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*** TODAY's PHOTO GALLERY BELOW ***
Juz was spot on the money. It was a very cold start to the Gawler Wheelers ride this morning. However we knew that it was going to be a fine day and we had an excellent turn-out of 33 riders.
Four newbies joined us today. They included well known AC member Dahondude, and Greg, both very experienced riders. John and Scott also joined us for their ever first group ride and we are sure they learned a lot from the experience. Welcome to all of the newbies, we look forward to seeing you on future rides and also to your comments about today’s GW adventure!
Michael, one of the GW regulars, celebrated his 45th birthday today…HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHAEL!! Actually he nearly missed the start of the ride and we look forward to his full explanation as to why this was so…..(or should we ask his wife Cheryl???). It was also great to have GW regular “JB” back with us after a month off the bike due to illness. Welcome back JB…..and you better tell us about that bike you were riding today!! He purchased it off eBay for $370 and he was still towards the front of the pack for most of the ride.
We always love riding GW Route04 and today was no exception. The cheeky first 20km leg always is a mental game due to its length, never ending incline and the headwind which seems to always be there. What we love though is that we know that once we get to Freeling the hardest part of the ride is all over red rover!
By the time we got to Freeling the sun was out and we enjoyed a very sociable regroup stop whilst we waited for all of the riders. The real fun started on the leg to Wasleys. It had warmed up and the wind was in our favour resulting in a super-fast leg with speeds well over 35kph. The final leg back to Gawler was similar and it will be interesting to hear from the riders re individual total ave speeds for the ride.
Back at Jaspers it was a hive of activity as everyone discussed the ride. We were also very busy distributing the newly arrived GW Bibnicks and Knicks. It was really nice to see many non-riders drop in to Jaspers to say hi ...(John you had better tell us about your trip)
We saw a prime example today of what makes the Gawler Wheelers such a special group (in our view). Scott, being new to group riding, wore his jeans today for the ride. One of the group suggested that we all toss in a gold coin and give Scott a free Bibnicks…which we did in no time. Well done all and thanks to Greg for organizing it.
ANOTHER BRILLIANT AND MOST ENJOYABLE GW RIDE!! WE SHOULD PUT A RING ON IT!! More details will be posted on today’s ride over the next few days by those who participated so keep checking back to this report for the real juicy stuff!
NEXT WEEK: We will be holding two concurrent rides ….a HILLS ride and a FLAT ride. Details will be posted on AC Events soon and YOU are welcome to join in the fun.
BIRTHDAY BOY MICHAEL: Mate at significant expense we arranged for BEYONCE to send you a birthday greeting…you will see that later. In exchange we had to promise that we would give one of her biggest selling singles a plug on AC. This single has gone quadruple platinum having sold over 4 million copies, and the video has been viewed more that 186 million times world-wide. I am a huge fan…she is such a fabulous singer, dancer and live performer. ENJOY!
“SINGLE LADIES ...(IF YOU LIKE IT PUT A RING ON IT)
“I got gloss on my lips, a man on my hips”
TODAYS PHOTO GALLERY FOLLOWS:
Dahondude ready for his first GW ride↓
Other riders waste no time in making him feel welcome↓
Newbie John getting organised for his first ever group ride↓
Juz checking newbie Scott out. Scott wondering who in the hell the guy is taking photos!↓
"Oh …it’s you Frank…that’s ok then..I am not messing with THE FAMILY"↓
Newbie Greg…..welcome to the Gawler Wheelers!↓
Very nice outfit too John!!↓
JB back after a 4 week absence↓
Wilson (L) explaining the aerodynamic qualities and the increased speed benefits that all riders will experience from the new style wind vests we are about to order.↓
Paul and others entering Kapunda Road↓
Newbie Scott doing really well (with Mark)↓
Juz is always picking flowers!↓
We love Freeling….Australiana to the max↓
Colin blew a tyre just after the start and had to go back home to fix it. He still beat other riders to Freeling. How did you do that Colin (can you please get Lisa to answer?)↓
Basking in the sun at Freeling↓
The bike JB rode today. Paid $370 for it off eBay. Can some one explain the “CIOMBOLA” piece please?↓
Carl cruising into Freeling↓
Arriving at Wasleys↓
The closest thing Wasleys has to a Cibo’s↓
Dahondude….”only real men drink the strong stuff!”↓
Juz…”where I go the flowers go”↓
New team kit….the Gawler Wheelers Distribution Centre↓
Yep…Scott was really stoked to get his free Bibnicks. Our pleasure mate.↓
MICHAEL: A birthday message just for you from BEYONCE↓
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.
