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It has sold over 20 million copies, it has taken the world by storm and everyone is talking about this year’s best seller! This week we are giving away a copy of “Fifty Shades of Grey” to one lucky reader…(see later on how to enter). We actually thought it was a book about Interior Decorating….apparently not!
They say that variety is the spice of life and we certainly spiced up today’s Gawler Wheelers ride by riding one of our traditional routes in the reverse direction to normal. We knew that the weather was going to be ideal for riding today but it far and away exceeded our expectations. 40 riders decided to make the most of the dry and calm conditions.
Spot on 7.30 we all grasped our handle-bars and headed off on the first two legs to Sandy Creek & Lyndoch. We had a couple of brief visits from the puncture fairy, however we made great time in view of the excellent conditions. It was also fantastic riding from Lyndoch to Tanunda and we arrived at Gomersal Rd in no time.
Riding Gomersal Road always involves pain and pleasure….what would it be like in the reverse direction? The riders will comment later on that, although the general consensus was that even the ascents were pleasurable today. The spin back to Gawler was an absolutely ecstatic experience with speeds of well over 40kph.
Our local hero, Jack Bobridge, commences his quest for Olympic Gold next week. Today his Dad, Kahl, rode with us. We asked Kahl how Jack’s preparation was going and he replied:
“I spoke to Jack yesterday and he said that it is all going to plan. He is in his best form ever! Jack said that it is all coming together at the right time and we are up for the GOLD!”
Thanks for riding with us today Kahl and give our best wishes to Jack and the Aussie team when you see them in London.
We will be holding two concurrent GW rides…a HILLS ride and a BEGINNERS HILL ride. Details will be posted on AC Events soon. YOU are welcome to join us.
Thank you also to all who rode with us today. We don’t think that there is anything in “Fifty Shades of Grey” that could be better than the sensational ride we experienced today…(although we have not read the book so we stand to be corrected!!) Some of the GW members have already read it as you will see from this video of our recent GW RPM class!
TO WIN THE BOOK "FIFTY SHADES OF GREY":
Everyone who posts a comment on this ride report will go in to the draw to win the book. The winner will be drawn at next week’s GW ride….and the book will be posted to the winner, (if not on the ride), in plain paper wrapping!
(Keep the reply comments “G” rated please).
TODAY’S PHOTO GALLERY FOLLOWS:
Lorraine and Juz having a sneak preview of “Fifty Shades of Grey”. I think they liked it…didn’t stop smiling for the whole 60km ride!↓
Corey all ready to ride this morning↓
Pete with a huge smile because he was successful in booking a spot on next year’s Hot Chilee London to Paris bike race. Tell us a bit about it Peter please...it sounds awesome from what you told me.↓
The big crowd ready to ride this morning at 7.30↓
Paul (L) and David who was googling to see what “Fifty Shades of Grey” is all about!↓
Chris, Peter and Warren at Sandy Creek↓
Carmen and Jonah at Sandy Creek.......”Damn....Frank said that we are too young for that book”↓
Riders arriving at Sandy Creek↓
Kev (L), Kahl Bobridge and Paul↓
Corey, how did you manage to leave your water bottles home mate?↓
Troy > “I have long been into shades of grey…see!”↓
Craig having a laugh after Peter said that he always thought the book was about hair colouring and styling!↓
Colin dreaming about “Fifty Shades of Grey” (He nearly crashed)↓
We gather around Kahl Bobridge at Lyndoch to send a big cheerio to Jack and the Aussie team as they GO FOR GOLD in London.↓
The bikes having a well deserved rest at Lyndoch↓
Lorraine and Paul on Gomersal Road↓
Brenton having a great time on his 3rd ride with us↓
Juz at Tanunda…..”Andrew, is there a book-shop nearby?”↓
Jon did you enjoy the ride after a few weeks absence?↓
End of Gomersal Road Regroup↓
Beautiful scenery on today’s route↓
Warren keeping the body temp up on the Gomersal Rd regroup↓
Choo Choo stop not far from home↓
John responding to “are you ready for tomorrow’s 200km Audax ride?". Tell us about the ride route John, how the Audax rides work etc etc.↓
Finally, after one of our best ever Saturday rides we leave you with a song from the London based group “The Saturdays” ENJOY!↓
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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@ REIDY - I was only trying to point out some good bits to Juz, honest.....then Frank (you know what he's like with that camera) sneaked up on us and "snap" he caught me by surprise!!!
Good to see this publishing phenomenon has now reached it's logical conclusion:
Can't wait to see that movie :)
Anyway, that was a great ride today. Everyone was going well, but it's great to see how some of the young dudes are getting very fast indeed.
Oh fantastic!! I have the "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" book and it's hilarious - thus far it's been the only way I can stomach Jane Austen (the way she wrote her characters makes me want to slap them all).
I love this bit in the description:
"If you thought the original Fifty Shades of Grey had extreme action, then you won't believe what you'll find in Fifty Shades of Grey and Zombies. LOL meets WTF in this hilarious send up of America's latest literally obsession...a post-apocalyptic parody that's the perfect companion to the original. But beware, this 'companion' has the appetite of a zombie!"
after a few weeks off the bike It was time to continue the love affair with the roads around the barossa, and what a ride to start back on, no wind, no rain and a bit of sunshine.. as we set off i looked down to realise my bottles were still in the fridge at home, good start.. not.. (too busy telling the kids to get back to sleep), was happy to see the bakery open in lyndoch so I could buy a few bottles for the rest of the journey.. absolutly loved this route, thou I did turn fifty shades of grey tackling gomersal in reverse, maybe all three volumes of grey infact, but I would do it all again and look forward to our next rendevous..
I wouldn't worry Corey, yours truly managed to forget his cleats! I was supposed to be looking after the L ride today. Rookie mistake.I managed to get around in my trainers with surprisingly few problems!
This is the goal I have set myself for the upcoming year. I was lucky enough to win a spot on this event.
There were 450 places are available via a ballet, but I was lucky enough to gain spot via an 'Early Bird' entry. The 'Early Bird' sold out in just 15 seconds !
I am planing to ride with a friend from the UK, but he has wait to see if his name is pulled out of the ballet next month.
I am not sure if I am more nervous or excited, as it's going to take so much training and I just don't know if I will be able to ride at race speed 175km, 3 days running, but to be able to rub shoulders with ex- Tour de France winners and Olympic Gold Champions will certainly spur me on.
I've got to say I'm Grey Everywhere and I'm sure there is more than 50 shades. This was again proven to me today, but the Pleasure was arousing, the Pain thrilling and the Speed long and Slow, actually reasonably fast, but that's normal is it not??. What more can I say a normal Wheelers ride.
well, i've been in a good mood all day - my first decent ride since (and with) the injury. Almost 3 months after shredding the cartilege behind my kneecap, I decided I was fed up with riding like a granny so I just went for it today .. and had an awesome ride (but was very tired at the end). Before dawdling home afterwards, my av.speed for the GW route was 32.5kph. Very happy - although it's amazing how much cycling-specific fitness you can lose during a layoff, no matter what you do to keep fit in the meantime.
In summary - long, hard, and very satisfying.
Well done Andrew! I saw that speed on the Bryton site last night. Amazing effort considering . . . .
Nice work Andrew. How is that knee of your feeling this morning ?
feeling pretty good today. I think I've made a breakthrough! Next Sunday will be 3 months since the PE horror ride.
Good news to read Andrew. and that average is wow !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!