2014 Amy's Otway Classic | 14 Sep
Amy's Otway Classic, run in conjunction with the Wiggle Amy's Gran Fondo, makes its first appearance on the national calendar with riders set to tackle 110 kilometres from Lorne to Benwerrin, including a spectacular section along a fully closed Great Ocean Road on Sunday 14th September this year.
Both Amy’s Otway Classic and the Gran Fondo will benefit from support via the Victorian State Government’s Significant Sporting Events Program.
In its fourth year, Amy’s Gran Fondo is held in memory of Australian cycling team member Amy Gillett, who tragically lost her life in a training accident in Germany in 2005 when hit by a car.
Elite women will begin their race one hour before the mass start of Amy’s Gran Fondo in Lorne, with riders travelling along the picturesque Great Ocean Road before tackling a testing 10km Queen of the Mountain at Skenes Creek. Riders will then brace themselves before the course concludes with another tough 10km climb to the finish line at Benwerrin.
More than 5,000 recreational and competitive cyclists, all experiencing the safety and thrill of riding on closed roads as part of Amy’s Gran Fondo, are expected to descend on the Colac Otway and Surf Coast region for the event on Sunday 14th September, which will also take in the Otway Ranges.
Entries in the Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo can be made at www.amysgranfondo.org.au
Distance: 109.7 km
Start time: 7.30am
Approx finish time: 10.45am
Start location: Mountjoy Parade, Lorne
Finish location: Deans Marsh – Lorne Road, Benwerrin
Lorne is located 67km from Geelong, the host city for the 2010 UCI World Road Cycling Championships, and 140km from Melbourne host city for the 2012 UCI World Track Cycling Championships.
Melbourne Airport, 140km from Lorne, is a major international hub serviced by all the major domestic carriers.
Avalon Airport, located just north of Geelong is 90km from Lorne.
About the Region
Apollo Bay is located between Lorne and Cape Otway on the Great Ocean Road. As a popular tourist destination, Apollo Bay offers swimming and surf beaches, as well as a large boat harbour and marina, and is home to a major fishing fleet. Apollo Bay and the Otway’s are a great base from which to explore the spectacular scenery that abounds in the surrounding Great Otway National Park.
The Apollo Bay Visitor Information Centre is 43km from Lorne and provides visitor information on accommodation, tours, things to see and do in Apollo Bay and the Otways. Interpretation centre, interesting souvenirs and gifts are available to suit all ages. Drop in for free maps and general information handout sheets.
The idyllic coastal town of Lorne, located on Victoria's scenic coastal route, the Great Ocean Road, is one of the most popular cycling destinations in Australia, and rated as one of the most beautiful rides in the world. Lorne itself is the most popular year round seaside holiday destination in Victoria and features beautiful beaches set against the backdrop of the Otway Ranges, which rise 1500m above the coastline.
The Lorne Visitor Information Centre is a valuable resource providing visitors with comprehensive referral system on where to stay in Lorne, the Surf Coast and Great Ocean Road region. The Information Centre can provide information and advice on what to see and do, local produce and gifts, free maps, itineraries, guides, internet and discounted attraction passes.
AGF have been able to secure a limited number of rooms at the Mantra Lorne. In addition, a lower budget alternative for groups is available at the Surf Club at Lorne.
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