Summer is here.
With a little bit of heat, the riders were out. It was forecasted to be 30 degrees and we had over double that number with 63 riders out.
Unfortunately I had some problems with my camera, so no photos. So please post any photos you may have taken.
We had three rides on today, the SOB and two brand new rides. The first was a double loop of Williamstown for a 67km ride. The other was up and past the Warren Dam and the up over Martins Hill Road for a longer ride. Thanks to Geraint for planning these two routes. Both were really enjoyed and if anyone else has a route they would like to try out, please let us know.
We had two new riders out today, John and Angela. John is currently living and working in France and is home on holidays. He wanted to have a ride and was happily surprised by the Wheelers.
He took on the Williamstown loops and commented, “When I ride in France all the Europeans go on about how good they are at climbing. I’ll tell you what, I’ve changed my mind, everyone here was strong on the hills”.
Angela also took on the Williamstown loops and came away with smiles, “ I’ll be back”.
The trip down the SOB was again a good ride.
The trip down was pretty fast with a tail wind blowing us effectively to the end. We knew the return trip would be a bit more of a drag, but good team work fixed that. Being Derby Day, Mark F took the lead from the start, and being a proven stayer over that distance showed a clear set of cleats to everyone. Keith was also amongst it,really showing good form. In the end we were back at the Bakery well before 10.
The only concern with this ride was the state of the weeds. They are getting out of control with the turnip weed over the bikeway at places. The worst was at the bridge near the end where the weed was covering over half of the path. The whole bikeway needs attention.
The Williamstown loop crew also had a good ride. The wind did play a bit of havoc at times, but was their best friend on the final leg along Balmoral Road. All in all everyone on that ride enjoyed the change of route and new challenge. Great stuff. ( please note Dave did get the directions right in the end)
The ride up to Martins Hill Road had a solid number taking it on. There were plenty of hills to get the legs pumping. Being a new ride, there was a few that missed a turn or two, but in the end everyone got back safe and sound.
The hard luck story of the day goes to Simon who not only broke a spoke, but also had his rear tyre blow off his wheel. In the end he got back safely.
Although there were no incidents today, one of our regular riders did have a fall on the SOB during the week. As you travel south, the corner just before Penfield Road, the SOB turns at right angles. They came off here, but are fine with only some bruises and scratches. So please be careful at this turn, and when you are on the SOB.
At the ride brief I mentioned the move from the Homemakers centre to Pioneer Park/ Visitors Information Centre (VIC). We are finding the traffic around the centre getting heavier and heavier, which will only increase with the new developments nearing completion.
Council is in the process of upgrading the facilities at the VIC to create a cycling hub. This will have shade, showers, bike lock up, lockers etc. The renovations should be completed by early new year. Post ride, there is also a Farmers Market on a Saturday morning with plenty of food etc, plus the Exchange Hotel as well. Coupled with the beautiful surrounds of Pioneer Park, it will be great place to start and finish our rides. We had been planning to make the move first thing January, but a lot of feedback today indicated it would be good to move earlier, so we are aiming for the first ride in December. Should be a good move.
It is good to back on the Adelaide Cyclist Website. We will be using the site for our ride reports and posting upcoming events. We will also continue with the facebook page for more regular ‘conversations’
Thanks to Gus for establishing and maintaining it for so long. Also to the Bicycle Institution of SA for taking on the role of managing the site. Well done everyone
Until next week
Gawler Wheelers: Winners of the Gawler Australia Day Community Group of the Year Award 2013
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