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*** TODAY's PHOTO GALLERY BELOW ***
This morning at about 6.00am many of us were wishing that we were on Copacabana Beach. It was raining and the forecast was for further rain and hail! Would anyone turn up for the GW rides??
By 7.00am it had cleared up at Gawler and 28 riders did front up to ride!! Wonderful to see Reidy and Randall come out again for a GW ride. Andrew also turned up for his first ride in a few weeks (recovering from a knee injury). You will recall that last week Terry ended up in hospital after the ride with a heart problem. Well, he was one of the first ones there today and absolutely rearing to go. What a champion!
21 of the group rode the FLAT route and what a blast it was. The 24km spin to Two Wells was a gem of a leg. The wind was not too bad and we sat on about 28kph all the way to TW. The riders stayed in groups and there was lot’s of chatting as we buzzed along side by side.
The real buzz though was experienced on the Hayman Road leg. The wind was squarely behind us and everyone zoomed along at about 35-40kph. We then rode through the township of Angle Vale and back on to the Stuart O’Grady Bikeway for the last leg of the ride. Riding conditions remained extremely favourable. It was evident that it had been raining whilst we on the road, but we dodged all of the rain and arrived back at Jaspers just after 10.00am….dry as a bone! Average speed over the 55km ride for most riders hovered around 27-32kph.
7 riders rode the gruelling 71km HILLS route and they just loved it. Over 1000 meters climbed, up and down 10/11 degree hills, through a beautiful part of SA taking in Kersbrook, One Tree Hill, Mt Crawford Forest and Williamstown. Young Carmen rode the descents in suicidal TDF style, crouched low on the bike. You should have seen the grin on his face when he got home! This was one tough ride taking over 4 hours and we congratulate all of the HILLS riders on completing it in fine style!
Those who rode today will post more details on their ride experience, so stay tuned. See also the photo gallery below for lot’s more! “I can’t get no Satisfaction” is a fabulous Stone’s song however you will read later from those who rode today that Satisfaction is guaranteed on the Gawler Wheelers Group Rides!
NEXT WEEK: We will be holding one big group ride through the Barossa Valley. It’s the Gomersal Road route with a twist…we will be riding the route in reverse for the first time ever. Everyone is welcome…including YOU. Don’t miss this one…it will be a sensational ride experience! Details will be posted on AC Events soon.
The Rolling Stones performed their first live gig on July 12th 1962 at the Marquee Club in London. 44 years later they played in front of 1.5million people at Copacabana Beach, Rio De Janeiro, on the 18th February 2006. ENJOY!
TODAY’s PHOTO GALLERY FOLLOWS + MORE!
Doug getting ready to ride. (Nice pose Doug!!)↓
Alistair ready for to ride on his brand new Giant bike with DI2↓
Paul also had a new bike today! Purchased from AC Sponsor Star Cycles. Full carbon, full Ultegra and Mavic tyres. Price = $1700….Gary Mills does great deals for AC Members!↓
Carl (R) presented Terry with booster cables before the ride….just in case Terry had any more heart problems today!!↓
Andrew…”hmmm wonder how my knee will go today”↓
Reidy had been away for so long that he had to re-introduce himself!↓
Daniel and Mick entering the SOB↓
Warren changing a tube in super-quick time↓
SOB >> “Nah…it ain’t going to rain”↓
Alistair (L) after Daniel told him that he was late for the ride start on purpose so that he could avoid the HILLs ride (sorry Daniel!)↓
Honky Tonk Woman Juz at Two Wells >> “Where is my tea?”↓
Enjoying the sunshine at Two Wells↓
Carmen on the Hills ride↓
Paul and Paul on Hayman Road↓
Mark you look as though you are doing it easy on the Hills ride?↓
Hills Group >> “I think Gawler is that way”↓
Michael (R) >> “Ladies and Gentlemen I wish to advise that after 16 months it has finally happened! Yep….Wilson gets a puncture on a GW group ride. He is human after all!”↓
Doug on Hayman Rd > “..nope… still no rain in sight!”↓
Gary (R) from Star Cycles “I reckon I lost money on that deal I did for Paul”↓
Scott came back for his second GW ride today. He looked a million dollars in his new GW Bibs.↓
Peter, after the Hills ride > “IT WAS FANTASTIC!”↓
Some weeks various GW members cannot ride with us for different reasons. They still come and join us for a chat after the ride…such is the GW comradeship! Today they included (from the left) Pete, Dave, David, Matthew, Andrew and Corey.↓
Flat Group post ride euphoria…sensational ride …AND YES we missed all the rain!↓
TERRY: We were all glad to see you back on the bike today. Pleased to hear that your heart rhythm is a lot better now. This one is for you mate. ..wait for the bagpipes. (LORRAINE..tell ROB that it's for him too!)↓
Rod Stewart – “Rhythm of my Heart”
Finally, behind the scenes just before the Copacabana Beach concert. Check the crowd out!! (The Stones will be reading this so wish them a happy 50th!↓
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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@ Andrew M.....has the knee come good mate?
@Reidy....bring the T-Shirts along Saturday morning ...we will find someone to buy them after the ride
@Juz..re you not feeling mobile on Sunday and spending half the day in bed. Yes, the Stones do have a song for that sort of slack lazy behaviour>>
"Sad Sad Sad"
@Frank - yeah, always goes back to 'normal' after 2-3 days. I ran 5kms on it yesterday, hurt a tiny bit up a steep hill, but otherwise fine, no pain at all afterwards and none today. Cycling's the only activity that bothers it (ffs). I'm a 'might' for Saturday - Gomersal backwards sounds like great fun, even with a dicky knee. cheers, AM.
Andrew. You may want to experiment with cleat positioning. Try a bit more "toe in", that is positioning your cleats on the bottom of the shoe to have your toes point slightly inward having the effect of keeping your knees closer to the cross bar. You might want to get some new cleats as well if you haven't already done so.
cheers Dale. Yeah, I'm experimenting like mad. Having my seat quite substantially higher than usual helps, so I may even go the radical step of getting shorter cranks (to further reduce knee flex).
I've tried different cleats, different positions (fore aft, toe in etc) ... you name it. Seat further forward seems to help a lot, as I have no pain when I'm standing up to ride (ie. seat high and forward, a bit like running, in which I have no problems).