Connect Hearing has teamed up with the Amy Gillett Foundation to offer free 15-minute health checks to participants and visitors taking part in the 2014 Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo in Lorne.
Riders are invited to stop for a quick health check – hearing, blood pressure, BMI and heart rate – and can also rehydrate and refuel with a banana and a bag of goodies!
In it’s fourth year now, Amy’s Gran Fondo is held in memory of Australian cycling team member Amy Gillett, who tragically lost her life when she was hit by a car during a training accident in Germany in 2005. The event aims to raise awareness and money for the Amy Gillett Foundation, established to reduce the incidence of death and injury to riders.
Tracey Gaudry, Chief Executive of the Amy Gillett Foundation, said the Cycle Safe & Sound 15-minute health checks are part of the Foundation’s commitment to improving bike rider safety. “The use of our senses, including hearing, when riding is critical to safety,” she emphasised. “Bike riders know it’s important to keep their bike mechanically sound – this initiative is about placing higher importance on a rider’s own personal health too.”
Connect Hearing Group Manager, Marketing, Duncan Armour agrees. “Hearing the sounds of the road and shared path users is critical to bike rider safety,” he said. “Ensuring your hearing is tuned to optimum performance can also enhance enjoyment and confidence.”
Cycling is a great form of low impact exercise, especially for the over 50’s. However, this is also the age where people need to start proactively managing their health to reduce the likelihood of it impacting their safety. Research shows that bike riders over the age of 50 are 75% more likely to be involved in a crash than younger riders*, pointing to the need for greater safety awareness among this older generation
Those taking part in Amy’s Gran Fondo are urged to look for the Cycle Safe & Sound 15-minute health check stop at the Expo on Saturday 13 September from 12 noon.
Read more about Amy’s Gran Fondo here.
* Monash University Accident Research Centre/VicRoads 2011/12 statistics