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We dedicated today’s GW ride to Queen Elizabeth in honour of her Diamond Jubilee, and Birthday.
A zero degree temperature greeted the 47 ride starters and many wished that they had the fur on that the Queen is wearing in the photo!
It was by far the coldest morning that we have experienced on our rides and it took a good hour before the rising temp provided some relief.
Our 87km ride today took us up the undulating Gomersal Road, through Tanunda, Nuriootpa, Angaston and Lyndoch. It was a bit of a stop/start affair and took us longer than usual due to factors such as:
Notwithstanding the above it was a nice leisurely ride and everyone was in a “long weekend” relaxed mood. We had plenty of time to chat at the stops which is important to us as the social aspect of our rides is what we value the most. We also had the pleasure today of welcoming GW newbies James and Shane.
In addition to celebrating the Queen’s birthday we also celebrated the birthday of Terry, a GW regular. Terry’s partner, Christene, was waiting for us at Jaspers with a superb birthday cake which was decorated with a photo of Terry’s bike. Happy birthday Terry!
NEXT WEEK: We will be holding one FLAT 60km ride via the Stuart O’Grady Bikeway. Details will be posted on AC Events soon and YOU are very welcome to come along.
Before we move to today’s ride photo’s we leave you with the QUEEN song, “Bicycle Race”, and a Flash Mob putting on a live unexpected performance at the Brussels Central Station:
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The weather at 6.00am….and it did not get much warmer!!↓
7.15am..still zero…..Chris trying to warm his ears!↓
I think Sue ended up riding with those boots to keep warm!↓
Newbies Shane (L) and James….nice to meet you guys!↓
Huey on Kapunda Road↓
Helmet View on Kapunda Road↓
Craig and Others on Roseworthy Road↓
More riders rolling down Roseworthy Road↓
Newbie Shane doing it easy on his first GW ride↓
Magic views on this route↓
Guys having a chat on Gomersal Road↓
Brett dressed for the cold weather↓
..and so was Colin!↓
Tanunda. Can’t tell who this is!!↓
Regroup at Tanunda↓
Frank’s new bike↓
Angaston Bike Path↓
Cruising to the end of the Angaston Bike Path↓
Back at Tanunda now…where is Wilson they cried!↓
We always stop at the lovely Lyndoch↓
Terry’s birthday cake, decorated with a photo of his bike↓
Christene and Terry putting the candles on the cake↓
Everyone saying “Happy Birthday Terry!”↓
Hmmm….Warren dressed as a “queen”. Others can comment!!↓
Cheers! Gawler Wheelers rode today where the Queen visited in 2002.↓
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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I'm glad you went there Pete! I was going to ask why there were no dinosaurs roaming around in the background... Thought that might get me into trouble though. :-D
Good observation Juz re the girlfiend! The fact is I have riden this route 3 times and each time I have asked her for her phone number....she just looks at me and says nothing! Well I can take a hint....her loss!
I don't often talk about my personal life, but Juz you should know that I have now moved on to the lady below....will keep you informed re how I go.
NEXT WEEKS RIDE DETAILS HAVE NOW BEEN POSTED. EVENT LINK BELOW.
This is an absolue FLAT ride....no ascents at all. Will suit beginners. Will suit those who want to try a group ride for the first time. Hardly any traffic and most of the irde is on the Bike Path. Will also suit experienced riders who want a fast paced ride. 60 kms so will be back at Jaspers between 10.00 and 10.30 (promise).
Missing my GW rides and gatherings... still not well enough to go out let alone ride. But I will be back!
Very eventful day starting with the chill in the morning, the punctures, the hills and did I mention the chill.. after about 15km of trying to warm the legs up, I thought it was the best route I have ridden with scenery fit for a queen.. I have never ridden that far so am pleased to have finished and look forward to doing it again and one day even topping the 100km mark.. definatly going to be getting something to keep the toes warm, but did discover that the freezer gloves from work do a top job on the fingers..
Great ride today on a great route with a great group of cyclists...Thank You!.
I notice that the official minimum temp at Roseworthy was -0.9 at 7:07am, now I know why my fingers were frozen!
The route through the Barossa is a great ride - Frank, you say you have ridden it 3 times but still you get lost on it (was that a left off South Tce onto the Crescent) maybe you were too busy playing with your DI2 to see the turn off!
The other good thing about today was that I finally picked up my GW Jersey - now I feel part of the team.
Thanks also to Mark for the ride back up Main North Rd - you dragged me most of the way home.
Final stats for the day was 153 km @ 28.5 km/hr, average temp for the ride was probably about 6 degrees!
Good ride today - and a right royal freeze to begin with or a touch of English weather.
Todays ride ???? fantastic... myself = Totally and utterly knackered... will report more on the ride when my fingers stop tingling LMAO...
Well I am having a real Queeny night tonight! Spent 10 minutes rummaging through all the free to air channels on the tele - nothing. Another 10 minutes flicking through my favourite Fox channels - still nothing worth watching. Just about to give up and Jenny says - try the ALL CHANNELS search. Huh? What's that? OK - struck gold instantly. Some channel called STUDIO had one of my favourite groups - QUEEN. All night! Still watching and listening. Queen at Wembley, Queen the Magic Years, Queen this and Queen that, . . . . I finally took a break to read the ride report and found your video Frank. Fantastic! I think we are all impressed with your video/photo search skills. And you have done it again. First time I have seen a Flash Mob. They did a great singing/ dancing routine. And what amazing riding skills. Not to mention the crowd reaction.
