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*** TODAY's PHOTO GALLERY BELOW ***
After the wettest week in over 10 years the rain was definitely gone this morning!!
Whilst there was no rain it was a cold 5 degrees that greeted the 26 riders this morning who arrived for the Gawler Wheelers ride. However, I think that everyone was just glad that that they were finally able to ride without getting wet!
It was great to have two newbies along; welcome to Ray and Troy. Ray normally rides with the PALS Group at Mawson Lakes however as the number of riders there are low at this time of the year he has defected to the Gawler Wheelers….BRAVO RAY!
11 of the group rode the Beginner’s Hill route this morning. An enjoyable ride down the SOB, onto Curtis Rd, up Yorketown Road, into One Tree Hill and back to Gawler. The major talking point on this ride was about Peter who was riding a MTB due to his road bike being out of action (crack in the carbon frame.) Peter’s son Mitchell was on the ride on a road bike and he took great pleasure watching his Dad suffer on the MTB!
The other 15 riders rode the HILLs route. A little more eventful with Carmen clipping Gundi’s wheel on Main North Road and both riders coming off their bikes. No injury’s though and they were soon on the road again. Williams Road was the major challenge on this route with a serious incline to deal with. All Juz could remember about it though was the nude Statue of David in someone’s front yard! Not sure why that would capture her attention?? The group rode tightly together and consensus was that it was a great route and ride…apart form the cold!
Today’s routes were both less than 50kms. The Beginners group were back home before 10.00 followed by the Hills group 10 minutes later.
Back at Jaspers the dark clouds had gone and it had turned into a bright bright sun-shiny day! Over coffee Keith told us about his carbon frame also having a crack in it and would need replacing! What is it with the carbon frames!! We were also joined by Mark who dropped by to see his Dad…Gary Mills from Star Cycles. Now Gary, we hear that it was your birthday today!! Happy Birthday mate….you kept that very quiet!
NEXT WEEK: We willl be holding one group ride through the Barossa Valley and up to the Warren reservoir. Details will be posted on AC Events and YOU are most welcome to join us.
Thanks to all who rode today with the GWs….two great mid-winter rides!
“I can see clearly now, the rain has gone”
TODAY'S PHOTO GALLERY:
7.00am: Guess who this is↓
Newbie Troy arrive for his first GW ride↓
Michael doing acrobatics on his bike↓
Newbie Ray joined us for his 1st ride with the Gawler Wheelers↓
Nick signing up for the hills ride↓
Juz usually spends the first hour brushing her hair!↓
John didn’t ride today but came along to wave us off! That’s birthday boy Gary on the left....wish him a happy 61st birthday EVERYONE!!↓
Gundi, immacutely dressed as usual↓
Troy, Mitchell and Peter on the SOB↓
Barry (L) and birthday boy Gary↓
Peter on the Mountain Bike…ouch!↓
Terry at the top of Yorketown Road↓
…closely followed by Mick↓
HILLS riders arrive back a Jaspers↓
Peter all happy after the HILLs ride↓
Peter and Keith, in view of your carbon frame issues thought we should see how they are made.↓
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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Similar build hey Michael? :)
Thanks for all the birthday wishes and hope John had a great day for his special day. Happy Birthday John. Should try and see if we are related somewhere back in the dark ages, you never know.
Really enjoyed Saturday's ride after being off the bike for most of the past six weeks, except for the part where Terry rocketed past me up the short sharp climb on the Scenic Rd. But did really enjoy catching him and not seeing him again til the regroup at Kentish Rd. :) Only because I had a great wheel to sit on along the way though. Thank you!.
@Gary... gotta love you mate.. CHEATER !!!!!!!!.. oh and I took it relatively easy Sat due I knew what was coming the next morning with the GG group... The look on your face checking out my crank and seeing I was still using my larger crank..PRICELESS :) Hmmm me think there be a challenge put down in the near future..
Thanks for the carbon fibre info, amazing how thin it all is, the science says its strong, my mind takes a bit longer - that said I love my carbon frame bike. Always enjoy reading your ride reports
Route 27 is a great fast ride with a bit of hill in it ,, I loved it !!
One of my highlights was doing 79 Kph down Kentish , in a tight pack of 4 riders tucked in behind Dale "The Cannonball"
@Michael...Bit of a hill in it ? what the ? did you lot do the easier course then compared to the Yorktown Rd route ? lmao... 79k is purrrddyyyyyy quick Michael. lucky no roo jumped out onto the road lol..
Yeh fair call ,, Williams Rd is bloody steep but fairly short ..
I must admit riding down it today on the Gully Grinders ride was more enjoyable than climbing it.
Welcome to Troy & Ray - hope you both enjoyed your rides.
Happy Birthday Gary (and John).
I wasn't sure which route to ride this time and at the ride briefing something made me sign on for the hills ride (silly sod!). Off we went and Paul and I were soon left behind in the others' dust so we decided to travel at our own pace and aimed to make the finish in one piece. We did see the others again at the various regroup spots, but they soon vanished into the distance once more. Through Salisbury we went within a couple of hundred metres of home - damn, I could have got out of bed an hour later and joined in as the group went by.........then we hit the hill - my GPS was showing 14% up Williams Rd (briefly spiked at 15%) until it flattened off to about 9%! It was a noisy regroup in One Tree Hill (it's called a thunderbox for a reason!). The descent back to Gawler was a blast, as usual, but I couldn't see too clearly on Kentish Rd because my right eye started streaming with water half way down the hill for no apparent reason, which made things "interesting". All in all, a good morning with some hard pedalling - love it!
Happy Birthday Guys.
Glad the rain stayed away, I could see nothing but Blue Skys.
Really enjoyed the ride and was a pretty cracking pace on the flat. I was marvelling at the view from Williams Rd as i crawled up it, coughing up lungs, i kept looking back to see if there was anyone behind me!! Next time Williams Rd will be that little bit easier to climb.
thanks to Juz and Grant for having a chat as we were riding along different parts of the route- makes the ride a bit easier.
See you on Wednesday night for the RPM class. (we really appreciate all the different bike things (Track/RPM) that get organised by the GWers).
Another good turn out on what may have been a rainy morning. More riders doing the hills route has shown how much people have developed over the last 12 months. May come a time soon that everyone will be doing the hills route. Nice quick loop by both groups meaning back nice and early to sit and have a chat with everyone.
Happy birthday to Gary and John, may be some GW fines for not bringing the cakes out.
See those of you doing the RPM on Wed night, otherwise until Saturday, stay dry.