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On the last day of the financial year I found today’s GW ride quite taxing, mainly because I went to Gaucho’s for a birthday celebration last night and helped demolish 6 bottles of very nice red!
Later we have a message for you from the Tax Office, and we will also alert you to a possible new tax….the FART TAX.
On Wednesday night the Gawler Wheelers held a RPM night that was attended by 22 GW members. The session was put on for us by the Starplex Fitness Centre and for many it was the first time they had tried RPM. It was something different for us and it was a smash hit with several of those attending subsequently signing up for more RPM sessions. Thank you to Wilson Devo for organising it and to Starplex for putting on this free session just for the Gawler Wheelers.
Today 32 riders turned up for our group ride; an excellent turn-out considering the time of the year. Last year this time we were only getting 5-10 on our rides! GW regular Carmen brought along his brother Tom for his first GW ride. Welcome to the GW's Tom and nice riding today!! It was also nice to see Andrew back after a 7 week break recovering from a knee injury. He was one of the first to arrive…just itching to get back on the road.
The other big surprise today was Roger bringing along his daughter Ella for her first GW ride. Ella has recently been crowned South Australia’s best female triathlete of 2012! She is in the Australian national team and will shortly be heading off to NZ for the World Championships. Here is a recent press article about Ella.
It was wonderful meeting you Ella! Thanks for joining the Gawler Wheelers today and we wish you all the very best in NZ!
The weather was quite acceptable at the start of the ride, not too cold and no rain in sight. All sorts of bikes were being ridden including Mountain Bikes by Peter, Dale and Paul. The legs to Sandy Creek and Lyndoch saw some fast riding, and after a couple of regroups we got to Williamstown in no time. The rain started coming down as we headed off to the Warren Reservoir. However it was not too heavy and in fact it was quite enjoyable ..you know what I mean.
The rain continued all the way back to Sandy Creek, but then it just stopped, the sun came out and it was a fast dry ride back to Gawler. Just before Sandy Creek the TEC’s had a very close encounter with a large kangaroo and they will tell you more about that later. (More detail on the ride will also be posted by others.)
Back at Jaspers the sun was still shining. Everyone was chatting away over coffees and it was evident that those who came out to ride had enjoyed the experience. It was also lovely to see a few of the regulars who were unable to ride today pop in the say hi…..Peter, Warren and Dave.
Thank you to all those who attended the RPM session on Wednesday, and thanks also to all who rode with us today. It is YOU who make the GW experience what it is.
NEXT WEEK: We will be holding one fairly easy group ride to Wasleys. Details will be posted on AC Events soon and YOU…yes YOU… are more than welcome to attend.
Before we move on to the photo gallery THE BOSS would like to pass on some advice from the Tax Office. This is a fantastic 2006 live performance by Bruce with the Seeger Sessions Band. ENJOY!
“Pay me my money down
Pay me or go to jail”
PS: If I win the $30M X-Lotto this weekend I am buying everyone who replies to this ride report a brand new bike…just let me know what bike you want.
THIS WEEKS PHOTO GALLERY:
Young Matthew, Andrew, Colin and Doug waiting for the RPM session↓
Allie was our RPM Instructor↓
Juz…”where are the gears?”↓
Final adjustments and nearly ready to go↓
Love the tattoo Doug! What’s the story behind it?↓
Peter loved the RPM so much he signed up for 10 more sessions↓
Troy and Wilson ready for today’s ride↓
Our special guest Ella, ready for her first GW ride↓
Jordan ready to ride↓
After a hard night out my head was spinning this morning! See↓
Ella with her Dad (Roger)↓
Arriving at Sandy Creek↓
Stefan, great to see you back for a GW ride!↓
Newbie Tom gets a puncture and promptly delegates the task of fixing it to his younger brother Carmen↓
To prevent a family feud Keith steps in to lend a hand↓
Tom: “you are doing good little bro….hurry up!”↓
Sandy Creek Regroup↓
Arriving at Lyndoch↓
Nick, Ray and Juz at Williamstown↓
The awesome foursome: Paul, Alistair, Colin & Doug↓
Brothers Tom (L) and Carmen….all good again!!↓
Unfortunately Pete’s ride ended at Williamstown….I will let him tell you all about it! He's not happy↓
On the way to the Warren Reservoir. Frank: “My head is hurting…I am never going to catch them!”↓
Ray and his herb garden at Williamstown↓
Andrew, how is the knee after today’s ride mate?↓
Ella & Roger enjoying the post ride GW comradeship↓
Mitchell (L), his Dad Peter, Mum Kathy & & sister Lauren after the ride↓
Special thanks to today’s ride TECs ….Carl (L) and Paul….you did a great job guys looking out for everyone.↓
"Did he just fart?" Could be costly....see below↓
Forget about the Carbon Tax that kicks in this weekend. What we really need to worry about is the FART TAX. Here is how it might work if it comes in…(half way through the video).
