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*** TODAY's PHOTO GALLERY BELOW ***
The morning weather looked a little unpredictable. The forecast said 'clearing shower' and not many of the 37 riders came in their wet weather gear….mistake! Newbie Michael, who came from Clearview to ride with us did not have a great start to the morning as he forgot to bring his helmet. Can't ride with GW without a helmet!! Not to worry as local GW regular Peter raced home to get his spare helmet for Michael. During the ride-brief we also acknowledged the efforts of our Ride4Repat comrades and rehearsed the applause we will be giving them when they return to GW next week.
Today was the first time that we have held the Gawler Wheelers Tri-Ride aka a group ride splitting off later into three separate rides. For the first 22km leg we all rode to Williamstown as one group. The light showers kicked in on the way to Sandy Creek, however the morale remained high and it was obvious that everyone was keen to ride and take advantage of the Tri-Ride Triple Treat on offer today.
We regrouped at Lyndoch and then took off to Williamstown. Despite a safety warning at Lyndoch to take care at the railway crossing as the tracks would be slippery we had two minor falls there (no injuries apart from dented pride). That crossing is now known as “Ramsay’s Crossing” as it is where Ramsay had his nasty fall last year.
We all ended up making it safely to Williamstown where everyone had to make a final decision… ”which route will I ride?” The options were (1) 47km Undulating Route back to Gawler via the Whispering Wall. (2) 64km Hills Route to Kersbrook and back to Gawler via Humbug Scrub and (3) 78km Extreme Hills route to Forreston, Checker Hill and back to Gawler.
We had good numbers in each group with the Hills Route being the most popular as it was an ideal “beginners hill route”…challenging but not too difficult. The showers continued on these legs, however there was no wind, it was not too cold and you would have to say that the cycling conditions were favourable overall. By the time we got back to Jaspers everyone was fairly wet. The hot drinks went down really well!. The post-ride spirits were high and everyone chatted about how much they had enjoyed the rides We can say with confidence that the Tri-Ride concept worked well and was a huge success. Those participating will tell you more about their Tri-Ride experience so keep checking in to this post.
NEXT WEEK: To cater for those who will be doing the GS#2 on the Sunday we will be holding one easy flat ride. It will be an ideal warm up for anyone riding in the GS#2. YOU are welcome to attend. Details will be posted on AC Events shortly. Today's photo gallery follows:
Newbie Michael says " I forgot my damn helmet!"↓
Whew!...."Peter is going to go home and get me his spare helmet...what a goood bloke he is...many thanks"↓
Keith and Juz. Who is keeping who warm?↓
Lorraine arrives for her 18th Gawler Wheeler ride. She sent me this text after the ride > "I would have offered to towel dry you fellas but you took too long to get back!" (There is always next week Lorraine?)↓
Young Brendan arrives for his second GW ride↓
Terry admiring Lyndelles brand new bike↓
Colin signing on for the Hills ride (GW safety precaution)↓
Love the head protection gear Nick!↓
Sandy Creek: Alan saying to Ramsay "are you awake mate?"↓
Barry (R) introducing himself to last weeks newbie John↓
Ramsay: "Of course I am awake..was thinking of a hot shower"↓
Bretto riding into Sandy Creek↓
Sue having a laugh after David complained about the spray he copped riding behing her. Care factor nil obviously!↓
Greg & Alan at Williamstown. Love the kit Greg!↓
Peter and Dan at Williamstown discussing bike computers↓
Williamstown: Dale puts his hand up for the Extreme Hills ride↓
Wilson explaining the next part of the Tri-Ride concept↓
Decisions made. John taking down the names of the Hills route riders↓
Hills group at Kersbrook. Yep...Juz is going the wrong way!↓
Mick at Kersbrook..."where is Barry!"↓
Chris (L): "That Kersbrook Hill sure is a tough climb"↓
Nearly at the top of Kersbrook Hill↓
BEFORE SHOT: Juz drenched after the ride↓
AFTER SHOT: That's better! What's with those stockings Juz??↓
Extreme Hills riders arrive back safely..well done guys.↓
We made the local press again this week..."Gawler Bunyip"↓
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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Thanks, Darren! At this point it's too much bike for me, but I'm hoping to grow into it soon. Zippy and responsive, perhaps a little too so! I'm happy :)
Yes, so zippy and responsive that at times it can feel a little light and nervous... they're a top ride though, enjoy!
Sorry mate. Said I was going to try to keep up with you and then cheated on you. The way you left me on those hills out of Gawler I thought I better sneak off early. Very early. Probably took off 3 or 5 minutes before the whole pack! And when they zoomed past 10 minutes later I felt like a little duck - peddling like hell and going no-where fast! I think that's how the saying goes?
Yep, interesting ride in the rain. Nice and cool. I was almost as wet last week anyway - sweating along in the heat. Was a bit worried about the brakes going down the other side of the mountain. But no real dramas despite the wet brakes. And the warning about the T junction at the bottom of the hill was much appreciated. Thanks Chris.
Threesomes, lack of performance, cheating partners, partners leaving and sneaking off...... First GW divorce is imminent! (That's the G rated version :-0 )
And I'm the embarrassed one who finished too early ;) haha
Correction...... R rated now!
LMAO Gillian...thought us men were the ones to finish first
Bloody snob John...:) yer cheater....:)
You lot are getting me all confused. First a big laugh at all he undertones in these replies. Great way to start a Sunday. And then the guilts for bailing out on a promise! Oh well, time to see my shrink to sort it all out. Might catch up with this mysterious Terry guy next week! Enjoy your ride today Terry. I have to prune b...y trees along the side fence because solar cells are going up on the roof tomorrow. Don't want any shading on them! Some of us have to 'work'. Sorry Lyndelle, I see you miss out on the ride every second week! But same to you, have a great ride today!
Just to add to the theme though, I spent all morning looking for my first partner, Paul. He is the nice guy I parked next to last Saturday and I said to myself I'll try to keep up with him on the ride. But when the helmets go on all us old codgers look the same! Except maybe me with my little blue steel wheeler and strange clothes! So today I had a closer look at Paul, and thought yeah, I reckon I have him pinned down. But same again. At each stop my eyes searched the crowd and drew a blank. 'Where are you Paul?' And then back at the cafe he confesses. I have been gilted myself. He took off early, and was way ahead of the pack at every stop. What did I do to deserve this?
I'm over here John :) lmao Was a lovely mornings ride.. NO RAIN AND WARM