No. of Riders : 43....*** a new record!
More GW info > http://www.adelaidecyclists.com/group/GawlerWheelers
*** TODAY's PHOTO GALLERY BELOW ***
(Many thanks to Angus for the GW anniversary headline banner.)
February 27th 2011: Wilson Devo posts a discussion on AC re whether there is any interest in the Gawler area for cyclists wishing to ride in a bunch ride. (See photo gallery below).
March 5th 2011: Following a lukewarm response Wilson & yours truly meet, conduct a reccie ride and decide to post on AC Events the inaugural Gawler Wheelers Group Ride.
March 12th 2011: The first GW Group Ride is held with 9 riders participating.
Sept 10th 2011: We held our 6 month anniversary ride today with a record 43 riders turning up to help us celebrate this very special occasion. We warmly welcomed 3 newbies who joined us on their first GW ride: Troy, Darryl and Shane (see photo below).
We appropriately ventured down the same route that we rode on March 12th. The weather was fine, albeit blustery on the first leg down the Stuart O’Grady Bikeway. Many sub-groups formed based on preferred speed and the ride was filled with a sense of celebration and achievement.
The excitement continued back at Jaspers Café where the brand new Gawler Wheelers jerseys were distributed. Sneek peek of the new jerseys in the photo gallery below.
From humble beginnings Gawler Wheelers has evolved into a vibrant fun cycling group with new-comers always welcome. Many new friendships have formed via GW since March, and we aim to cater for cyclists of all abilities. Our numbers continue to increase each week and the riders come from both local areas and the metro area. Age of the riders varies from 20 yrs to 60+ yrs! I will let others talk more about the last 6 months as they reply to this post.
Thank you to all who ride with Gawler Wheelers…it is you who make GW what it is today. Thank you also to Angus and the wider AC community for your continued support and interest.
NEXT WEEK: We will hold two concurrent rides; a flat ride and a hills ride. Details will be posted on AC Events tomorrow. YOU are welcome to attend. Today's photo gallery follows below.
Kevin and Spartacus arrive for the anniversary ride↓
Wilson welcomes Clive to todays ride. Appreciate you coming Clive after your epic ride yesterday↓
Wilson's sister Jackie and his nephew Samuel came from QLD to help us celebrate today↓
Regroup at the start of the Stuart O'Grady Bikeway....GW never leave anyone behind↓
Another regroup at the end of the SOB....time to chat and swap yarns↓
Karen coming to a screeching halt at the end of the SOB↓
Geoff and Ramsay discussing the best way to ride Norton's↓
Colin's wife Lisa meets us at Jaspers to join in the anniversary celebrations↓
Wilson getting ready to distribute the new Gawler Wheelers jerseys↓
Pete...yaa hoo....I've got my new GW jerseys!↓
Newbies Troy, Darryl and Shane rate their first GW experience a perfect 10/10↓
Husband and wife teams on todays ride: Rob & Lorraine, Alistair & Karen, Chris and Caroline↓
Scott with his brand new racing bike ...a new TF2 Fondriest↓
Reidy in his element... as the girls just keep drooling over his newly waxed legs!↓
Michael striking up a friendship with newbie Darryl↓
Craig and Nick proudly wearing their new GW team jersey↓
Last but not least.....the AC post that started it all↓
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. Cheers for now...Frank.
Next Gawler Wheelers Event Details (check the following links) :
You and Wilson Devo on a hill climb, that would be worth watching. You both kickass in the hills!
There was some discussion last week and today about some of the 'slower riders' taking on some of the hillier rides without hindering the 'fast group'. There seemed to be a consensus forming around the 'GW route03' as a starting point. It is the Alexander Ave/OTH Rd/Kersbrook/Williamstown/Gawler route.
I have plotted an extension to this route which the faster guys may wish to consider. The difference in distance is less than 11km for a total distance of 70km. The two groups could split at some point along the way and then rendezvous at Williamstown for the run back to Gawler.
The extension follows the same route to Hiil Rd (just north of Kersbrook), turns at Hill Rd and goes to Williamstown via Hill Rd/Forreston Rd/Warrren Rd.
Plots can be found here:
I'm interested in any comments on this idea.
+1 Craig. Looks good, Pete. Much like the Mengler's Hill detour on the Gormesal Road ride. It's been a while since I rode that route, but I remember that there's lots of flat, fast sections from the Forreston Road to Williamstown after the Hill/Norsworthy Road climb.
That looks like a fabulous route. with plenty of speed in the second half, & what a good idea to combine the two routes. I can't wait to try that one out.
I guess if we wanted to be even more adventurous (mad), we could tackle Checker Hill from the nasty side instead of Hill road... Just a thought.....
Im with pete on the (mad) Checkers route! Even though i might learn to regret this.
A big thanks to Wilson and Frank for all of their work and for making everyone feel so welcome. It's so much more fun to ride with a great group of people and if you want to push yourself, you can (especially when your trying to keep up with The Locomotive, aka Diesel, Curly or Dale). The jerseys look great and can't wait to see a big group next week in black & yellow. È sempre un buon giorno per un giro della bicicletta.
Awesome effort from all involved with the GW, reminds me of Field of Dreams "If you build it, they will come". You must have built something pretty good because they seem to be coming from far and wide.
GW 6mth, who can guess whats to come, congratulations to all concerned both on and off the road. Once again a great ride, no punctures and the rain held off until all had a chance to enjoy the coffee etc at Jaspers. looking forward to all future rides.
A Big Thank You to all Gawler Wheelers Members
To all Gawler Wheelers members,
I would just like to say a big Thank You for supporting the Gawler Wheelers Group since its humble beginnings back in March 2011.
Your continued support and attendance at the Saturday morning group rides means a great deal.
We have more Routes in the planning and some Special Events coming up when the weather improves, so keep in touch.
Wear your new Gawler Wheelers Jerseys with pride and I hope to see you on the next Group Ride.