Next Gawler Wheelers Event Details (check the following links) :
Ciombola - Aussie built frame by Wayne Roberts - father of Luke Roberts the pro-cyclist.
Thank you Mr. Mapei...appreciate your prompt response
The Free Bibs for Scott. What a fabulous idea and gesture well done Ladies and Gentlemen of the GW.
Hi everyone. Ride details for next week's Gawler Wheelers Group Rides have now been posted on AC Events. Links below.
We will be holding two concurrent rides that will satisfy all cyclists wants and needs.
1. HILLS RIDE...for those so inclined (no pun intended!)
2. FLAT RIDE...for those who just want a lovely ride & do not want to exert themselves too much
Both will start at the same time and meet back at Jaspers at approx the same time for the usual laughter, frivolity and whatever else takes your fancy. (We don't tell!!) YOU are weclome to attend either event. If you have not been on a Gawler Wheelers event previously do not let that deter you...just rock up by 7.10am...and we will do the rest. (We have newbies most weeks).
Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday the 14th of July.
Another great ride, perfect weather for it. Pity the puncture fairy was out and about.
1st puncture 2k's from home, a nice filament of cord wire from a shredded steel belted radial – and I was already running late. 28km's in 30 mins is just not possible, so I returned home and took the car. Arrived at Jaspers just in time to hear Wilson's ride brief.
Then Colin's spectacular blowout occurred within 500 meters of the start.
The ride out to Freeling was great, had a chat to Scott and admired his all original 80's Malvern Star.
2nd puncture became evident 5 meters out of Freeling, a shard of glass. Quick tube replacement and were on our way.
3rd puncture 300 metres later, I obviously didn't get all the glass out. Thanks to Carl for a spare tube, but alas I snapped the valve tube off as I was topping off the pressure. So again thanks to Carl for a 2nd tube and thanks to Terry for the CO2. A few cautious kms and we were on our way to Wasleys .
Halfway back to Gawler we caught up with Scott who had a nice slice on his tyre. We stopped for a chat while he was waiting for a pickup.
Anyone else visited by the puncture fairy today?
It’s great to have such a supportive group to ride with. I always look forward to Saturday mornings.
Hi everyone. I usually write a detailed story in the ride report about the ride, mentioning the fun and heroics that occurred. Today, there will be none of this however, as I have some slightly disturbing news to report in relation to Terry.
I received several SMS messages from Terry at approximately 3 pm. He seemed distressed. As his Mum was in hospital after having a hip replacement I thought that it may be in relation to her. He asked me to come over to his house (Approx 1 km from my house.) and mentioned that he may need me to transport him to hospital.
On arrival at Terry's house he mentioned that his heart rate was incredibly high (180 bpm) and he was struggling to talk. I told him to get in my car and I immediately transported him to the Lyle McEwan Hospital, where he was immediately admitted.
The Doctors immediately hooked him up to a heart monitoring machine, which displayed that his resting heart rate was still hovering around 160 bpm.
The doctors were still running tests after I left (after having called Terry's wife Chris, who left work immediately.), however they informed Terry and I (before Chris arrived) that he was displaying symptoms of having suffered a heart attack. He was given a number of medications to attempt to lower his heart rate, and was informed that he would need to remain in hospital for at least another 8 hours to have tests run.
I will post up more info as it comes to hand...
CRIKEY, i hope Terry is ok! the staff in LMH coronary care unit are first class , they will definitely make sure of it. i too spent a week in the ccu when my blood pressure was 210 over 120, get well soon Terry!
I was impressed with the speed the LMH staff dealt with him and they also allowed me to enter emergency with Terry while the diagnosis and treatment commenced.
Top marks to them!
Frank is out at a dinner tonight and has just heard about Terry's problem. He is unable to get to a computer himself. He just gave me a ring to pass on this message;
Frank has recently rung up the hospital to see how Terry was coping. Thankfully he was well enough to talk to Frank. Apparently he is in pretty good spirits despite his plight. Terry said that he has had a couple of these 'turns' before and has come through OK. It looks like he will be staying in over night to be kept under observation.
Thanks Frank for letting us know the latest. Hopefully he is on the mend now. At least he is in a very safe place if anything else happens unexpectedly! We are all thinking of you tonight mate.
I have just been given another update from one of Terry's workmates.
It appears that he is responding to the medication that he has been given to lower his heart rate. Apparently his resting heart rate has now dropped to 120bpm.
Although I don't think he is out of the woods yet, looks like he might have dodged a bullet so to speak.