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Wiggle Amy's Gran Fondo 2015

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What’s in store for 2018?

Mens’  & Womens’ NRS Joins Amy’s Otway Tour

The cream of Australia’s domestic professional mens teams will race a criterium on the Saturday in Lorne before lining up on the start line of the Gran Fondo course on Sunday morning. Both races will test the men physically and the teams tactically, which will ensure some fantastic racing against the spectacular backdrop of the Great Ocean Road.

Updated Criterium Course
A revised layout for the 2017 Amy’s Otway Tour Criterium course saw riders take on the famous Amy’s Wall approx 40 times. Back again in 2018 both the men and women of the National Road Series will tackle the revised circuit course on Saturday afternoon in Lorne, battling lap after lap up the wall measuring 110 meters long, with an averages gradient of 15%!

RACV Amy’s Gravel Fondo
After such a successful 2017 addition to ride options on the event schedule, Amy’s Gravel Fondo is the back. The perfect ride for those who want to take their riding off the bitumen and onto the gravel. Amy’s Gravel Fondo will take place on Sunday, starting and finishing in Apollo Bay and covering a distance of 65 kilometres including 1,500 meters of climbing.
Whilst not a technical course, it will still be challenging, perfect for those who prefer mountain or cyclocross bikes to road bikes.

CycloCross Racing
Cyclocross racing will hit the Apollo Bay foreshore on Saturday afternoon as part of the Victorian CX Series. Cyclocross is one of the fastest growing segments of the cycling industry with its combination of road and mountain biking attributes which contribute to it being so engaging to watch from the sidelines

Online safety briefing
Following the success of the 2017 online video safety briefing for previous event participants, this format will be available to all riders participating in the event in 2018.

Fundraise your way to the front of your start/age group
This event is a major fundraiser for the Amy Gillett Foundation. To reward those people who raise funds we have created Gold, Silver and Bronze start groups at the front of each category & event.

Fundraise your way to the front of your start/age group

This event is a major fundraiser for the Amy Gillett Foundation. To reward those people who raise funds we have created Gold, Silver and Bronze start groups at the front of each category & event.

Fundraise $250 and you will be starting in the front Gold start group and will also receive a free event Jersey and access to the VIP marquee.

Fundraise $150 and you will be starting in the Silver start group.

Fundraise $100 and you will be starting in the Bronze start group.

Free event photographs
In 2018 participants will have access to on-course professional photographs, free of charge. Photos of you enjoying the fully closed Great Ocean Road will be available to you after the event. We’ve positioned professional photographers in multiple sections of the ride, so you can re-live the day in its entirety and show those who weren’t with you just what they were missing out on!

19 September 2018 Entries open at 12noon
19 September 2018 Super Early Bird Entries Open
18 May 2018 Early bird entries close
13 July 2018 75% refund on cancellation ends
27 July 2018 Cycling merchandise orders close
10 August 2018 50% refund on cancellation ends
21 August 2018 Online safety briefing open for all participants
29 August 2018 Midnight Cut-off date for safety briefing completion for timing chip postage
12 September 2018 Entries close 12:00 midday unless previously sold out
14 September 2018 Online safety briefing closes
16 September 2018 Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo

Key Event Times

 

Saturday 16 September

Time Event Location
09:00 Registration opens Mantra Lorne
10.00am Expo & Event Village opens Lorne
3.00pm Amy’s Otway Tour Criterium – Women Mountjoy Parade
4:15pm Amy’s Otway Tour Criterium – Men Mountjoy Parade
3:00pm CycloCross Apollo Bay
5:00pm TAC Medio Fondo Bike Transport Depart Lorne Lorne
5:00pm Registration closes Mantra Lorne
5.00pm Expo & Event Village closes Event Village
5.45pm Amy’s Wall Bay Street, Lorne

 

