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The GW weekend started last night with about 35 riders and friends attending our second Track Night at the Super-Drome. It was another great night and you will hear lot’s about it from the replies to this post. We must mention AC member Chewie who rode all the way from Marion on his fixie to attend. Then there was Barry who rode his mate’s 50 year old fixie! The bike was older than Barry!
During the evening riders were able to ride solo to experience track cycling. Super-Drome guru Eddie then facilitated a Team Pursuit just to get the competitive juices flowing. The night concluded with the super-fast Flying 200! The times for all of the riders will be posted later but we can tell you that Tony Brennan, who we featured in last week’s ride report, had the fastest time at just a fraction over 13.5 seconds! It was a fantastic night at the Track and we will be holding another one in a couple of months. To attend join the GW Group on AC now as there will be a limit on numbers!
Today we dedicated our Saturday group ride to our Mum’s, and to all of the Mum’s out there. Hope you all have a wonderful Mother’s Day tomorrow. Tell us something special about your mum, and feel free to also post a photo of her!
40 riders turned up on a cold morning to ride the scheduled 42km Beginners Hill route. The first, wind assisted, leg was down the Stuart O’Grady Bikeway. We then hit suburbia and on Curtis Road we had to deal with the traffic, road works and debris covered bike lanes! Not to worry as we were soon weaving our way up the long Yorketown Road ascent. Following a regroup stop we then prepared to tackle Cornishman’s Road. It is a deceiving road because as you enter it you see this fantastic very long gentle tree-lined descent….a joy to ride that leg.
However the joy comes to an abrupt end at the bottom as you look up to the short but steep Cornishman’s Hill. Everyone made it up the ascent alive! From there it was a glorious 10km downhill ride back to Gawler. We were back at Jasper’s by 10.00 and we all marvelled at the progress that riders have made since we last rode this route. Well done everyone, another sensational Gawler Wheelers weekend! More detail will be in the post replies.
Before we move onto next week's rides we would like to share this video with all of the Mum’s (and Dad’s). It is called “Who’s your favourite?”….hope it makes you smile.
NEXT WEEK: In view of last night’s track night today’s ride was a quickie 42kms. Next week we revert to two concurrent longer FLAT rides over 76kms and 110kms. Both go through the town of Mallala and full details will be posted on AC Events soon. YOU are welcome to attend. Today’s photo gallery follows:
TRACK NIGHT (Apologies re quality. Usual GW photographer on strike)
Craig enjoying the Track Night↓
Team Pursuit >> The pace is on!↓
Who is that in the AC Jersey?↓
Mark > “Track cycling is easy peasy”↓
Is that Gary from AC Sponsor Star Cycles?↓
Keith and Carmen having a great time↓
SATURDAY GROUP RIDE
Were you having trouble with the pump Lee?↓
Richard showing Lee how to do it?↓
Who is the mysterious GW Groupie?↓
Keith had a major tube problem before the start. What happened?↓
Scott rode to the start all the way from Wingfield. Took him 10 minutes to thaw out the fingers!↓
Dale and Dave, with Lyndelle who bounced back today after her 104km epic ride last week.↓
John and Carl in serious discussion about…..?↓
Caroline and Chris. Love the head gear!↓
SOB is always a pleasant ride↓
SOB Regroup. GW propaganda everywhere!↓
Juz on Curtis Road↓
Lorraine and Crew on Adams Road↓
Note from yesterday….lot’s of 21st s for Lorraine today. YES...Black Caviar won again today and that makes it a world record 21 consecutive wins↓
Mum’s the word….but xxxx needs new shoes!↓
Top of Blacktop Road. Guess who the rider is.↓
Interested observer on Blacktop Road↓
Andrew & Richard. Cornishman’s Hill > TICK↓
…and Paul conquers it as well.↓
Love the scenery out that way↓
Craig, Craig and Craig! TRUE!↓
We ride to burn calories. After the ride we put them back on!↓
The guys stirred Nick (front) up today as he has been absent for a few weeks↓
PS >Nick was so glad to be back with the GWs today that after the ride he even sent me a tip! Oh gee Nick….thanks…we missed you too mate!↓
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 have heard weight lifters quieter when lifting heavy weights compared to you yesterday hahahahaha.. I thought to myself going up Yorktown and Cornish hmm some one is really going to die soon behind me !!!!!!!!! and low and behold it was you John BUT bugga me if you flew past me up Cornish up off the seat still huffin and puffin...Damn your strong John..Lucky you did go past because I almost stopped but seeing you in big time pain I thought hmmm thats enough to keep me going...Oh and by the way when I was bashing myself up Cornish was there also another rider who fell off their bike ? All I heard was a person changing gears and rather loudly but I could not turn around to see because I was thinking I might stop and that would be it for me. SO I am sorry if there was a rider that did fall behind..
Personally that ride although short is a bugga!!!!!!!!!!! BUT I am glad I completed the course with out any back problems..
