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Luke, Rachel and Hyphen's 2017 Tour


On Saturday 27th May, my mate Luke Taylor was smashed by a 4WD whilst riding his bike. He was airlifted to The Alfred Hospital Trauma Centre with life-threatening injuries.  Upon arrival Luke had lost a lot of blood and had to be resuscitated by the amazing medical team who undoubtedly saved his life. He was immediately taken to theatre where he underwent fourteen hours of surgery. Luke's pelvis was fractured and split open by the impact. He sustained numerous and complicated fractures to his femurs in both legs and fractures to his tibia and fibula in his right leg. He has a number of major wounds to his upper and lower legs. His left elbow and humerus are badly fractured. His kidney is bruised and his bladder was split.

He made it through ICU and the trauma ward at the Alfred and is now in rehab at the Epworth in Hawthorn. He is likely to be there for months. Luke did the tour in 2014 and his sister Rachel was signed up to the tour this year but has understandably decided to withdraw. Rachel asked Luke to nominate the 'Luke Taylor rider' to ride in her place. I am honored to have been asked. Rachel was a close friend and Australian rowing team mate of Amy Gillett.

Rachel sold her bike to able to donate the $7,500 required for my entry. I have decided to raise my own funds and match what Rachel so kindly donated.

Luke, Rachel and I would really appreciate it if you would support the Amy Gillett Foundation by donating to my page. We want to do whatever we can to help prevent such a horrific incident happening to other riders.


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Amy Gillett Foundation

The Amy Gillett Foundation (AGF) began its work in 2006 in the name of Amy Gillett, who was tragically killed as a result of being hit by a motorist whilst cycling with the Australian Women’s Road cycling team in Germany in 2005. The Amy Gillett Foundation's vision is for safe bicycling throughout Australia in order to achieve the ultimate target of zero bicycling fatalities. The Foundation promotes a safe and harmonious relationship of shared respect between bicyclists and motorists – to highlight the importance of being responsible every time we head out on the road whether we're on two wheels or on four. Why? Because everyone deserves to arrive at their destination safely irrespective of their chosen mode of transport.

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