Number of GW Riders today : CIRCA 46
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Hi all. I am filling in for Paul and David today as they have other commitments. Great to be back!
In fact, Paul led a group of GW Members to Two Wells to join Kerryn Harvey on her START FOUNDATION charity ride to the RAH. Paul and the GW crew will tell you more about that when they get back to Gawler later today.
Meanwhile, another group of 35 GW Members enjoyed a fabulous GW Group 58 km ride on an awesome Autumn morning to Wasleys and Freeling. The weather was perfect. A nice temp, little wind and the usual wonderful GW comradeship to make it a most enjoyable morning on the bike.
Stay tuned.................... as those who rode today tell you a lot more about today’s GW Experience.
PS >>> all comments on the next two week’s GW ride reports go into the draw to WIN a $25 CAFÉ FARINA VOUCHER!!! All AC and GW Members can enter!!
NEXT WEEK: We head way up into the HILLs again. Ride details will be posted on AC Events and YOU are welcome to attend!
***PS: WE did have a couple of GW Members mis-behaving this morning, ie who attempted to copy Peter Sagan re parking their bikes when they got back home. We do not condone or support this!
Peter Sagan parking his bike on the roof of his car
Newbie Charlie getting ready for his first group ride. He only got his first bike yesterday. Unfortunately he had a couple of mechanicals and did not complete the ride. Pays to deal with only your LBS↓
Tom at the start... bragging that he had already been up Yorketown Road and hit 70kph coming down Kentish Road↓
Doug back out with us after a foot operation two months ago↓
Brett, you need new tyres!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!↓
SHOWDOWN WEEKEND! Hope your team wins tomorrow!!↓
We love Rowdy riding with us….and his arm-warmers!↓
The GAWLER WHEELERS Macho Men: Carmen, Gareth and Dale↓
Hannah (L) on her epic fund-raising ride↓
Newbie Charlie with today’s wonderful TEC Paul↓
More GAWLER WHEELERS HUNKS….Gundi and Brad↓
GW recommend these platinum earrings for a Mother's Day gift↓
Glen riding into the metropolis of Wasleys↓
Followed by powerful Paul and mighty Mick↓
Craig (R) ......trying to explain again why he was 15 minutes late this morning! Tell us again why Craig???↓
We had 4 re-group stops this morning. They are important to GW as they provide an opportunity for the slower riders to catch up, to have a nice chat …....AND also to enjoy the view.↓
Finally, we leave you with a clip of one of our GW Members singing an Elvis song to his cockatoos. As you will see one of the cockatoos likes Elvis, ..............the other not so much! (The last minute is just MAGIC!)
Gawler Wheelers is all about comradeship, fun, fitness and chasing our dreams. Join the GW group on AC. Come on our rides. Until next week >> Cheers for now...Frank.
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OH JUZ.....we were so000 looking forward to seeeing you this morning!!
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Here is a nice cup of tea for you Juz ...hope it makes you feel better.
Juz ....recovering from her migraine. (Thanks for the pic Juz...get better soon).
Did look for you Juz.
Wouldn't stress to much it all works out in the end, nothing you can do anyway. Just have a rant then a drink and move on.
Tradies understand they deal with it all the time
Cheers Juz. Hope you are feeling better now?
From what I saw today every one seems to have taken on board the importance of being aware of traffic and other riders. The calls were loud and clear.
I ended up in a few different groups on the ride and observed the dropping off of the front rider, to the back of the pack was smooth and organized, making the riding in a pack a lot safer and more predictable.
Fred, thanks for the RIDE SAFETY REPORT. Agree that it was a very clean ride saftey wise with really excellent calling re cars etc.
Also it was great to see Tash, and the 15 guys who stopped to help her, get right off the road when she got the flat.
Ride to the RAH, Saturday the 2nd of May 2015.
This morning a group from the Wheelers rode across to Two Wells to support and then accompany the Ride to the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RHA).
The ride is being run by the START Foundation. The short story is, Kerryn Harvey, an avid cyclist, had an accident in Adelaide a few years ago while on holiday. From an essentially minor accident she contracted a rare flesh eating bacteria that threatened to be fatal . After wonderful care by the RAH, and unfortunately losing her right arm and shoulder, she survived. The START Foundation was then formed, with an express aim of helping people with disabilities achieve their sporting dream.
This ride is part of their fund raising efforts, going from Perth to Melbourne, to raise funds for the RAH and other recipients.
The long of the story is, the group has travelled over 2700kms so far, in all weather conditions , with long days in the saddle over the last four weeks. (As an aside, across eleven riders, and all that distance, there have been no flat tyres!)
As Kerryn said “ It’s been an epic adventure up to now and still another leg to go to Melbourne. Today is a very exciting, as we are so close to reaching the RAH.”
Kerryn rides a tandem with Renee Brogan as pilot.
“ We’ve named the bike Wagstaff after my surgeon Dr Wagstaff, and today he will be meeting us here in Two Wells and will ride in with us. And his bike is named after me, so it will be quite emotional”
The ride in to the RAH was very well organised. There was a lead vehicle as well as a sag wagon. The Smudge Monkees riding group were also represented , and with Sarah and Mark , knowing the roads into town, led the peleton.
We had plenty of time to reach the RAH as the planned time of arrival was 2pm. We negotiated our way through the traffic and at times rough surfaces, until we reached the top of Frome Road. From here we received a police escort, as we rolled in to the RAH spot on time.
It was a very emotional welcome from RAH staff, friends and family. A job well done up to here.
It was great being part of such a special event. Kerryn and her group have worked so hard to raise desperately needed funds, and up to now have raised over $70,000 with a $40,000 cheque being presented today to the RAH . They are endeavouring to raise more funds on the ride, and if you visit their web site you can follow their adventures.
Our involvement was greatly appreciated, as a show of support from the cycling community.
We ended the day with a great ride back from town, rounding off over a 100km trip. Although Linda did get tangled up with a fence, but I will let her explain what happened.
So well done to everyone who was part of the day. Linda, Haydn, Norm, Peter, Ramsey, Andrew, Andrea and Kevin It was a great cause to support, with a great bunch of friends.
Cheers Paul K.
The GW crew at Two Wells Haydn, Norm, Linda, Paul, Kerryn, Ramsey, Peter, Renee, Kevin and Andrea.
Janette Todd, with Linda and Kerryn, Renee and Andrea, paying a fee for ‘ turning up late’.
Kerryn and Renee amongst the welcoming crowd at the RAH.
Paul, thanks for the great report.
Excellent support and representation from the Gawler Wheelers. Well done to all those who participated. Look forward to your individaul reports.
Out of interest what routes did you take to get to the RAH, and then also back home? Imagine the traffic would have been quite heavy?
The presentation at the RAH
PS....I note that Kerryn's group got to TW before you!
Hi Frank, yes it was a bit of a challenge getting into the RAH. We went down Port Wakefield Rd, then crossed over in to Cavan Road, then eventually down Prospect Road. It's quite tricky negotiating through all that traffic.
To get back home we essentially retraced our route, although along Port Wakefield turned up Salisbury Highway and then past the DSTO etc. Much more pleasant being off the main roads.
I wouldn't want to be riding in that traffic each week, better out in the country.
Few people in this one. Enjoy.