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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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haha great report, Frank, as usual! Not sure how fast I was yesterday - not challenging the front runners, of course, but happy with my smooth ride.
My favourite part was when I overtook 5 guys at once on the roads, then had to slow up and let them catch me because I didn't know where I was going.
Had so much fun riding with all you guys!
Next question is whether I'm on call next weekend - would love to join in, and see whether I could handle my first ever 100km
Thats soo funny Lyndelle allowing the fellas to catch back up to you for fear of getting lost..Good to see you out at last with your new steed...
In horse racing terms I rode like I was first up from a spell and needed the run..( bit like my horse every time he races). great morning for the ride, and looking forward to the next one already..
For those interested, the Guys & Girls have all arrived back home from their Port Elliot trip.
It was an adventure of 'Hi-Drama', and we will post a report in the next few days to tell you all about it.
A beautiful morning it was... a great ride, a new record for me just as it was for Black Caviar ;o) I've come close to 60km before but yesterday I cracked it, with a bit of a detour up Para Road on the last leg to ensure the Garmin clocked over the 60km. Even had a bit of chase to catch the tailenders again as they turned up the last stretch. Couldn't wait to upload the Garmin when I got home - to find that I also had my best ever average moving speed :o)
It's always a pleasure to ride with the GW group, its kept me going and I'm getting better. Not quite ready for Gomersal Rd though... but I aim to do any 'undulating' ride by the end of the year :o)
Frank your reports and photos are always entertaining ;o)
You had good karma after giving up your tube, so I'm glad to see that it seemed to have been paid in full :)
Caroline that is great news.. Congrats. It is great to conquer a goal you have set your mind on..Soo pleased for you :)
Great ride, pushed as hard as I could for the whole thing. Got amazing heart rate results thanks to the good guys letting me draft them for a lot of the first half and then working hard with Chris for the last third. 83 km total trip including riding to and from Gawler for an average speed of 31.4 km/hr. I can't believe how it helps riding with others, my legs were sturggling but having other working with you spurs you on. Thanks. Still trying to decide if I'm up for the 100 km Saturday. May ride to Kersbrook tomorrow morning and see how that goes.
Hey john you can share my wheel :) We will get you back up to speed in no time!
Yep I'll take you up on that. I'm pretty sure I'll do the long ride.
A chilly start with a short brisk canter to get to Jaspers before the release from the starting gate on the whistle. The pace was fast and furious with alot of joggling for position and changing of leaders......Keith was cornering at speed and we only saw his heels after the turns but then we used the whip to get back on terms until the last few furlongs when he accelerated and got in front by a short head! Frank was following hard behind and first to the bar for the celebratory drink. Well done Black Caviar and all the Wheelers.....the odds weren't good for the puntersbut the event was awesome!!