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THE riders on the Amy Gil­lett Share The Road Tour have crossed many bridges in their trip from Coolan­gatta, and even had to stop for the ferry as they trav­elled through to Lawrence yes­ter­day.

Stop­ping at the school, the riders, which in­clude Olympian and world cham­pi­onship sil­ver medal­list Rachel Ney­lan and ris­ing star Lucy Kennedy, re­ceived a great re­cep­tion and the kids couldn’t wait to pick their brains about their jour­ney from Coolan­gatta to Syd­ney.

“We had a great morn­ing with them, they rode up and talked to the kids about why they they were do­ing the ride, and where the ride took them,” Lawrence Pub­lic School prin­ci­pal Jac­que­line Men­zies said.

“They talked about the cy­cling ex­pe­ri­ences of all the dif­fer­ent riders and the races that they won, and the kids got to check out the bikes of a few peo­ple, with a cou­ple of kids try­ing to sit on the re­ally tall bikes.”

Mrs Men­zies said many of the chil­dren from the school were reg­u­lar bike riders and asked the group about the im­por­tance of wear­ing hel­mets, and said she hoped the mes­sage about be­ing safe around riders got back to their par­ents as well.

The cy­cling tour started in Coolan­gatta on Satur­day and aims to raise money to help lobby govern­ment for a na­tional ap­proach to bike safety, with their “a me­tre mat­ters” cam­paign chang­ing laws in many states in­clud­ing New South Wales.

The riders will reach Syd­ney on Fri­day.


PEDAL POWER: Rachel Ney­lan and Lucy Kennedy with fel­low Amy Gil­lett ride cy­clists at the Lawrence Ferry.

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