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On a morning made in heaven 54 riders converged on Gawler for the start of today’s GW rides. Amongst the crowd were newbies Scott, Terry, Andrew and Neil (who came all the way from Townsville). Welcome to the Gawler Wheelers family! Terry and Andrew arrived very early as they were super keen as this was their first ever group ride …(both rode magnificently).
40 of the riders elected to do the 56km flat ride to Two Wells and Virginia. We were honoured to have Dale and John join us on the ride. They would normally do the hills ride but decided to accompany the flat group for a change. They ride at a fast speed and as a result the whole group was inspired to ride faster than normal and that led to many average speed PBs today.
When we arrived at Two Wells we regrouped and it was there that Barry had us rolling in laughter. First he was telling us about how he took a wrong turn on the RLC and got lost again! Then he told us that he could not find his Kindle eReader last week and looked for it everywhere. Some days later he found the remnants of it in the corner of his backyard….yes…. his dog ate the Kindle! Amazingly he got a free replacement under the warranty?? I will let him expand on both tales later!
14 riders undertook the extreme hills ride….extreme because it’s just hill after hill, includes a dirt stretch and several very perilous descents. All was going well until one of those dangerous descents when Gundi could not break in time at the bottom and went off his bike sliding into the bushes across the road. He was fairly shaken and sustained various cuts and grazes but thankfully no major injuries. His mate Tony accompanied Gundi back home...thanks Tony
We called Gundi after the ride and whilst he seemed ok he was going to go to the hospital for a precautionary check-up. Hope you are ok Gundi?…now you know why we specifically mention that descent during the ride safety brief!
Finally a special mention regarding GW regulars Reidy and Matthew (The Cadence Man) who are both doing the 900km RIDE4REPAT in a few weeks and are seeking support for their fundraising. Check out Reidy’s Blog for all the details and how you can donate to this very worthy cause >> http://cyclingaj.wordpress.com/2012/02/03/ride4repat/
NEXT WEEK: On Friday night Gawler Wheelers are holding our first Track Night at the Super-Drome. There are still a few spots left if you would like to come along…check Events for details. In view of the Track Night and the Grand Slam on the Sunday we will be holding one shorter group ride on the Saturday. It is a beginners hill climb and YOU are welcome to attend. Details will be posted on AC Events soon! Today's photo gallery follows:
Terry, (with his partner Christine), arrives for his first ever group ride↓
Newbie Andrew (centre)...."bring it on...I'm ready for my first group ride"↓
Anthony (newbie from last week) is back for his 2nd GW ride (with Dad)↓
Love the car/bike colour co-ordination↓
Reidy (right) is doing the RIDE4REPAT ..(he is not a morning person!)↓
Dale (centre).." I am going to love leading the FLAT group today"↓
Nick on the Hills ride >> "look ..is that another kangaroo?"↓
Lyndelle gives the thumbs up to her new more comfortable saddle↓
Dave on the Hills ride reaching Parra Wirra. Gundi on the right pre crash↓
Caroline (right) finally let hubby Chris (left) buy a new bike. Chris said that it took a week of passion to get her to agree. Caroline said... "I wish!"↓
Michael taking it easy on the slippery dirt stretch of the Hills ride↓
Hills group ride two by two on the dirt stretch↓
Big Dan gets in the swing of the US Presidential Campaign & the Giants win↓
Newbie Terry at Two Wells telling Gary & Mark that his rear is hurting!↓
Barry (left) telling us all about how his dog ate the Kindle!↓
Today's competition: Guess which GW hunks the legs belong to. A GreenEdge cap goes to the first correct entry.↓
Flat group riders arriving at Virginia↓
Regroup and rest time at Virginia↓
Gundi had a nasty crash.....the war wounds...ouch!↓
Hills group at the top of Kersbrook Hill...top effort today guys↓
Damage to Gundi's bike....oh the $$$↓
Just a few of the stunning lovely ladies on today's rides↓
Close up of Chris's new Avanti complete with electronic gears. (We ALL love you now Caroline!)↓
Newbies Scott, Andrew and Neill rate their GW experience...(10/10)↓
Gundi even rated his big crash...yes a 10/10!! Great recovery Gundi!!↓
Have a wonderful Valentine's Day everyone! Don't forget to give your bike a hug and a kiss on Tuesday...and then whisper this to someone >>>
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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Another fantastic ride! Sorry to hear about Gundi. Hope he is ok
Yea all good Lee got the all clear from the doc. Be out there next week.
Good to hear mate. Best way to recover from a bike accident is to get back on and get after it again!
Thats good to hear Gundi. Hows the bike?
Hi Michael, Bike's not too bad scratches mostly.
Bit sore too are you?
Wondering if Neil rode in from home this morning and then back again.
Oh wow, Chris's bike really is a sexy one! Caroline, do you want to be my wife instead? ;)
Thanks to everyone for another great ride!
I think your right B1.
Add wet roads to the mix, and it was a very nasty corner ...
Looked like a great ride today, spewin i had to work. Spoke with Brett this arvo & sounds like the pace was up with an avg of 31kmh which is awsome, also just got of the phone to Gundi he's felling a bit sore but more importantly the bikes going to be ok ! LOL.... Chris your bike is KILLER !!! man you must have a good wife ! will see ya all next week.
thanks heaps for the ride guys. it was great fun. i had to go past the bike shop and get a new seat. the original foam one wasnt very good. (my bum still hurts). look forward to seeing you guys in the near future
What can I say apart from .. I DID IT!!!!!!...fantastic people to be a part of today...all full of positive actions and helpful suggestions and encouragement. Thanks to you all.
Personally the leg to Two Wells I struggled with. I shouldnt have but damn my butt just gave up on me LOL...I wasnt sure how the hell it would hold up for the rest of the journey so I plugged on. My stamina at Two Wells felt pretty good as it should be after just 20k.
Ride to Virginia was when I began to really feel refreshed and when we stopped there for a 5 min break I felt the next leg to home would be when I would start to push a little harder. I really couldn't believe how well I felt considering the longest distance I had ridden before today was only 30k's so I put my head down and just went for it..Saw my buddie Lee Bakes up ahead on the SOB run which gave me more incentive to go harder LMAO...To be honest I never took my eyes off him the whole ride as to where he was situated just incase he needed a helping hand hehehehe. ( yer righto as if ) . Probably would not have done this ride today if it not for Lee's encouragement and training with me for the past 4 weeks...THANKS LEE :)
Arriving at Jaspers I couldn't believe I had made it...Thanks Christene (wife) for support :). Thanks to Gawler Wheelers for fantastic organisation and great friendly atmosphere..
To the guys at Star Cycles.. My bike be there maybe Tuesday to get it's gears serviced LOL....fantastic and helpfull they are...