Sunday 17 September
Time Event Location
6:00am Registration opens Mantra Lorne
7.00am Expo & Event Village opens Lorne
7.00am TAC Medio Fondo Bike and Bus Transfers Depart Lorne Lorne
7:00am TAC Medio Fondo Registration opens Apollo Bay Apollo Bay
7.30am Amy’s Otway Tour Road Race – Women Mountjoy Pde, Lorne
8:15am Amy’s Otway Tour Road Race – Men Mountjoy Pde, Lorne
8:00am Registration closes Mantra Lorne
8.30am Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo start (Age category) Mountjoy Pde, Lorne
8.45am Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo start (Recreation category) Mountjoy Pde, Lorne
8:30am RACV Amy’s Gravel Fondo start Apollo Bay
9.00am Lorne TAC Family Fondo start Mountjoy Pde, Lorne
9:00am Apollo Bay TAC Family Fondo start Apollo Bay
10:30am TAC Medio Fondo Registration closes Apollo Bay Apollo Bay
11.00am TAC Medio Fondo start Apollo Bay
Approx. 11.00am Lead Amy’s Otway Tour Road Race Finish Lorne
Approx. 11:30am Lead Amy’s Gran Fondo Finish Lorne
12:00pm Presentation ceremonies commence Finish Stage  – Mountjoy Parade
4.30pm Expo & Event Village closes Lorne
Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo is the safest event on the Australian cycling calendar and we make no apologies for the procedures that are in place to enable us to maintain our safety record. Every participant must complete a compulsory online safety briefing.

The online safety briefing opens for all participants on Tuesday 21st August.

 

If you complete your online safety briefing before midnight Wednesday 29th August, your rider number and timing chip will be mailed out to you.

If you complete your online safety briefing after midnight Wednesday 39th August, you will need to collect your rider number and timing chip as below:

120km – Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo
Saturday 10am – 5pm @ Mantra Hotel or Sunday 6am – Race Start @ Mantra Hotel

Medio Fondo
Saturday 10am – 5pm @ Mantra Hotel or Sunday 9am – Race Start @ Apollo Bay Registration Marquee

Gravel Fondo
*No Mailout to entrants, all Gravel participants will need to collect their race number and timing chip *
Sunday 7:30am – Race Start @ Apollo Bay Registration Marquee

Start Procedure

Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo riders will have the choice when entering to start in either Age Category or by Recreation Category (see Gran Fondo page for more information).

Age Category 

For riders attempting to qualify for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships or achieve a placing in their age category. Age Category riders will start youngest to oldest, with each age category having a unique colour seat post identification tag. 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 2018. 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.

Recreation Category

For riders who wish to ride the course at their own pace and who do not wish to be grouped with riders who are racing for Age Category and UCI Gran Fondo World Championships qualification.

Recreation Category riders will start after Age Category riders, fastest to slowest according to the riding speed selected when entering.

Recreation Category riders are eligible for placings in all category wins except Age Category.

Fundraise your way to the front of your start/age group

This event is a major fundraiser for the Amy Gillett Foundation. To reward those people who raise funds we have created Gold, Silver and Bronze start groups at the front of each category & event.

Fundraise $250 and you will be starting in the front Gold start group and will also receive a free event Jersey and access to the VIP marquee.

Fundraise $150 and you will be starting in the Silver start group.

Fundraise $100 and you will be starting in the Bronze start group.

Age Category riders will receive two seat post tags on completion of their online safety briefing. One tag contains your rider number and timing chip, the second is an age-category identifier which is colour coded.

A Moto Scout will lead each Age Category to the timing start at a controlled 20km/h. Do not pass this motor bike. Riders starting in the Age Category section will receive the bunch start time for their age category, which is calculated when the first rider from that group crosses the timing start. Riders starting in the incorrect Age Category will not receive a finish time.

Recreation Category will receive two seat post tags upon completion of their safety briefing. On tag contains your rider number and timing chip, the second is a speed category identifier. Recreation Category riders start as a continuous bunch and have their start times individually recorded.

Note: Age Category riders are eligible for all category prize money, winners jerseys and UWCT qualification.

Note: Recreation Category riders are eligible for prize money and winners jerseys in KOM, Teams and Overall categories; they are not eligible for UWCT qualification.