And I really enjoyed myself out there today. Had a nice chat with Shane and James at Tanunda. Was teased by Carl as my naked arms turned to popsicle sticks on the way out to Gomersal road. He just kept talking about ice cream and ice blocks. And all I could do was counter this psychological warfare by mumbling "hot meat pies and mugs of hot chocolate". I think it worked because for the rest of the ride I was dripping with sweat - as usual! Was well and truly dehydrated by the time we reached Lyndoch. Went for a wee and produced almost nothing! Time for a drink!
As far as my ride went, I had a ball. Pushed pretty hard along Gomersal, but then relaxed from Tanunda to Angaston to take in the ambience and the views. Also enjoyed a short chat with Barry in the back streets of Angaston, reminiscing on the 'royalty' of SANFL football back in the sixties. My eyes lit up when he mentioned Bob Shearman. I was priveldged to witness Shearman send a drop kick clean across Adelaide Oval, not more than 6 feet above the ground, when I was about ten years old. Barry said he had seen him do it many times!
Then I pushed the little ticker along again from Angaston back to Gawler. Knocked up my third ton ( 112km ). A modest distance and average speed compared to Don's impressive figures; a 25 point something result for the first 100km from home, to Gawler, and around the route. And then a little faster with a 27.5 for the last 12km back to Elizabeth East.
But it felt good for most of the ride, unlike poor Terry who was obviously struggling on the undulations on the way home. Not good on your birthday Terry. Hope the rest of the weekend works out better for you! But well done to both yourself and Lee for bettering your previous longest rides with the GW.
Also marvelled at how Wilson went flying past not far out of Tanunda, as he sped back to the front of the pack to lead us home after our mighty crusade. A bit later I noticed how he had stopped to help with puncture repairs just out of Lyndoch. All this after doing route marshall duties in Angaston, and then herding Lee around the 'off route' by-ways between the vineyards. I hear that he had to try hard to catch up to him. I was told that Lee is very fast when let loose from the top of a hill! Great work Wilson.
A bit later I came across Frank gently shepherding Lee towards Sandy Creek. "You go on John" he said, "I've just got to help Lee home". We mere mortals just chugged along through the beautiful Barossa, while Wilson, Frank and Mick flew around trying to keep us all together, helped repair our bikes, and helped us complete the journey!
Thanks for all your efforts today. We are forever your loyal and grateful subjects!
Little did I know when I started out on my longest GW ride that a few unexpected events would occur, which will leave me once more with fond memories for many years to come of Gawler Wheelers group rides.
As we rolled out of Jaspers the temp readout on my Bryton was showing 0 degrees. As we rode a little up the road I saw it drop to minus 1! Never, in all my wildest dreams would I have thought that I would be riding a pushbike on a chilly Saturday morning in sub zero temps.
I set myself a goal of just being able to finish the ride. As TEC Mick and I approached the last hill on Gomersal Rd I was feeling pretty normal, rather than absolutely exhausted. When Mick confirmed that it was the last hill I started to feel as though the ride would not be that hard to complete... How wrong could I have been?
As we left Anguston I slowly but surely saw the group disappear. There were a few times when I thought, where am I!?! as I was riding alone, but before long Wilson caught up to me, after attempting to find Paul and Mick after Paul had been visited by the puncture fairly... Suddenly my sense of feeling lost and lonely disappeared as Wilson assumed the position of TEC and gave me directions. Then it happened! Something that I never thought possible.
As we approached one of the turnoffs towards Bethany, I asked Wilson if this was the turnoff that we needed to take. He replied "no", so I changed up into top gear and started to accelerate as we descended the hill. I slowed as we got to the next intersection as I wasn't sure where we were going only to hear Wilson asking me to slow down and do a U turn as we had gone the wrong way. Wilson told me he thought that he wouldn't be able to catch me as I had pulled a lead on him on the descent (gaining momentum down the hill due to my greater mass over Wilson) and we were traveling too fast for even a machine like Wilson to catch me.
Due to taking the "extended" route I didn't get to rest as we got close to Tanunda, which meant that I had to ride back to Lyndoch without resting my tired legs. Wilson rode past me and told me that Frank would assume TEC duties and sped off into the distance. By this time my legs were well and truly burning. I didn't think that I would make the ascent of the last hill out of Rowland Flat and briefly thought about getting off and walking, but I was spurred on by seeing some of the other riders ahead.
I was glad to see the rest stop at Lyndoch and was glad to get off the bike and have a walk around. I walked over to where Wilson was standing to hear him describing our exploits on the "extended route" and how I had left him for dead. The look on his face was priceless! He turned to me in disbelief and said "You are a machine down hills." I sort of chuckled to myself and thought that this would be the first and last time that I would ever hear Wilson explaining to someone that I had accelerated away from him.
As we rolled out of Lyndoch my legs were very sore and I was struggling for motivation. Frank stayed with me and helped me get back. It was actually really nice to ride with Frank and Wilson during the course of the ride, with their constant encouragement helping me go on.
As I arrived back at Jaspers I was glad to get off the bike and have a rest. I briefly spoke to Terry before his wife, Chris came over and spoke to us. I had been keeping a secret from Terry all morning, knowing that Chris would be at Jaspers when we arrived with a birthday cake for Terry.-Chris had informed me the night before of her plans, and I am not very good at keeping secrets, so it took a lot of effort to keep quiet! ;)
As I sat at Jaspers eating my trademark quiche, followed by some of Terry's fabulous birthday cake, I realized that I had just completed my longest GW ride, which almost seemed surreal with all of the celebrations going on. I was right, royally stuffed, but happy to have completed the ride.
I would like to thank TEC's Mick, Frank and Wilson for their support.
The day ended with me discussing Frank's new bike with Wilson and Frank. I think Shimano are on a good thing with their Di2 system (as seen on Frank's new bike) and it will be the way of the future.
Once again, it was an epic and fantastic ride, which will live on in my memory as being one of the best for many years to come.