Great day for a ride.
What a week can make to your enjoyment on your bike. Last week it was windy, rainy and for one ride, dusty. This week it was near perfect conditions.
There were two rides on. The medium ride was out to Springton return, 77km and 960 m of climbing. The longer ride was more challenging. It took in Williamstown, Birdwood, Gumeracha, the back of Checkers Hill, Kersbrook, then back to Gawler. 91km and 1226 m of climbing.
Again the first task for the day was the safety brief.
It was reported that one of our members had a collision with a car during the week. It was a ‘slow motion’ collision, so injuries were relatively minor. The bike didn’t fare so well, and will need to be replaced. Safety first.
Mention was made that the first part of the ride was in to the direction of the sun as it gets higher in the sky, and activities around Williamstown This included road works and that there was a whole of town garage sale, so more cars to watch out for.
The longer ride had an earlier start with the ride brief at 6.45am and rolling at 7am. This was to make sure the ride wouldn’t take up the whole morning and finished before any heat kicked in.
There were two, Simon and Greg who were up for the ride, plus Rob who had slightly mixed up the times and rolled out at 6.45, so was essentially a few minutes in front of Simon and Greg all the way around.
Simon and Greg headed off and decided to go straight though to Birdwood for a quick stop and fill their bidons.
From there they headed down the Onkaparinga Valley Road towards Mt Torren. About half way along they turned right and travelled up Burfords Hill Road which is a steady climb with a small pinch to get up. They then took in Gumeracha, before taking on the steepest bit of the ride, the climb up the back of Checkers. Next was Kersbrook, and another steady climb until the peak at Mt Gawler. From there it was a steady run down back to Gawler.
The lads kept it down to only two stops, and were back at the Exchange Hotel before the middle ride retuned, so kept the ride rolling along. Thanks to Simon for taking on the role of Ride Captain. Well done.
The middle ride had 22 riders out for a challenge.
They headed off, making good time all the way to Williamstown for the first regroup. As predicted, the town was very busy with bargain hunters at the different garage sales.
Just before Williamstown there was a flat, with Scott, the TEC , stopping to help with the repair.
After a break and a quick hello to Team Barossa, who were also out and about, the group head off to Springton.
Brad, Glen and Kate.
Brendan, Bec, Ian and Tim
Mic, Ashley and Peter etc
The run up to Springton is a steady climb for a lot of the way, and then it plateaus out and has a quick descent into Springton.
Everyone was fine, and happy to get to the turn-around point
The return trip was all about the climb out of Springton. Everyone took on the climb at their own pace, and it wasn’t too long before there was a string of riders right up the hill. Once over the first climb, and back on top of the plateau, the road undulates. At the 50 km mark, the climbing was more or less over, so essentially a downhill run back to Gawler.
There was a final stop at Williamston to fill our bidons and have a short regroup. By this time the sun had come out and the temperature starting to rise, so good to have a short break.
The final section, included Yettie Road and a short climb, before the quick run down to Williamstown Road, through Sandy Creek and back to Gawler. Everyone was fine and making great time, although one person had a flat just out of Sandy Creek.
A big thanks to Scott who took on the role as TEC. He did a great job supporting all the riders, and had a big bag of jelly snakes.
It was great to see Mic out again after his accident. He had been out a bit getting his fitness up and he rode very strongly. Plus he has a brand new bike, with all the go-gear.
Back at the Exchange it was great to get together and share the ride and socialise.
It was great to see Caren, who had come for a drink. She couldn’t make the ride this morning, but did the SOB ride on Wednesday. It was also good to catch up with Keith, hopefully he will be out again soon.
It was also the time for our recognition awards.
Firstly Scott, who was the TEC for today, and also supports others on every ride he is one. Well done.
The second award went to Ian.
Ian has taken his riding to the next level. He took on last week’s big ride and did it comfortably. Today he was strong across the whole ride. Great stuff.
So another great ride with the Wheelers. The weather was near perfect, and the two distances just right for those who rode.
Cheers Paul K.
Gawler Wheelers: Winners of the Gawler Australia Day Community Group of the Year Award 2013