1. Gawler Wheelers-TRACK NIGHT
2. Gawler Wheelers-ROUTE44-Gawler-SOB-Craigmore-Black Top-One Tree Hill-Gawler-BEGINNER HILLS
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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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Hey Frank, love "Who's your favourite". Great research as usual. Waz
Interesting Flying 200's generally slower this time (except Chris Cuthbert!!! awesome), probably due to colder conditions??
SATURDAY MAY 19th GAWLER WHEELER EVENTS NOW POSTED
Route 11 over 76 kms
Route 24 over 110 kms.
Both rides go through Mallala. The 110km ride will be favoured by the faster riders who no doubt will be trying to get back before the 76km group. What are the odds? :-)
If I attend this group ride then there be no hope of getting back to Jaspers before the 76mk group
Another great ride for us out there today. It had the extremes of speed, pain, exhiliration, sweat and grunting. Have never dripped that badly all over my handlebars before, and the bike computer. Hope it's salt proof! Never huffed and puffed as much either on any of my previous GW rides! But made it to the top of Yorketown and Cornishman's without the dreaded chest pains, or worse.
At the other extreme - being passed by Lee on the SOB with my speedo showing 42km/hr! And as Wilson said, what goes up, must come down. We came down alright - very fast. Love that Kentish Road. The one that runs East - West. I have heard there is another Kentish Road, running West - East that's not so nice! I wonder if Wilson will send us up that one one day?
To top it off even ticked off my first half loop followed by a barrel roll - on a bike! YOU can try it too, as Frank would say. Just take the short cut to the 'safe' side of Curtis Road, across the leaf and twig trash, to the lovely smooth bike track. Catch a twig in your front spokes and . . Was very lucky as I gently went over the handlebars and gracefully (lol) landed on my back, bike above me still clamped to my riding shoes. Soft dirt and at about 4km/hr.
Barry was not so lucky last night - hard polished floor boards and about 35 km/hr! But was very impressive the way he got up in a flash, twisted his handle bars back through 90 degrees, hopped on and powered off in pursuit of the bunch!
And I thought Frank was good! Ha ha.
I had a dig at my son who just rides a bike now, having put his car off the road. He was carrying a plastic bag, dangling from the handlebars, holding a book. Bag swings into front spokes, Jeff goes head over ... and lands on the road. But I showed him no sympathy. Just told him it's about time he fitted a carrier! He'll have a good laugh when I tell him about my equally stupid prank.
@ John Mills - I'm not sure if this will work ...but here is the link to your "day trip" (fingers crossed)........
Amazing how you realized there was a bit of 'action' happening behind you, and then had the reflexes to quickly turn and 'catch' it all. Well done! Great tune to go with it. Very funny. Maybe I let out a bit of an expletive just as I tripped, which made you look! I felt like it was all happening in slow motion. Not as fast as your video. Thanks for sharing. Will send it off to Jeff. He's keen to see the old man 'in action' on his new treadly.
@ John Mills. You commented "amazing how you realized there was a bit of 'action' happening behind you, and then had the reflexes to quickly turn and 'catch' it all"
Well John...the truth of the matter is.... I'm a Mum, and like ALL mums, we have eyes in the backs of our heads and ALWAYS know what's going on! So it all came down to motherly instinct really!! lol. And speaking for all of us: remember when we were little children and Mum always knew when you had been naughty and for some reason she always knew when you were telling little fibs!
OUCH! John chose the wrong week to ride without his medical team (me) :P