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A VERY HAPPY AND SAFE EASTER TO ALL ADELAIDE CYCLISTS MEMBERS, GAWLER WHEELERS MEMBERS AND TO EVERYONE ELSE WHO SHARES OUR PASSION FOR CYCLING
We expected the numbers to be down in view of many people being away. However on a serene Easter Saturday morning, with no sign of yesterday’s wild winds, 46 riders arrived for today’s GW group ride.
They came from everywhere. Wattsy joined us again from the deep south, together with his father-in-law Gavin and mate Corey. Ben joined us fresh from his 600km Audax ride last weekend and he brought along his mate and newbie Brenton. But that’s not all! Other newbies included Ricky who rode all the way from Burnside, Jason from Felixtowe and Scott from Wingfield.
There was a lot of activity prior to ride with Michael unveiling and showing-off the new Gully Grinders jersey. Lee meanwhile arrived with his brand new bike after having his stolen a few weeks ago…he has been suffering from withdrawal symptoms big time and could hardly wait to hit the road! We also had to mention during the ride brief that for the first time we had three generations from the same family riding with us today…(see photo’s below).
We also announced that Gawler Wheelers will be holding another Track Night Event at the Super-Drome in a few weeks’ time. Details are being finalised so stay tuned to AC Events if you would like to come along as the numbers will be capped.
It was a great 60km ride this morning with the conditions being near perfect. For the hardened riders in the group this route can be a ‘walk in the park’. For most of us though it provided a great work-out, especially on the relentlessly undulating (read hills!) Gomersal Road. The leg from Tanunda to Lyndoch was an absolute joy after Gomersal Rd. Following the mandatory break at Lyndoch it was back on the bikes to tackle the short but very picturesque leg to Cockatoo Valley. Then it was the final leg that everyone had been waiting for….sprinting back to Gawler via the brilliant Balmoral Road…it can only be described as “cycling Heaven”!
Jaspers Café was closed today so post-ride we congregated at the nearby Sunrise Bakery for coffees, lattes, hot-cross buns and lot’s of conversation about the ride. (They put on extra staff just for us!). We also announced the winner of last week’s competition….check the photo’s below to see who won the book “It’s all about the bike”. To top it off our generous TEC Mick handed out lot’s of Easter Eggs to everyone….many thanks Mick.
NEXT WEEK: We will be holding two concurrent group rides with the first 30km being common to both. One will be approximately 60kms in length. The other brand new route will be our first GW ride over 100kms! Just take your pick! Details will be posted on AC Events soon. We love newbies on our rides so YOU are welcome to attend. Today’s photo gallery follows:
Ricky rode all the way from Burnside to join us↓
Wattsy's father-in-law Gavin (L) and mate Corey getting ready to ride↓
Michael prancing around with the new Gully Grinders jersey↓
Chris, we know that you think of your bike as "near human".. but mate it won't come down on it's own...you have to lift it off!↓
Lee had his bike stolen but all happy now with his brand new bike on it's virgin ride. A big thanks to Gary Mills from Star Cycles for letting Lee have the bike prior to payment.↓
Terry and John warming up pre-ride↓
Peter (L) and Shayne..all set...all ready to ride↓
The jersey looks good on Michael! (Who designed it?)↓
Ben (L), Audax man, rode 600kms last weekend... grinning and saying to Brenton that today's 60km ride will be just a tad easier!↓
Father and son.....Warren and Scott ↓
Roger (L) with Clive and Wattsy↓
Who was wearing these!!!!!↓
Three Generations. Mitchell with his Dad Peter and Grandad Trevor↓
Dean leads the pack on to Kapunda Road↓
Gavin doing it easy peasy on Kapunda Road↓
Roger and Co...loving the last decline on Gomersal Road↓
Paul introducing himself to Wattsy on Roseworthy Road↓
On Easter Saturday, Colin with his flock in the background↓
Keith and Chris having a jolly time at Tanunda↓
Gary at Lyndoch was really smelling the roses today↓
Matthew was starving and needed a pastie to keep riding↓
Craig (R) at Lyndoch with Pete, Michael and Dave discussing cleat types↓
Regroup at Cockatoo Valley... (where are the cockatoos???)↓
Caroline drawing the winner of last weeks competition↓
..and the winnner is David Hughes. Congrats David!!↓
Relaxing after the ride ↓
Thanks for the Easter Eggs Mick!↓
Finally, one of the beautiful cockatoos at Cockatoo Valley↓
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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At least your easy to spot in a group photo !!!
My pleasure Craig!!
First Ride and had a blast.. made to feel more than welcome, and met some really great people.. If anyone is thinking about it dont hesitate no matter how fit or unfit you may be cos no one is left behind.. look forward to more in the future, thanks wattsy for the invite..
Too easy Corey. Quite literally in your case. You made it look like you've been doing it for years!
not the best way to endear myself to the future father and brother in law, leaving you both behind.. I thought I was towing you along only to turn around and find you werent there..
I'm glad to see everyone had a blast again on Saturday. I did end up taking a bike away with me so, as has been the tradition lately on Saturday mornings, I trekked off at 7:30 am as well, heading South from Pt Vincent to Stansbury with my brother-in-law Gareth on my wheel. After a short break in Stansbury Gareth headed back to Pt Vincent and seeing it was such a nice morning for it, I left in the other direction for Pt Giles which is another 16 - 17 kms away. I eventually ending up the round trip of around 70 kms at an leisurely average of 30 kmph.
Got back around 10:00 am and in plenty of time for morning tea.
The 100 kms this coming Saturday sounds interesting. I have ridden most of those roads but not necessarily on the same day. Hope the traffic is kind out on the Main North Road Saturday.
So you couldn't resist taking the bike Dale!! Knew you would ! We missed you of course! Do any fishing??
No fishing Frank, the best morning for fishing was also the best morning for cycling. Bugger eh?