am start            Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo – Age category

8.30am for 8:45am start            Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo -Recreation category

Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo offers prize money to participants who place 1st, 2nd or 3rd in the following Age Category and Team Categories*.

KOM, Team and Overall Winner categories receive prize money for first place only.

1st  = $500

2nd = $300

3rd = $150

*Subject to your team fundraising a minimum of $500
**Prize money not applicable for Amy’s Medio Fondo participants

1st, 2nd & 3rd in each Age/Team Category and 1st in KOM/Overall Categories will be presented with their medals and jerseys at the official presentation ceremony which will be conducted on the presentation stage at the finish line immediately after each age group finishes.

If you have placed in a category, you will be advised by SMS. So have your phone handy. Presentations will be conducted immediately following the 3rd place getter crossing the finish line.

Prize money winners will be emailed a link to provide banking details enabling us to direct deposit your prize money.

UCI Medals – the top 25% of riders according to finishing times for their age/gender category, are eligible for a GFWS Medal. These will be available from the Medal Collection marquee in the Event Village from 1:30pm. Riders who have qualified for a medal will be notified by SMS.