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Germans give to Gillett cycle foundation

24/11/2005 07:37:03 PM Comments (0)

Organisers of the Thueringen Rundfahrt cycling race in Germany have made a Euro 25,000 ($A40,100) donation to the Amy Gillett Foundation.

Gillett and five Australian Institute of Sport team-mates were on a training ride the day before the race was due to start in July when a car ploughed into them.

Gillett died at the scene of the accident and the other cyclists are still recovering from their injuries.

The first stage of the race was suspended as the cycling community reeled from the impact of the tragedy.

The foundation was set up to promote road safety among cyclists and motorists, fund a scholarship program for young women cyclists and help provide support for the five injured riders.

Next year's Thueringen Rundfahrt will be held on July 18-23 and will feature the Amy Gillett Memorial Prize, which will be awarded to a rider for fair play and teamwork.

The donation was presented to former top Australian rider Margaret Hemsley at the race launch in Zeulenroda, Germany.

Earlier this week, it was announced top Australian cyclist Robbie McEwen will be among several celebrities who will support a 1000km charity ride early next month from country New South Wales to Brisbane.

National road champion Lorian Graham, one of the injured cyclists, is helping to organise the ride, which aims to raise $100,000 for the foundation.

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