 Important: Do not bend your timing tag as doing so may disable the embedded RIF timing strip

Riders are required to carry their own spares however mechanical support provided by Fuel Performance is available on course and in the event village.  Fuel Performance will have mobile mechanics on course in the event of multiple punctures or a problem requiring mechanical assistance.

We recommend that you have your bike serviced by a qualified mechanic at least two weeks prior to Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo. Replacing your chain and if necessary your rear cassette, your brake and gear cable inners and outers will virtually eliminate the likelihood of a mechanical problem during the event. Checking your tyres for embedded glass or stones the night before the Amy’s Gran Fondo could save you from a time wasting stop on the day.

On the day check wheel skewers, headstem bolts and tyre pressures.

120km Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo

There are five Aid Stations located on the Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo course. Water and food are provided at each location, however riders are advised to start with two full bidons and carry their own food and spare tubes.

Aid Station locations: Deans Marsh (23.2km), Forrest (49.7km), Top of Mt Sabine(67.4km), Kennet River (99km) and the Finish.

65km RACV Amy’s Gravel Fondo

Aid Stations located at Redwoods Picnic Ground, Cnr of Turtons Track and Skenes Creek Rd and at the finish

45km TAC Medio Fondo

Aid Stations located at Kennett River and the finish

14km TAC Family Fondo – Apollo Bay

Aid Station located at the turn around at Paradise picnic ground and at the finish in Apollo Bay

14km TAC Family Fondo – Lorne

Aid Station located at the turn around at Cumberland River picnic ground and at the finish in Lorne

If for any reason you are unable to complete the ride, then a SAG wagons will be available to transport you and your back to Lorne. If you are asked to get in the SAG wagon, then please do so for the benefit of your own safety and other road users.

Cut-Off Times and SAG Wagon Policy

As part of the event permit conditions with VicRoads and other local authorities strict road–reopening times must be adhered to.

Deans Marsh Cut-off Time – 10:15am

Riders arriving after the cut-off time will not be permitted to enter Birregurra – Deans Marsh Road. Barriers will be installed and Police support will be present to enforce this policy.

SAG transportation back to Lorne will be provided.

The rider numbers of all riders that miss the cut-off time will be recorded and reported. SAG Wagons will continue to follow the last riders.

Forrest Cut-off Time -11:30am

Riders arriving after the cut-off time will be advised that they are at risk of not arriving at the KOM Finish before the cut-off time.

Option 1: Optional SAG transportation back to Lorne

Option 2: SAG transportation to Skenes Creek where they can resume the course.

KOM Finish Cut-off  Time -12:35pm

Riders arriving after the cut-off time will not be permitted to continue the decent. Barriers will be installed and Police support will be present to enforce this policy:

Compulsory SAG transportation to Kennett River

The rider numbers of all riders arriving after the cut-off time will be recorded and reported to the Event Control Centre SAG Wagons will continue to follow the last riders.

Kennett River Cut-off Time – 2:15pm

Riders arriving after the cut-off time will be advised that they are at risk of not arriving at the Finish Line before the cut-off time. Compulsory SAG transportation to Lorne. The rider numbers of all riders arriving after the cut-off time will be recorded and reported to the Event Control Centre SAG Wagons will continue to follow the last riders.

Great Ocean Road Cut-off & Reopening

Where possible all cyclists need to be in the left lane as those at the tail of the course may have vehicle on course with them if outside cut off times. If you are on the Great Ocean Road after 2:00pm ensure you are in the left lane.

Lorne Finish – 3:30pm

Timing ceases and Great Ocean Road opens

120km Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo = 16

45km TAC Medio Fondo = 12

65km RACV Amy’s Gravel Fondo = 12

14km TAC Family Fondo = 6 (children in tag-alongs and bike seats excepted)

Note: All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian

Riders can choose from a selection of bikes to ride in the event, including road bikes, mountain bikes, city bikes, hybrid bikes and cross bikes.

Handbikes are permitted when required due to a disability. Tandems are only permitted for vision impaired riders, in which case only the vision impaired rider is required to register.

The following bikes are not permitted: recumbents, bikes with tri or aero bars.