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*** TODAY's PHOTO GALLERY BELOW ***
The Gawler Wheelers morning started with Juz, fresh back from Qld, proudly showing us the book that her mum made to celebrate Juz’s first year of cycling (see later). She’s a Calendar Girl now!
A big group of 45 riders arrived for today’s GW rides, including newbies John and Richie. Great to meet you both guys, and trust that you enjoyed your first GW experience. We were also joined by Megan and Ryan who are RPM instructors at the Starplex Fitness Centre. Paul, who is also a Starplex instructor, also popped in to say hi as he dropped his lad Callum off to ride with us. Nice to see the Starplex fitness folk coming to ride with us to stay fit!
One of our youngest riders, Carmen, turned 16 during the week, so at our ride brief we all wished him a big Happy Birthday. When he first started to ride with us Carmen was usually at the back of the bunch, however he has made so much progress that now he always at the front! Carmen, congratulations on turning 16 …we love having you ride with us.
We held two concurrent rides today. 23 riders elected to ride the 60 km flat route to Two Wells and Virginia. It was a perfectly calm dry morning on this route and we rode to those conditions. The Two Wells leg was fantastic as most of the riders stayed in bunches and shared the work at the front. The lead was taken by many riders and it was great to see Lee, Ken and Lorraine up there at times. We arrived in TW in no time with average speeds of well over 30kph.
Following a regroup we headed off to Virginia, a shorter but just as exciting leg. Then it was a quick zip down Penfield Rd and onto the last 20km leg on the Stuart O’Grady Bikeway. The traffic-free SOB is always a blast to ride on. Peter, Craig and others decided that pace was the go and a break-away bunch quickly formed. The remaining riders took it a little easier, taking time to chat and ride. We arrived back at Jaspers just after 10.00. All enjoyed this fabulous ride with average speeds for the riide ranging from 27-30 kph.
The other 22 riders simultaneously rode a brand new 90km GW hills route to Kersbrook, Cuddlee Creek and Lobethal. There were a couple of incidents on this ride, Firstly Juz fell victim to a mechanical problem at Kersbrook and had to cut her ride short. Thanks to Michael for accompanying Juz on the ride home. Mark H also had a major cracked handle-bar issue and had to call for team car. Colin some-how fell off his bike in the driveway of the Opp Shop at Kersbrook! We will let him explain how that happened!!
The group did get to Lobethal ok where they all took over the local bike bakery! The descent down Fox Creek Road was both challenging and hairy. All riders commented on the Millsbrook Reservoir leg and what a great run that was. Just after 12.30 the hills group started arriving back home. There was unprecedented interest in this new hills route during the week. Those who rode it were not disappointed. “A terrific hills ride” is how most described it. Stay tuned for more in-depth comments from the riders.
NEXT WEEK: We will be holding one big sensational group ride through the Barossa Valley and up to the Warren Reservoir. Details will be posted on AC Events soon. YOU are invited to join us!
There was so much happening today that we have to leave you with 4 songs to listen to as you read the comments that will be posted by those who rode with us today.
Neil Sedaka >> PLEASE ENJOY:
TODAY’S PHOTO GALLERY + MORE FOLLOWS:
Lee > “who in the h*ll is that!”↓
Chris and Keith discussing ride tactics?↓
Colin and Alistair saying “our wives are away this weekend and we are going to party big-time!” (Lisa & Karen….that is what they said!!! How did your Sydney run go?)↓
Michael getting his bike ready for the hills ride↓
Newbie John looking forward to his GW ride↓
Paul saying to Callum “Son you have to get some serious kms in today!”↓
Back: Warren & Chris. Front: Callum, Paul, Ryan and calendar girl Megan↓
Paul and Ken having a ball on the SOB↓
Hills Group on Potts Rd: Mark, John and Keith↓
Can you guess which GW calendar girl these legs belong to?↓
Pete at Two Wells...”my back is still not 100%”↓
Bella came out to greet us at Two Wells↓
Hills Group on Kersbrook Road↓
Newbie, Richie riding into Two Wells↓
Father & Son (Ken & William) fooling around at TW↓
Birthday boy >> Carmen on the 90km Hills ride.↓
Roger and Paul at the well in Two Wells↓
Lorraine checking her Strava stats↓
Terry leading a bunch into Virginia↓
Hills Group: Ryan, Callum and Megan. FYI Ryan ran the City to Bay in 45 minutes!↓
Lee doing it easy-peasy into Virginia↓
Paul and Shayne. Petrol prices have not changed at Virginia!↓
Hills Group near Kersbrook↓
Craig whistling “Calendar Girl” at Virginia↓
Paul leading a bunch on Penfield Road↓
Barry giving me a wave at the SOB regroup↓
Calendar Girl Elaine “my longest ride ever…TICK”↓
Caroline, and Juz with the book that Juz’s mum made for her↓
This is what Juz’s mum, (Carol) wrote on the inside cover. (Hi Carol!)↓
A glimpse of some of the inside pages↓
Nick and Peter were the first back from the hills ride↓
John can you please explain how that grease got all over your hands!!↓
Last, but not least, let us remember the Calendar Girl who has been in the news all week.
