Good run had by all.
As usual we had three rides on offer, with 28 riders out to enjoy the day. The short ride was out to Virginia, 51kms and 157 m of climbing. The middle ride was down to Salisbury, then up to Blacktop Road before heading over to One Tree Hill and home. The big ride included Lyndoch, Williamstown, back of Checkers Hill before returning to Gawler via Kersbrook, 79 kms and 1084 m of climbing. After some discussion, and with very few opting for the Salisbury ride, plus the fact the group inevitably gets lost on this route , it was decided to ditch that ride. So some serious hills, or a quicker ride out on the flat.
At the ride and safety brief, Dave mentioned the need to call an ambulance last weekend when one rider had a medical issue. He reiterated that if there is a problem of this type, the group will err on the side of caution and call an ambulance as soon as possible .
The longer ride headed off first, so they could get into ticking off the Ks. They quickly made it out to Lyndoch and then on to Williamstown for their first big regroup. From there the real climbing started with the climb up to the Warren Dam.
Here is some of the group reaching the top.
Once over that climb they made their way across to the base of Checkers Hill. They had a regroup here, just to make sure everyone was ready to take on the climb.
As usual it’s a bit of a challenge, with everyone digging deep and making it up. Here is the group at the top getting their breath back and preparing for the quick rundown.
The next regroup was at Kersbrook and chance to hydrate and take on a few jelly snakes. The group then had one last climb to get over, as they headed off to Gawler. This is a steep climb, but once you have conquered it, you know it’s more or less a downhill run to Gawler.
At the base of the run down is the Humbug Scrub roundabout, which has really improved the safety on this road.
In the end a great ride, no issues at all. Thanks to Dave for being the ride captain, and Kate for taking on the role of TEC and supplying the jelly snakes.
The shorter ride also had a great time of it. On the SOB and then Angle Vale Road they were greatly assisted by a tail wind so had a very quick run all the way to Virginia.
It was also good to see Ken out again ( first on left side of picture, and next to Dave P). He does a fair bit of track racing and their training sessions are on a Saturday morning, so coming out to the Wheelers can be a bit a problem.
At the stop, it was decided to take an alternative route back to the SOB. Usually the route is via Penfield Road. This is a very unpleasant road to ride on as it is pitted with potholes, usually a lot of traffic and build up on gravel in places. It was decided to loop back a bit and use Wooma West and then Taylors Road. Both had pretty good surfaces and best of all, little traffic. Thanks to Dave P for pointing out this alternative route.
Once back on the SOB it was then a struggle against the wind. To help make it a bit easy, riders took turns leading bunches, so it wasn’t too much of an issue. You can always expect some wind, one way or another when you ride on the SOB!
So in the end , the group got back nice an early, just as the Exchange Hotel was opening. Well done everyone.
This week’s recognition awards goes to two stalwarts of the group. Kate and Kevin.
Kate had put her hand up to be the TEC of the middle ride, and when it was decided not to run it, agreed to be the TEC for the longer ride. This was in spite of Kate being off the bike for a month or so,( on hols), and with the ride including some serious climbing, she did a great job in the role. The Wheelers success revolves around people volunteering to take on different roles, which Kate does in spades, including initiating the TEC roster, which ensures rides have the support they need.
Kevin has been a member of the Wheelers right from the beginning. He has had a bit of a break from riding, but is back out with the Wheelers. From today’s ride, leading out a bunch on the SOB, it looks like he’s never been off the bike. Well done
We had one new rider out this morning Jarrod. Jarrod rides to work on a regular basis, so has good bike fitness, although this was the first time he had ridden in a group. He fitted in very well and the distance and pace was not an issue as he took on the ride to Virginia.
So another great morning out.
And a reminder that next Saturday’s ride is our anything goes ride, so maybe bring out that old steely that’s been sitting in the shed for a while, or your mountain bike, to take on the SOB. Also think about dressing up in a costume to impress, it should be a lot of fun as usual.
Until next week
Gawler Wheelers: Winners of the Gawler Australia Day Community Group of the Year Award 2013