Hot week, then rain.
It’s been a very trying week, with temperatures up over 40 degrees. This saps your energy and it’s very difficult to get a ride in. Add in Christmas lunches and a lazy Boxing Day, it was no wonder so many turned out for a ride. The temperature had dropped and rain was in the offing, so when it came time to roll out we had just on 40 ready to go.
We had one ride on, out to Williamstown via Cockatoo Valley, across to Kersbrook and then returning via Yettie Road and the Barossa Valley Way. 65 kms and 774 m of climbing. So a good moderate ride to get everyone moving again.
The first part of the ride was all ok, but soon there was some rain. Not too heavy, and as it was still warm, not really an issue. It rained on and off all the way to Williamstown.
Here is a selection of the riders getting in to Williamstown.
Brad, Craig and Glen.
Ian (sprinting), Dom, Mic and Bec.
Mic, Dom and Bec.
Linda, Paula, Andrea and Kate.
Peter and Paul.
Richie and Brendon.
Wayne, with his new frame and upgraded running gear.
It looked like everyone had taken the opportunity to get a ride in with many groups riding in the opposite direction. The group also caught up with Team Barossa who were making their way to Springton than back to Tanunda. It was a great opportunity for many to get in some preparation for the TDU community ride.
The section across to Kersbrook was fine. There are a few rises you need to get up and over, but in the main it’s undulating. There had been some rain so the road was a bit damp, but not really a problem as everyone rode to the conditions.
It was decided to head straight back to Gawler from there as it was essentially downhill and notionally with a tailwind, so no need for a regroup at Williamstown, although some had a brief stop so they could form up small bunches and have a good drink of water.
The final leg back to Gawler was all fine, although the road did look a bit wet. A smaller bunch had decided to only ride to Williamstown as an abridged version of the ride. As they waited to head back they checked the rain clouds and felt they could get back between downpours. Unfortunately this didn’t quite work out as they were caught in a downpour and given every one had their summer kit on, it really stung.
For the main group there was only one flat tyre, and with support, it was fixed pretty quickly and everyone was back rolling along.
In the end, everyone was back safe and sound back in Gawler for a bit of socialising at the Exchange Hotel.
Thanks to Dave H. for being the ride leader and Kate for TEC. The ride just rolled along.
Here is Kate dolling out the jelly snakes at Kersbrook, just the ticket!
We had one new rider out on the day, Dom on his recumbent.
Dom was visiting from Sydney and had planned to do a number of audax rides during the week, ie up to 600 kms. Due to the hot weather, the rides were cancelled so Dom checked out the Wheelers Facebook page and joined in our ride. Dom is a very experienced rider and fitted in very well with the bunch riding etc.
Back at the Exchange we had our appreciation awards.
Firstly to Kevin.
Kevin is a real stalwart of the group and supports everyone on the rides.
And Brad. Brad is always volunteering to be TEC which he has done many times. He also supports everyone on the rides. Well done.
Also thanks to Brendon who provided two discount vouchers for purchasing ID bracelets. An ID bracelet is an essential part of everyone's cycling kit.
So another great morning out with the Wheelers. With the heat we have had, it was a very pleasant surprise to get a cool morning to ride in. It was great to get out in the fresh air and get the body moving. The festive season can really be slothful.
So the last ride for the year and a happy new year to all and looking forward to a fun cycling year in 2019 . It kicks off with the Women’s TDU on the 10th Jan and then the Men’s TDU on the 13th. A great place to be with the international focus on SA.
Until next week
Gawler Wheelers: Winners of the Gawler Australia Day Community Group of the Year Award 2013