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The Gawler Wheelers weekend started with our first ever Track Night at the Super-Drome on Friday night. For many of the 28 GW members there this was their first exposure to track cycling. They were joined by an equal number of family and friends that helped make it a real family night.
On arrival most were out of their comfort zone thinking “can I do it” and “what bike do I choose”. However there were plenty providing encouragement & guidance…. and soon everyone was truly into it. The first hour was spent getting used to the bikes and riding on the track. Eddie from the Super-Drome ran the night for us and was capably assisted by GW members & seasoned tracker cyclists Tony & his brother JB.
During the second part of the night the riders participated in organised events such as the “Whistle Sprint”, and the “Team Pursuit”. The last event was the individual “Flying 200” ie only one cyclist on the track doing a 3 lap warm up and then going flat out for the last timed 200 metres. Wilson will post all the times on the GW page later but I can tell you that the best 3 times went to Tony, Craig and JB.
The night was a huge success however I will let others comment more about the GW Track Night experience. A very special thanks to Wilson Devo who put a lot of work into organising the night. We are thinking about holding these Track Nights regularly if the demand is there?…let us know your thoughts by replying to this post...(all AC members are welcome at GW events).
Well that was last night! A few hours later on Saturday morning 32 riders arrived at Jaspers for the normal group ride. Today we rode a shorter beginner’s hill route. It was a most pleasant relaxed ride and it was great to finish earlier than normal and spend more time chatting back at Jaspers. The route gave riders some hill climbing experience and also the thrill of the long Kentish Road decent where speeds exceeded 60 kph…(and where yours truly nearly lost it at that speed as I hit some gravel on the road.)
A special welcome to newbie (and Gully Grinders member) Scott who joined us today. A special mention also re long time GW member Warren Porteous who rode in the Norwood Cycling Club criteriums at Whitmore Square last weekend and took out a 1st in E grade and 1st in the preme sprint. Well done Warren! Finally we would like to recognise riders such as Keith and Carmen who rode at the track last night, then the group ride today and tomorrow will be doing the Grand Slam ride….that’s cycling PASSION!
NEXT WEEK: Due to unprecedented overwhelming demand we are riding back through the beautiful Barossa Valley, up to the Warren Reservoir and back by the super smooth Balmoral Road. Details will be posted on AC Events soon. All AC members, including YOU, are most welcome to attend. Today’s photo gallery follows:
Track Night: The trick is to look as though you know what you are doing!↓
Track Night: Pete..."hmmm...yep I might take this bike"↓
Track Night: Carmen & Fabian chose their bikes then it was time to get the pedals on and fine tune the bike fit↓
Track Night: Eddie signing everyone up↓
Track Night: Eddie explaining what the Team Pursuit entails↓
Track Night: Easy peasy....got the hang of it already↓
Track Night: The competitive streak quickly kicked in...who will get across the finishing line first?↓
Track Night: AC member Rob joined us and took the lead early (photo courtesy of AC member CLP)↓
Waiting for our turn for the Flying 200 (photo by CLP)↓
TODAY'S COMPETITION: What was Juz doing here just prior to taking to the track? The person with funniest answer will get a very special prize from Juz....hmmmm!↓
Saturday: Lee had his bike stolen yesterday but Richard lent him this bike so that he could ride today. Thank you Richard.↓
Ramsay (left) had just told us that he had not been on the bike for 3 weeks and would find the group ride tough. We said .."Ramsay, care factor = nil!"↓
On a beautiful morning we regroup prior to Curtis Road↓
Keith and Ramsay (left).....he did well!↓
Terry at the top of Yorketown Road after a long hill climb. (You shouldn't have had that smoke before the ride Terry!)↓
Dave...on the other hand was doing it easy!↓
You have to regoup at the gorgeous One Tree Hill & soak it in↓
One Tree Hill, an ideal place to take a moment and quietly reflect on the sacrifices people have made for this great country.↓
Chris at One Tree Hill...."yes ...life is too good in Australia"↓
We love getting back to Jaspers where these lovely GW Groupies usually await us.↓
Newbie Scott rates his first Gawler Wheelers Experience...10/10!↓
Finally some video of the Track Night courtesy of Peter Berry.↓
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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Juz' pic must have been before insedent as nicks are still black hehe.
Thanks to Wilson for organising Friday evening & to all those who assisted on & off the track, great night.
This mornings relatively short ride was a great recovery, weather company & coffee all good, looking forward to next week.
She was praying to the cycling gods! and clearly it worked cos the stunt manoever she performed didnt take her down, well done Juz great save.
Frank, to ride back at the drome was fantastic I havnt ridden there for 8 or so years at a guess and as they say "its like riding a bike"once you have done it it doesnt take long to get the feel again. I would be keen to make it a regular event. Sorry I missed you this morning,I didnt get to bed till about 3:30 this morning, i was keen to ride but my lad had an unfortunate altercation at the Bushmans pub last night. BLOODY GAWLER PUBS ! and the gutless ####'s that go to them.
Todays Competition answer is: Juz was just letting a little air out of Chewbaccas tyres :)
... only it turns out it was her own bike!
Is there more we should know here?
Juz on the phone to Kathy Watt....”Im having trouble adjusting my seat post.....errr...wot you mean you only know about how the pedals stay on"
"I'll pay the ransom, I just want my panniers back!"
To all GW members I enjoyed joining you guys and gals this morning for a most welcoming group ride around the local country side..... (hilly).
Its great to see so many like minded people enjoying a great early morning ride and a coffee and chat after the event.Keep up the community spirit and I hope to participate in future events !!!!!.
Great to meet you Scott. We expect you back soon! Any friend of Juddy's as a friend of ours.
So sorry now I did not ride last night !!!. A definite starter for the next one. Certainly different but good different from road riding. Can see why so many riders from track, do so well on the road !!
Had commitments this morning at church ( A men's breakfast. rode a bucking bull for the first time !) ( Not from Spain, LOL, and lasted 38 secs !!!
Juz-No!, I am not sharing my fully imported steak from Spain with anyone !!!!
I've posted my photos to http://www.flickr.com/photos/caroline-cuthbert/ :o)
Wow, You have some really good shots in that lot Caroline !
Well done :)