This month marks the 11th anniversary of the death of Amy Gillett, the Australian cyclist tragically killed on a team training ride in Germany in 2005.
Just 29 years old, Amy Gillett died at the scene and 5 of her team mates were seriously injured when a young motorist crossed a centre line and collided with the bunch.
Adelaide-born Gillett was a gifted athlete who rowed for Australia at the Atlanta Olympics before taking up competitive cycling, a sport she excelled at.
This week thousands of people – from amateurs right through to members of the pro peloton, have paused to mourn her loss, pay their respects and celebrate her legacy.
Today we honour and celebrate the life of an amazing Australian woman Amy Gillett….
— rachel neylan (@rachneylan) July 18, 2016
Riding to work will be in memory of Amy Gillett who died 11 years ago today when on training ride with her team mates #ametrematters
— gareth hendy (@ghendy) July 18, 2016
— Amy Gillett Found’n (@amygillettfdn) July 8, 2016
Amy’s legacy, the Amy Gillett Foundation, has been at the forefront of cycling safety and awareness since its inception. It has reached people in all parts of the nation with the simple but life-saving message of ‘a metre matters’ that has not only become part of the vernacular but law in many states.
The Amy Gillett Foundation’s mission is simple – safe cycling and zero bike-related fatalities.
This week, like always, we remember Amy Gillett.