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All the talk prior to today’s GW ride was about Black Caviar! The world’s best sprinter was in Adelaide today chasing her world record 20th consecutive victory. Did you see the race? What a fantastic win in front of a sell-out crowd!
We got to the track a little earlier today to farewell some of the Gawler Wheeler regulars who this weekend are riding the 290 kms to Port Elliott and back. They are Juz, Pete, Michael, Dave and Andrew. We received progress reports during the day and are pleased to advise that they made it safely to Port Elliott at 1.47pm. A big 140 km ride today with Juz texting on arrival “.. about to go hunt food…..want fooooooooood!” Well done today crew and safe riding back tomorrow!
During the ride brief, following the overwhelming success and positive feedback last week of THE WHISTLE concept, Wilson expanded the initiative and presented two new whistles to yours truly and TEC Mick. The concept is all about enhancing the GW experience during our re-groups. We also welcomed newbie Craig, aka “CJ”, along for his first GW ride.
On a very crisp morning the other 47 riders left the starting gates for the scheduled 60km ride which took us down the Stuart O’Grady Bikeway. Whilst it was a little cool there was no wind and no rain so we knew that it would be a great ride. The first 23km leg along the SOB was a blast, and inspired by Black Caviar, was a flat out sprint for most riders at speeds of 30 – 40 kms. However unlike Black Caviar we needed a well-deserved re-group at the end of this leg.
On the SOB if you escape the wind on the down track you normally cop it on the way back. That was not the case today….yippee! All the way back to Jaspers Café the conditions remained perfect with no wind and the sun caressing us as we zoomed along. It was great to see many sub-groups form and riders helping each other along. Many PBs were recorded this morning with many average speeds of over 30kms for the 60 km ride. WELL DONE everyone…another brilliant GW ride just like Black Caviar's!
NEXT WEEK: We will be holding two concurrent rides. One is on a brand new undulating route through the Barossa Valley over a mammoth 105 kms. The other ride will also take us through the Barossa on a shorter 60km route. YOU are welcome to attend….just pick the ride that suits you best! Full details will be posted on AC Events soon! Today’s photo gallery follows:
Pete and Dave prepare for the Port Elliott ride. Jane drove the support vehicle.↓
Prolific AC Blogger Steven Ellison getting ready to ride with us today↓
….and here is what Steven said after the ride↓
John showing off his new road bike↓
Dale….what is a “Lukey”?↓
Newbie Craig ready for his first GW ride↓
Today’s young GW brigade Jonah (L) and Carmen↓
Andrew, Pete, Michael and Dave leave for Port Elliott. Where's Juz?↓
Is that Lyndelle showing us how she would ride Black Caviar? Not bad!↓
Horses everywhere! Tour of Spain 2001↓
Arriving at the start of the SOB↓
Start of the SOB. Blow the whistle, we are ready to go!↓
However, Lyndelle rides a bike better than a horse!↓
Caroline, with hubby Chris a respectable distance behind.↓
Dale (R) explaining to Gareth that he has a mechanical problem↓
How many people does it take to fix a loose bottle cage?↓
Black Caviar’s cousin at the Tour of Spain Stage 12 ↓
Wilson at Jaspers distributing the GW Team Kit↓
Part of today’s fantastic GW crowd post-ride↓
Wattsy and his beautiful daughter Bethany dropped in to say hi↓
Finally…Black Caviar racing to the finishing post. CHAMPION↓
Gawler Wheelers is all about comradeship, fun, fitness and chasing our dreams. Join the GW group on AC. Come on our rides. Contact details below. Until next week >> Cheers for now...Frank.
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Next goal ??? Hmmmm 100k ride when and if I am ready for that.
Oh gawwddd now I have a BIG decision to make.
You wouldn't want to mis this one Terry. As Frank said, its just beautiful countryside out there. Love cruisng through it in the car. Will be even nicer on the bike when you can also hear and smell what's happening around you. I'm certainly not going to 'bust my gut' on this one! Its too good to waste. That would be like buying a bottle of the best the Barossa has to offer, and trying to knock it off in 30 seconds!
