Gawler Wheelers-ROUTE23-Gawler-Freeling-Kapunda-Tarlee-Templers-Wasleys-Gawler-HILLS

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Gawler Wheelers-ROUTE23-Gawler-Freeling-Kapunda-Tarlee-Templers-Wasleys-Gawler-HILLS

Time: April 14, 2012 from 7:30am to 12:30pm
Location: Gawler SA (It's not that far!)
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Phone: 0437 810 085
Event Type: gawler_wheelers, gw_route23, gw_group_ride, gw_hills
Organised By: Frank (GW)
Latest Activity: Feb 26, 2013

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Event Description

Event Date : 14-Apr-2012

Start/Finish Gawler Park Homemaker Centre (located here with info here) 485 Main North Rd Evanston, SA, 5116

Info Distance : Approx 108 km Duration : 4 to 5 Hours Elevation : Undulating then Hills Surface : Bitumen Suitability : Hill climbers Ride Style : Social ride (not training ride) Pace (ave) : 25 to 30 km/h Attendance : Please RSVP Departure : 7:30am sharp (be there by at least 7:10am for ride briefing) Route Map : Refer 'COMMENT WALL' below GPS : ROUTE23.GPX - ROUTE23.KML

Note This event will be run concurrently on the same day at the same time with another Gawler Wheelers event.

Ride Details A predominately undulating ride, with one major hill climb, starting in Gawler and finishing in Gawler.

After leaving Gawler, the ride joins onto the Gawler Bypass before linking up with the Gawler-Kapunda Rd for the straight run out towards Freeling.

A left turn at Gray St leads to Freeling's town centre where it will be possible to have a short break.

Exiting Freeling along Hanson St leads back to the Gawler-Kapunda Rd for the long haul out to Kapunda where another short break will be mandatory.

Exiting Kapunda via Clare Rd leads to the Tarlee-Kapunda Rd where the one major climb of the route begins before the downhill run into the small township of Tarlee.

The Main North Rd (or Highway 32) takes the route due south to Templers where a right turn onto Wasleys Rd is made.

The ride continues in a westerly direction to Wasleys before returning to Gawler via Kangaroo Flat along Mallala Rd, passing Roseworthy College along the way.

Mallala Rd eventually becomes Redbanks Rd and a right turn at the large roundabout leads back to the Gawler Bypass via a short section of Weyland Rd.

The Two Wells Rd exit from the Gawler Bypass signifies the last section of the ride and the return into Gawler.

The Gawler Wheelers Group Ride Guidelines and Group Ride Recommendations must be read prior to attending a Group Ride Event.

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Comment by dan on April 13, 2012 at 14:21

Would of loved to come for a ride on saturday, but working afternoons so would be cutting the times to short. Enjoy your ride

Comment by Nick on April 12, 2012 at 23:35

Won't be able to make it as son has footy again on sat morning. Enjoy the ride, weather looks fantastic!

Comment by john mills on April 11, 2012 at 20:08

Just had a ride around part of the route today. Freeling - Kapunda - Tarlee - Templers - Freeling. 62km and about 17.5km/hr average Glorious weather for it. Not hot and a gentle Northerly of about 5 knots.

As I thought, the hills are not too steep. Did not get lower than about 3rd gear I think, and many climbs quite gentle, in 8th gear of the old 10 speed bike. Around 19km/hr. Steepest climbs were between Freeling and Kapunda where I was down to about 13km/hr at some spots.

I was concerned about safety before I headed out. There were many B double tipper trucks from the copper mine / quarry near Kapunda. The road between Freeling and Kapunda is not really wide enough, between the two solid white lines on each side, for a bike, a B double and a car all passing at the same moment. And because of the amount of traffic in both directions, and the number of trucks, I made use of the metre wide bitumen for the whole 20km to Kapunda. Those big tippers can sneak up on you with little warning, so I just kept it simple and safe and stayed off the main section of the road.

There was a lot less traffic between Kapunda and Tarlee, so I was able to keep my ears listening for cars from behind a lot easier. But again there was a widish sealed verge, and so I made use of it whenever a car passed - in either direction.

Although it was quite dangerous for the first km or a bit more out of Kapunda. No sealed verge at all combined with an old very narrow road. So when I could see two cars about to coincide with me I had to head for the dirt!

Then the road changed to a newly laid surface, much wider, and with a good sized sealed verge. But quite a rough surface and not too pleasant to ride on.

Nice fast run down to Tarlee for the last 5 or 6 km. Not a lot of traffic, and sealed verge for safety.

The main north ride was quite good as far as safety goes. It had the widest sealed verge of the trip. I rode on this for the whole trip to Templers. But I did get a fright at one point where I had drifted fairly close to the white line and a big semi went flying past at the same moment! There was only about a metre clearance, maybe less, which is not a lot with a big semi towering over the top!

Hope this review is of some help to those contemplating it on Saturday.

Comment by Darren on April 11, 2012 at 1:28

I'm in the same boat Michael - can't see being back home by noon-ish...

Comment by john mills on April 10, 2012 at 20:39

oops. Silly me! You never said you rode your bike home via Tarlee. For some reason that's the way I took it. Must still have some of those awsome stories playing on my mind! lol

Comment by john mills on April 10, 2012 at 14:20

Hey Pete, did you drive up to Auburn, and Kate drive the car home and you ride home solo on the tandem. Or did you do the Reisling trail starting from Adeliade? Got me intrigued what you get up to on ur bike!

Comment by Michael Wetherley on April 10, 2012 at 11:17

I think time might be an issue for this one really need to be home by 12.30 hmm...

Comment by Ricky on April 10, 2012 at 11:09

So is the road from Kapunda to Tarlee following the route of this years TDU Stage 1 and the KOM?

Comment by john mills on April 10, 2012 at 10:34

But not too steep hills hey? I used to live just north of Tarlee for fifteen years. So know the road pretty well. Mainly form a car though! Used to ride back to Adelaide through Tarlee on a Friday night and don't remember having any great issues. Mind you I was only in my early twenties. At that age it's a lot easier LOL. Am hoping to get out there for another look this week. Hopefully later today. Plan to start at Freeling and go up to Kapunda, across to Tarlee and back to Freeling. Probably in the cool of the evening, after the rush hour traffic up the Kapunda Road has thinned out.

Comment by Pete (repeats ?) Roberts on April 9, 2012 at 23:13

I took a trip up the Riesling trail with Kate on our Tandem today (Monday) and came home via Tarlee. There are lots of hills on that return trip.

Just saying :)......

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