ONE YEAR OLD TODAY ! >>> Gawler Wheelers Group Ride Report: Saturday March 10th 2012
Posted by Pete Roberts
No. of Riders : 83
No. of Riders : 21
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*** TODAY's PHOTO GALLERY BELOW ***
I find it hard to believe that Gawler Wheelers is ONLY ONE YEAR OLD today!
From small beginnings, our club is now attracting in excess of 50 – 60 cyclists each week, and we are still growing. Today we had a record 83 riders, which was a sight to behold!
We arrived at Jaspers this morning, with the Moon still high in the sky, and just a slight chill in the air, but we knew that once we started on our way, any cobwebs would soon be blown off, and the sun & exercise would soon warm our bones.
Before we set off, as you might expect, Wilson Devo, was ready with a welcome speech, & gave a brief history of our beginnings.
We were also treated by a visit from our State Member of Parliament Tony Piccolo, who was pleased to announce that there were to be further developments in the bikeway system up and down the Metropolitan areas of Adelaide.
We also had 10 new cyclists join us today including: Elaine, Cahl, RD6, Steven, Matt K, Wattsy, Bethany, Emma, Gavin & Lorraine.
On to the ride:
Our large group set off towards the Northern end of the SOB (Stuart O’Grady Bikeway) where we had a brief regroup.
We had quite a few visitors from ‘Down South’. For many, this was their first taste of our SOB. I do believe that they were very impressed with our little bikeway.
As you might expect, there was a breakaway group race off who took a mere 33 minutes to reach the Southern end of the SOB. Most however, took it much easier and was able to ‘Smell the roses’.
The Southern end of the SOB was a great spot for a group photo, but there were still TOO MANY of us to get us all in one shot!
From here, a few elected to return to Jaspers along the same path, while the remainder continued on the full route to pass the Edinburgh base, on a loop to rejoin the SOB slightly further north, for our return trip.
The ride was not completely incident free:
Yours truly, found that it’s not a good idea to ‘Track Stand’ in the middle of a large group. Lucky there were no cameras clicking!
Richard, our Tail End Charlie, also ‘hit the deck’. A little Gravel rash and maybe a black eye tomorrow as a trophy.
Back at Jaspers, Mick Adams, presented the club with the biggest Birthday Cake I’ve ever seen.
Now I have written far too much already, so I will let YOU tell the rest of the story…
EXTRA SPECIAL REPORT ON GW FULL MOON RIDE:
Today, GAWLER WHEELERS had another new first. We had our inaugural MIDNIGHT RIDE!
After all the celebrations were over at Jaspers, 21 riders went home and rested up for a MOON LIT ride:
We met at Jaspers again, but this time with fluorescent jackets and shiny spotlights and anything else that shines (Check Kate’s shiny Shoe laces in the group photo)
We rode the entire SOB again, but instead of looping back on the SOB, we rode Peachy Rd and Coventry Rd back to Gawler.
As you might guess, Jaspers is not a 24 hour Café, so we stopped at the Peachy Rd “ON THE RUN” for our coffee, which was surprisingly good.
Riding late at night was very different to our normal rides. It was extremely peaceful, and we all agreed it was something worth repeating.
Kate and I rode our TANDEM and for the first time in a year of GW, we became the TEC (TAIL END CHARLIE)
Night time riding must be extra special because the Puncture fairy decided not to visit, so our job was made easy :)
Hope to see YOU on our next MOON LIGHT RIDE!
NEXT WEEK: We ride every Saturday, and next weeks ride will be posted very soon in the Events section of the fabulous Adelaide Cyclists web site.
All AC members, including YOU, are most welcome to attend.
Today’s photo gallery follows:
Hip Hip Hooray. ONE YEAR OLD today ! ↓
Two Southerners, Colin and Roger arrive for a taste of SOB ↓
Steven (I've been everywhere man) and Trent ready to ride ↓
Tony Piccolo (MP) announces new developments to our bikeways ↓
First Group shot at Jasper. Many more out of shot... ↓
Regroup at the Northern end of the SOB ↓
The Breakaway Group arrive at the Southern end of the SOB in just 33 minutes ! ↓
Gary rode this strange contraption. Tell us about it Gary... ↓
Wattsy & our youngest rider to date Bethany ( Plus Gavin ) ↓
Everyone gives the SOB 10/10 ! ↓
Back at Jaspers, and the Party Spirit begins ... ↓
Newbie's never escape the camera at Gawler Wheelers!
Here are Matt, Kahl, Elaine, Steven, RD6 & Gus
giving 10/10 ↓
Two more Newbies, Gavin & Lorraine giving what else, but 10/10 ↓
More Newbies, Bethany (Our youngest rider to date), Plus Emma Mum ↓
Frank ( Our glorious Leader ) could not be with us today, but was certainly with us in spirit...
Dont worry, he will be back next week doing what he does best. (writing these reports !) ↓
EXTRA PHOTOS OF THE FULL MOON RIDE FOLLOWS:
THE NIGHT TIME GATHERING STARTS PRE RIDE ↓
COFFEE AT MIDNIGHT AT 'ON THE RUN' ↓
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...Pete.
Next Gawler Wheelers Event Details (check the following links)
Sounds like a good ride, spewin I missed it, I was out for tea, I did however see you guys riding along the SOB as I was driving along the express way and I must say it did look rather cool to see all of your headlights, tail lights & reflective stuff it made me rather envious as I drove home, cant wait for the next one, as long as it is not in the dead of winter LOL !
Did you toot us ? We had several toots from people passing by in their cars..Certainly was an experience riding along with lights on..was my first time night ride..
Wonder what wonderful ride will be organised for next weekend ??
To be honest I am pretty STUFFED lol...
Na, I passed you guys as you were going through the creek area and back up to the birdge, so I could see a winding trail of lights as I went passed........... great sight !
The Full Moon Ride added a different dimension to the GW experience, you can even see the glare of the moon in Pete's group shot at On The Run. While the faster normal break away guys tonned the speed down it was still a good pace, riding in close formation at speed, at night certainly kept peoples concentration levels high.
Thanks go to Pete for doing the reports in Franks absence and to Kate for joining him on the tandem as night time TEC. Also once again Wilson has come up with a terrific event in the first Full Moon Ride
Patrick good to see you again and great job with the video.
The future for GW looks good.
More video to come Keith.
HI guys , first off thanks to lyndelle for patching me up,currently sitting at home feeling very sore, 3 grazes on my knees, large graze and skin missing off my left elbow, bruised ribs and sternum, and a cut on the snoz, have"nt had a chance to look at the bike yet as i am still recovering from a tirade of abuse from the BOSS (what do you mean you stopped and had a coffee and a chat then came home had lunch and a shower then spent 6 hrs down casualty because your sore, youll be sore when i finish with you !!!!!!! ) thanks again guys heres looking forward to many more rides !!!!!!!!!!!
Richard hope you have recoverd well (from the wife) and hope you recover well for next week.
Nice one Pat. Good quality video!
I did not realise just how clear and blue the sky was yesterday .
Great Video. What is your set up? Is it mounted on your Bars?
My camera is too big IMO and I wouldn't buy the same again as there are others that are more compact and/or better and cheaper.It's mounted on the bars which is great on the SOB, but not so good on the Veloway. You really notice the corrugations and potholes.