Very Special Kids holds inaugural Autumn Classic

Last Friday morning Very Special Kids held the inaugural Autumn Classic cycling event and raised over $42,000!

Through the hard work of our events team, especially Kristi Ingrilli, and loyal supporters, it was an absolute success, as well as a whole lot of fun.

The event was in essence a virtual cycling race with seven teams onsite participating on their own bikes on an indoor trainer. The riders all competed against each other via software that ‘talked’ to their bike- which even made hills harder to get up!

It was an amazing morning, with a lot of Lycra and competition for a cause. Team Grupetto, took out the win and took home the Autumn Classic perpetual trophy, with riders Chris Mallalue, James Robinson, Ryan Bell and Justin Williams. Second and third place went to CMC and Spiders. Each team went their absolute hardest and it was amazing to see such a serious effort from everyone.


We had three winning individuals who received medals, including Richard Abel (CMC) coming in at first, Shannon Laffey (CMC) coming in at second, and Ryan Bell (Grupetto) coming in at third.

Thank you The Cycling Fix, Bridged, Cummins, Mercedes-Benz Toorak and Daimler for all of the support, as well as our amazing MC Peter Montgomery. We couldn’t have done the event without all of the support we received, as well as the assistance from Paul McCann and Andrew MacMillan from our Foundation for getting everyone there.

It cost’s 7.5 million dollars for Very Special Kids to run each year, and because of this it is important that these events take place and grow, we look forward to seeing the Autumn Classic get bigger and better as the years go on!

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