Cyclist to ride in memory of Gillett

Tim Jenkins cycles in memory of people who have been involved in accidents.
Tim Jenkins cycles in memory of people who have been involved in accidents.

The 37-year-old father will ride 110km in Amy’s Gran Fondo, which is held in memory of Australian cycling team member Amy Gillett who died after being hit by a car in a training ride in Germany in 2005.

Mr Jenkins feels a strong connection to the cause because when he was 16, his friend’s dad was hit by a car while riding home from work.

‘I saw how fast someone’s life could change so dramatically,’ he said.

‘He was a father of five kids, suffered brain damage and entered a permanent vegetative state.

‘I sold my bike, and didn’t ride much after that.’

As he approached 30, Mr Jenkins realised he’d become overweight and decided to get back into cycling.

He has competed in many cycling events around Perth, including the Tour de Perth and Cape to Cape MTB, but after recovering from a foot injury a few months ago, is keen to just enjoy Amy’s Gran Fondo.

‘I’m looking forward to enjoying the scenery, camaraderie, friendship and the views; it will be a good challenge,’ he said.

‘I still ride in remembrance of my friend’s dad.’