Well done Anna Meares on taking out the GOLD in London. We leave you with “Anna” .....and some rare footage of the early days of the Beatles. ENJOY!↓
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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Just before leaving Jaspers this afternoon management expressed great dismay about one of our group who did a runner without paying an extravigant bill. This person will be faced with double diget interest on the account and have to shout bacon & egg rolls all around next week. The identity of this person remains a mistery but apparently the name starts Fr and ends with K.
I offered to pay the tab to keep him out of trouble. But when I saw his bill I just said "Oh F....k! I'll need to see my bank manager!" What was he drinkng? Or how many short blacks can a bloke knock back in the short time between the flat riders and the hilly riders returning home? I think he was on the 'good stuff'! Lucky he didn't have far to ride home!
And thanks to those who waited two and a half hours for us hilly riders to return, including Juz, Lee and Frank to name a few. Very nice of you all. Oops!
Guilty!! I did call Amanda when I got home....she said "no worries Frank, we know that you are good for it" The reason that my bill was so much was because the HILLLs guys took so long to get back! I actually think they should contribute towards it!
Ha ha. I think we all owe you many short blacks for all the hours you spend processing those pics, and finding those video clips for these ride reports Frank. I am sure that's why you rushed and forgot to pay - to make sure the report was up before midnight!
And the grease all over my hands was because I was at the back of the field, as usual, trying to make up some ground. Had the chain miss the big front ring as I rushed a gear change at the top of a small rise just before Alexander. Wow! What a mess. The chain had wrapped itself three times around the crank arm. Only way I could free it was to take the back wheel off to give a bit of slack. And even then I was confused because it still refused to budge! Just a tight mish mash of loops. Eventually I accidently nudged the crank arm backwards - it spun around three times and it just seemed to have fixed itself. Must have got bored waiting around for me to solve the puzzle!
In the mean time had grease all over, including my arms I noticed when I got home. Luckily I had a rather big rag in the tool kit ready for such incidents, and was able to get 90% of it off.
GW, rumour has it that Frank will be missing in action next week as he is the "Father of the Bride" and I sure he was saving some of his pennies for next week.
Good ride today with a few people setting some benchmarks for their rides. Was great to have 'Pete's company at the back of the bunch for a whole 20 mtrs, sore back or not, could not hold him back. Thought today that the hills riders were going to out number us again, "Missed it by that much" Good you see everyone back safe.
Until next Friday.
Thanks Mick. Likewise, enjoyed your company too, but I had to get to the end of the bike ride quick, in case my back ache got any worse, & besides, there was someone at the front ( sporting a Hernia ) doing all the hard work, and I thought it would be fun to leach off their back wheel. Cheers Craig :)
Was an awesome day to make a comeback. Didn't feel too back knocking out 80km.
Rumor has it that Colin fell off his bike at the Op Shop after seeing a 2nd hand copy of 50 Shades of Grey and becoming weak at the knees after considering the content of the book!
The management at Jaspers reliably tell me that they had put a Mob "hit" out on the person that left without paying their bill... :P
Great ride today (I can say that now but didn't feel that way as I struggled to keep up on the way to Two Wells!) Longest ride to date.
I would like to say a huge thank you to those of you who very generously sponsored me for my "Go the Distance" ride. It is greatly appreciated. If anyone else would like to sponsor me you can go to gothedistance.com.au and find my team (Elaine Kuczmarski and the CD riders) and leave a donation or message of support.
See you all next week, maybe on a new bike :-)
Here is the LINK to Elaine's fundraising page
It seems I missed another great GW morning. I was out at Birdwood riding with the Mishmash group. Nice quiet roads, new faces, and much better weather than last weekend! Had a great time myself. Will be back next week.