Now Frank you wanted some comments about Mums? well ok.... Saw Mum today which is the first time she has had a Mothers day without her beloved Husband (dad) and to be honest the day was hard for both of us as happy memories of Dad came back to us...She is proud of how I am doing with this riding caper considering dad and Mum both were semi pros on the track many many years ago and thats how they met..At 17 years of age Dad gestured to Mum that if he won his next race then she would go out on a date with him... YEP HE WON that race so here I am today because of that particular race... SO here I am almost 60 years later doing what Mum and Dad loved doing. RIDING BIKES !!!!!!!!!!!.....I mentioned to Mum that next week ride included TWO routes...110k or a 76k ride.....I had a choice...Her comment ????? Ride the 110k.. your Father will be with you!!!!!!!... Am I ready for over 100k ride ?? I dont know BUT as I have mentioned to you John Mills there are two people on my bike when I ride...I'm never alone when I ride :)
That is a really touching story Terry! Sad that your Mum's in ill health at the moment, on top of your Dad's passing just recently. And yes, your Dad was singing along with you as you went past me just after the bottom of Kentish road. Love jousting with you two on these rides. We had a good battle up Yorktown Road. First I crawled past you huffing and puffing loudly. Then you put your foot down and overtook a short time later. Try as hard as I could I wasn't able to catch you before the rest stop at the top.
I think the only reason I beat you to the top of Cornishman's hill was the fact that you had not been on a bike for two weeks and could not do the 'dancin' on the pedals' thing for very long. I amazed myself by being able to stay out of the saddle for the whole climb. I knew that if I sat down I would not have the strength to turn the pedals. And yes, I thought I heard a fall not too far behind. Apparently a couple of riders fell. I too felt guilty about pushing on and not offering to help. Sorry fellas/girls, but I really wanted to beat that hill yesterday. Hope you were not too badly hurt!
Loved the neck and neck race with you down Kentish road Terry. Neither of us were happy with coasting, and despite the gradient we put in a high cadence rate to top up the pull of gravity. I think my extra 25kg helped me out in the end! And finally, you two took off as if it was a 400m sprint, from the traffic lights to Jaspers!
No doubt about it, your Dad still has that competitive spirit! So next week maybe you could have a little chat and get him to have a relaxing, cruisy sort of a ride instead. Otherwise we will both be very sore by the time we get back to Jaspers.
Loved the track night.. great atmosphere and fun. Missed not getting out there with my camera again, but I thought i'd join in the fun on track instead :D thanks for organising the event!
Good effort by barry after his crash to dust himself off, straighten out the bike and jump straight back on..
BTW: The person in the AC kit in the track photos is the lovely Miss V :)
Congratulations to Caroline, huge effort.
Good luck Barry hope the wood burn is ok.
Another great track night, disappointed with the slower flying 200 but wasn't alone on that.
It was a slow cold morning after the late track night. Arrived at Gawler to find a flat rear, on inspection found the end of the valve had blown out. Fitting a new tube before the ride was better than possibly having a blow out at 70k's on the Kentish decent. Personnaly felt a bit flat myself at the start but finally warmed up (must have been my Mum looking after me she's probably looking down saying what's that silly bugger doing out in the cold on a bike making a fool of himself trying to climb those hills, she was the best) and to top it off had personal best time's for Yorktown & Cornishmans. So to sum it up Friday & Saturday on the bike terrific with a great group meeting back at Jaspers, already looking forward to next week.
Prior to todays ride I got my mum to sign the consent form allowing me to join a cycling group for a ride along a flat SOB (need to tell mum what this really stands for) and then up some not so flat roads. Was fresh this morning until the sun and Cornishmans road came out to play.Most of the guys were suffering a bit from the track night, should have brought the fixies out today, that would have been more suffering for them.
Top effort to Caroline and Lee today for getting over their fear of heights, and the smile on GW1 face when we gave her an almighty cheer was priceless.
To all sons and daughters out there, hope you do something special for your Mum on her special day.
To all the Mother's (in a nice way) hope you enjoy your only day off for the year.
Happy Mothers Day for tomorrow.
The day I got my first bike, I told my Mum I wanted to go for a LONG bike ride.
She put her foot down: " It's too dangerous, Go for a short ride to the play ground"
... So I followed her advice and cycled to the play ground, where I smashed out my teeth on the climbing frame.
Love you Mum
Thanks Mick. @Caroline, you a dead set champion! More power to ya!
I had a great time riding the boards last night , and smashing that hill today .
It was a pleasure riding with you all , as usual ..
My mum ,Rosemary Ann ,the nicest person I've ever met , would have loved the Gawler Wheelers ..
Hey, Ramsay.Have a monstrously good time with that!
First year without mum, so that hurts. She knew about GW, though :)
Sorry to her that Dave, probably my last one with my Mum........
Hope the weather holds out for you Ramsay! And how is the scotch going down. Send us a photo of Nessie if you can!
It was a great ride yesterday although a bit cold to start with and a threat of rain that thankfully held off for us. My first time up Cornishmans and it was as hard as I thought it would be but with encouragement and some choice words we made it to the top. Going down Kentish is a real rush and I slotted behind Alistair who was flying.......I don't think Ive gone so fast down there....69kph says the computer probably going past my house near the bottom!
My dear old mum had her Mums Day earlier in the year in England.......she thinks I'm mad getting on a bike at my age but then she still worries about me still!!
Looking forward to next week and if i do the long ride its lunch at Jaspers when I get back!