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With the completion of a 2 year cycle for the previous group targeted by the ANWRDP it is proposed to start a new cycle for a new group of five riders.


The 2 year cycle model used previously sees the introduction of the selected riders to European racing through stage races in the first year, then exposure to early season classics in the second year, allowing a progression from lower intensity/ high density racing in smaller bunches to then step up to high intensity / lower density racing in large and highly skilled bunches.


The goal remains to ultimately develop riders able to be recruited by professional teams.


The Tour will be staffed by CA and directed jointly between Martin Barras, Senior National Coach, and Kim Palmer, QAS Cycling Coach.


Scholarship benefits include:

- Overseas travel, meals and accommodation

- Servicing and spares for own road racing bike

- International racing licence and insurance

- Training and competition support by Cycling Australia High Performance Program staff

- Media training

- Living allowance while in Europe


Other benefits include:

- High5 Australian Women's Road Development Team and Amy Gillett Foundation sponsored equipment and product including cycling equipment and team clothing

Participation in Amy Gillett Foundation Share the Road Tour (November 11-17) as the Scholarship recipient (, meals and accommodation)

Amy Gillett Foundation support to athlete’s future development through liaison with athlete, Cycling Australia and athlete’s own state/local support structure e.g. State Institute/Academy of Sport

Access to the Amy Gillett Foundation Board and Ambassadors for mentoring and guidance on career opportunities.


Key Dates 2017


Applications open 1 May
Applications close 19 May
Scholarship announced 23 May
Depart Australia for Europe 4 July
Thuringen Rundfahrt (Amy Gillett Memorial) July 11-17
Kermesses, Omloops & Erpe-Mere Classic July 18 - Aug 8
Vargarda TTT & RR (World Tour subject to invitation) August 9-15
Tour of Norway August 17-20
GP Ouest France, Plouay August 26
Tour de L'Ardeche September 5-10
Return to Australia September 12
Amy's Otway Tour 16-17 September
Amy's Share the Road Tour 2017 11-19 November



Selection Criteria


- Cycling potential relating to talent and physiology

- Team approach

- Potential to fulfill the ethos of the Amy Gillett Cycling Scholarship through self-confidence, leadership, sportsmanship, determination and life skills

- Current and/or previous study and career development, future study and/or career plans

- Results to date at national and (where applicable) international competitions

- Sporting background in recognition of Amy’s diverse sporting endeavours



Application Requirements


Applicants are required to upload PDF versions of the following documents when applying:

1. Covering Letter, addressing the selection criteria (include head & shoulders photo)

2. Sporting Resume

3. Personal/Work Resume including Academic Records, Awards, References



Eligibility & Requirements

• The Amy Gillett Cycling Scholarship is open to Australian female road cyclists competing at national level (i.e. must hold a current Cycling Australia ‘elite’ category women’s licence)

• Current or former AIS Cycling Scholarship holders are not eligible for the Amy Gillett Cycling Scholarship nb. Former guest riders of the AIS are eligible

• Athletes who have held or currently hold a contract with a UCI registered team (for a full racing season) are not eligible for the Amy Gillett Cycling Scholarship nb. former guest riders of a UCI registered team are eligible

• Applicants must be available to fulfill an overseas road racing competition and training program between July and September 2017 and participate in Amy's Share the Road Tour 2017


The successful applicant will be expected to:

• Uphold and support the ethos, aims and philosophy of the Amy Gillett Foundation

• Act as an ambassador of the Amy Gillett Foundation. A mutually agreed program will be established with the Amy Gillett Foundation Chief Executive Officer via the Amy Gillett Cycling Scholarship Agreement

• Sign the High5 Australian Women's Road Development Team Agreement



Scholarship Selection


Scholarship applications will be evaluated by the following Selection Panel:


Phoebe Dunn

Amy Gillett Foundation Chief Executive Officer.


Phil Anderson
Patron - Amy Gillett Foundation; Pioneer Australian cyclist; Australia’s first-ever Tour de France yellow jersey wearer.


Simon Gillett

Patron - Amy Gillett Foundation; husband of Amy Gillett, Dual World Champion (Rowing), Former Australian Selector (Rowing), Former Head Coach South Australian Sports Institute & Rowing Australia.


Tracey Gaudry
Vice President - Union Cycliste Internationale; President - Oceania Cycling Confederation; Dual Olympic road cyclist.


Sara Carrigan OAM
Olympic and World Champion road cyclist, Level 2 Cycling Australia accredited coach, Founder - Sara Carrigan Cycling School providing coaching clinics and safety sessions to recreational riders. 


Brad McGee

Bradley John McGee OAM is an Australian former professional racing cyclist. He is currently the head coach of the New South Wales Institute of Sport.


Martin Barras
AIS/CA Senior Women’s Road Coach.


The decision of the Selection Panel is final.