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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Wednesday's RPM night was a fabulously fun time. I'd never tried RPM before and was actually quite nervous about it so I was very grateful for the opportunity to try it out with the GW crowd. I've now joined up with a gym a bit closer to home and did my first RPM class with them this morning. I sure as heck hope this translates to better riding from me in the coming weeks because my ride yesterday was abysmal.
Not really sure what happened yesterday. I had no breath on the Gawler-Sandy Creek stretch. I took some ventolin at Sandy Creek and felt light headed from Sandy Creek to Lyndoch. As we reached WIlliamstown, I finally felt like I had a little bit of life back in my legs, but I cooled down at Williamstown and felt like lead again up to the reservoir.
Best part of the ride for me was chatting to Andrew on the return from Yettie Rd to Gawler. I didn't have the opportunity to notice how foul my body felt and just the enjoyed conversation. (Good to see you back out there Andrew - how has the knee pulled up today?)
As I said to Keith though, as long as I'm out riding, I'm happy. I have never liked Winter, I've never exercised for a whole year before, and as long as I drag myself out and keep riding a bit, I'm doing much better than I've ever done before. Also, its kinda funky hanging out with the GWers - makes it much easier to get out there when you know the company is going to be as good as the riding. :-)
Juz, I thought you rode pretty well on Saturday? You went zoomong past me a couple of times!! By the way I did my second RPM session last night. Really enjoyed it......but man does Allie make you work hard. I was drenched at the end! I also ran into Andrew at the gym....he was going to do some swimming to help get the knee right. He will be staying off the bike until het gets it back to 100% which is a good move I think. He is very frustrated about not being on the ride...cann understand that. I might ask him to come out a few times and be our support crew, take the photos etc. What do you think Andrew???
yeah that sounds good Frank, I was also planning to keep in touch now and then by riding out to Jaspers from home (about 5kms each way) late on Saturday mornings to say hi.
Since I've been off the bike, I've built up to swimming 3-4km freestyle per day, and if I push pretty hard I can do a reasonable triathlon time. And although the injury almost certainly won't allow it right now, I'm going to try to get back to running as well (in early 2011 I was running 10kms in 40 minutes, before I fell completely in love with cycling).
I figure that by the time I get back on the bike, I'll be ready for triathlons! Yes I'm frustrated, but in the words of my late grandad - "there's always someone worse off!".
Not a bad turnout considering the conditions and the weather forecast. TEC duties sort of fell naturally on Paul and I - last week we'd been left behind in everybody else's dust-cloud, so why not be TEC ? We enjoyed the ride.......it was a truly beautiful morning but would have been even better if it was 5 degrees or so warmer. Lots of time to admire the surroundings having been left to our own devices a long way behind the others. The weather changed as we left Williamstown and a light rain began to fall, but not enough to dampen our spirits. The route had been amended slightly due to road works and it was around this deviation that things started to happen. We had been shepherding the tailenders and were quite a long way behind the main group so decided to short cut the Balmoral Rd-Davies Rd loop and head straight back to Sandy Creek. Little did we realise that there were some problems on that road - sorry guys, and thanks to Wilson for helping out. While we were on our short-cut Paul said "look at those kangaroos" and just off the road to our left were three roos hopping along - then one of them decided (as roos do) that going straight was boring and veered to the right and came across the road no more than a couple of metres in front of our small group ! Quite exciting and worrying at the same time. And cudos to the driver of the car passing us at the time.......he must have soiled himself ! Thereafter it was a fairly uneventful ride back to Gawler (apart from newbie Tom only just managing to unclip in time at an intersection and not quite falling on top of me!). All in all, not a very taxing morning for the TECs - but very enjoyable, as always. Vive Le Gawler Wheelers!
I have to agree Barry, reading the ride reports having missed another Saturday GW ride does rub it in.
I however was able to get out to Jaspers today with the Gully Grinders.
i really appreciated the constant 'how's your knee?' on Saturday, but unfortunately the post-ride verdict is not good ... the injury is very much still there. I was able to ride at 50% on Saturday, and at a similar pace over shorter distances earlier in the week, but that's not what I want to be doing. So I'm hanging up my bike once again and returning to the pool, where I have been able to continue to push my fitness. My eventual goal is to do some triathlons.
Perhaps I'll try to ride out to Jaspers late on Saturday mornings to keep up appearances and keep the cobwebs off my bike. And a little bit of riding is probably good for blood circulation to the injury. For those interested, I'm suffering (albeit minor) chondromalacia patellae, caused by kneecap maltracking and overuse and triggered by the 100kms from Strath->Gawler at the end of April that I (foolishly) did in a very big gear after 2 crashes. Hopefully, rest and physio will correct the problem eventually.
Look after your knees!!
In response to several emails received today I wish to advise, with great sadness, that I did not win the X-Lotto and as a result I am unable to buy you all a new bike. (I will try harder next time.)
Very disappointing Frank. All is forgiven, hope your luck changes in the future
I would make Frank TEC this week and make him really suffer, his fast new bike going slow.
Mick....fair go mate. FYI I seem to sufffer averytime I ride!
DId I see you racing down the Grove way on your new steed on Sunday afternoon Frank ? Or was that your look alike ?