No. of Riders : 57
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*** TODAY's PHOTO GALLERY BELOW ***
We thought the Xmas Pageant might keep the numbers down, however 57 riders turned up for the Gawler Wheelers rides today. They included first time GW riders Bec, Kara, David, Robert, Paul and Gundi….welcome all to the GW family.
This week we tried something a little different. We had two HILLs groups riding the Menglers Hill route. There was the fast HILLs group who took off, never to be seen again until we got back to Jaspers!
We also had a “slow” HILLs group to enable those who have never attempted Menglers to do so at a less intimidating speed. GW Guru Wilson Devo did a fantastic job leading this group and under his leadership many can now say “Menglers…been there …done that”.
The UNDULATING group of 34 also rode the same route except they did not ride the Menglers leg. For many in this group it was the first time on Gomersal Road and it is quite a “hilly” road. We heard many say “I am so happy that I did not have to get off the bike on Gomersal”.
For all groups it was a fairly tough morning. Hills a plenty, then it warmed up quickly and we had hot head-winds for the first 30kms. The ride tested many. We had punctures, we had people getting ill, it was a bit stop-start and no doubt we had people thinking “why am I doing this?”
However when everyone got back to Jaspers the pain was all forgotten. The comments were all about the achievements ...along the lines of “WOW…that was a fantastic ride for me… didn’t think I could do that!” Challenging and character building is probably the best way to describe the morning.
The Gawler Wheelers comradeship was best illustrated today by Ann, who is 61 years old. At 11.15am she said “I have to go and get lunch ready for my husband.” At 1.15pm she was still at Jaspers chatting to us!!!
NEXT WEEK: We will be holding two rides. One is a HILLS ride that will include the infamous Checkers Hill. The other is an easier, gentle UNDULATING ride to Freeling & Wasleys. YOU…are invited to attend...all are welcome. Details will be posted tomorrow on AC Events. ***Today’s photo gallery follows:
Bec arrives for her first ride with the Gawler Wheelers↓
GW stickers everywhere (Ann's car)↓
Kara, Bec and Kevin having a nice chat before the ride↓
Riders of all ages on the GW ride: Ann, Vicki and daughter Tasma↓
Mark (Spartacus) can't resist giving welcome hugs to all of the girls↓
Gundi getting ready for his first GW ride↓
Matt saying "lot's of good looking girls here today Frank!!"↓
Chewie with Kara, Bec and Gillian...all came from metro land to ride↓
Lorraine, David and Paul pre-ride↓
The big crowd assembled for Wilson's ride safety brief↓
Liz, laughing now...but she hasn't seen Gomersal Road yet!↓
Regroup at the top of Gomersal Road↓
Lorraine, what shade of lippy is that....very nice!↓
Some stretching before tackling Gomersal Road....good move.↓
Carmen and Fabian....part of the younger brigade on todays ride↓
Lee will post later about his hydration system↓
David experiencing his first broken spoke on a ride↓
Daniel what were your stirring the guys up about?↓
Geoff giving advice on how to order online without the wife knowing↓
Lynette with 3 month old Lawson join in the fun with us at Lyndoch↓
Fast Hills group...got back home first and enjoying it!↓
Pete using all methods to cool down post ride↓
Newbies Robert, Kara and Bec give GW a 10/10 review result!↓
61 year old Ann ..won't worry about the husband...too much fun here↓
Liz chatting with Kat....and Fabian just hanging around.↓
Reidy gives the morning a big thumbs up...with Juz↓
Wilson brings home last rider and newbie Gundi↓
Mark's family meet him post ride. Kirste with kids Ethan, Mitch and Kate↓
Yes..some people did miss the ride due to the xmas pageant eg↓
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. Cheers for now...Frank.
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You are most welcome Barry. I lost count of how many times I fell off the back when I first started group rides late last year and had nobody look back. Somebody usually twigged at the first regroup point, by which time I was so stuffed that finding a wheel was impossible and I reverted to individual time trial mode with a map of the intended course. That helped my progress remarkably but it's a bleedin' awful feeling that I don't wish on anyone.
When I returned to cycling this year I thought I'd try GW and Cancer Voices group rides. A big thank you to both groups for getting me back into cycling :-)
Just a suggestion, as we have so many GOOD, FAST riders now !!!. Perhaps a few could take the lead duties from Wilson and Frank every now and then to allow them to ride up and down the lines to chat to the new and OLD riders !!!. We are well served with TEC'S ( an easier job I know !!), but good time for some RL's (rideleaders) to get some experience, possibly ?
PS. RL'S may be be able to tell anyone off who dare pass them ? LOL -:)