And you get your 100 at the same time. What a fortnight - first the 30km/hr average, and then the 100km! JUST DO IT !!! ( If you can average 30.8 over 60km, you can do a 100. But maybe a little slower than 30.8!! )
AAAAArgggggggggggggggggg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bl__dy Frank must have been reading my mind over the past few weeks lmao...yer John I know where your coming from but geezzzzz average will be 25 maybe less for me if I do go on it..and that Gomersal bugga eeewww. but then again life is too short to worry bout if only's in your life..Have cracks in my rear wheel so see what happens during the week...
You smashed it, mate. Didn't even know you were there until the rest stops!
And when you a couple of thousand K's away it's great to hear what has happened! Can't wait 'till we're back home so I can get back on the bike!!
Thanks for all your company out there today Carl. I reckon we worked together really well, with another rider whose name I have forgotten. Sorry. I met too many new GWs today, thanks to the new steed I was riding.
When we caught that big bunch I was surprised to see my sparring partner Terry, burried away incognito, unlike Black Caviar. He was wearing the same colours as the other riders, with his new GW strip. But like the great horse, when I went around, wide on the track and wasting precious energy, he let out a snort, and a laugh, and pulled out to chase me down.
I knew he had caught me when I could hear him singing, right on my hindquarters, just a few seconds later. My spirit was crushed, just as those two jockeys out in front would have felt, when they heard those famous hooves pounding up behind them today. To rub it in Terry started started his b...y singing again, as he did last week, when he sailed past about 400 metres before the finish line!
Had another Black Caviar moment in a group of four, two - by - two formation, as we were galloping up towards the bend, before coming into the home straight ( the SOB ). I had boxed this fellow in on my left. Sorry, forgot your name too. Was it Allan? But it was Colin and David on the front row. I said something like "Hey, I've got you boxed in nicely Black Caviar! I think your winning streak has come to an end mate!" And with that David eased out to the right, and the 'Black Caviar' shot through the gap to take the lead, hamming it up for all it was worth. We all had a good laugh. It was a clue as to how the great mare escaped the 'box' and flew past the two leaders this arvo.
And thanks for partnering me again in the home straight Carl. You are a real gentleman, helping me out to get me over the finish line with an average over 30. Almost got there - 29.8. Enjoy your ride tomorrow. Weather looks great again.
Hey David, help me out please. It wasn't me that jumped through the gap, it was 'Black Caviar'. Who was that guy? He had a real turn of speed there. And a great sense of occasion with how he waved his arms and cheered himself into the lead. Went passed you and Colin like you were standing still. Smaller chap he was, with longish hair. Colin told me his name at Jaspers, but I have forgotten. For now he is just the 'Black Caviar' to me!
David, thanks for your nice comment. But that was my first ride on the 'new' bike. I spend a lot less time changing gears now with that modern trigger index shifting, or whatever its called. And it is about 5 or 6 kilos lighter than the old one. So it made a big difference. And I feel a lot happier about how it fits and feels now, after losing a bit of sleep over the first few days after buying it.
yeh, John i believe that was me you and Carl all working together.. but you were a bit crook i believe? nice work to hold on till the end of the SOB and congrats on the overall average. Kudos to you
Thanks Brett, and sorry about forgetting your name. I've got to get that wheel magnet back to you too! Now I just have to catch up with the 'Black Caviar'.
Ha ha, yes, was feeling a bit 'off'' at the end of the SOB. Interesting what the body does to let you know you are over doing it. Happened to me on the first ride with GW too, up at Freeling. But its not till I got off the bike, both times, that I realized there was a problem. I wonder if anyone else has experienced it too? Hey Frank, we need to schedule these rest stops where the are some public conveniences nearby:)
John.. i'm unsure if it was you myself and Carl were helping on the southern direction on SOB, were you the flemmy one? and i said i'd much rather be infront of you while you spit out your loogys? lol.
the other suspect might have been Barry.. but to whoever it was is welcome and hoping they get well soon :)
also... there's no rush on that magnet mate