History of the club

Poole Wheelers was established on 10th November 1926, and is currently celebrating 90 years of existence!

Poole Wheelers are very lucky to have a detailed record of our early club history, in the form of Harold Cribb’s memoirs, which covers the period from the club’s formation on 10th November 1926 through to 1986, and a more recent history written to cover the 1990s and part of the 2000s.

You can view complete race stats and past trophy winners on our results website.

We will update this page with a more complete hall of fame list in near future.

Sam Wadsley 2017 Silver at the Junior National Closed Circuit Time Trial championship at Thruxton with a time of 25:06, and Bronze in the Best British All-Rounder (BBAR) Junior Boys category with an impressive average speed of 29.406mph. He also came fourth overall in the Chris Boardman Trophy the same year. In 2017 Sam snatched three club TT records for 10/25/50 miles. Now rides for Primera TeamJobs.
Becky Raybould 2016 World Champion in Junior Scratch Race, Bronze in the the junior women’s team pursuit together with GB team mates Eleanor Dickinson, Lauren Dolan, and Jessica Roberts, at the 2016 UEC Track Juniors and U23 European Championship, and Bronze in junior women’s points race. Nominated for British Cycling’s ride of the year in 2016. Now rides for Team Breeze and Great Britain Cycling Team in the women’s endurance squad.

Becky in Switzerland winning her world title in 2016
Alex Jolliffe Now rides for Team Terminator and British Cycling’s senior academy programme.
Ali Fielding British Cycling development squad
Gary Dighton Prolific cyclist and highly successful on the British time trial scene during the 1990s. In 1990 he won the British Best All-Rounder with an average speed of 26.216mph, he broke the competition record for the 25-mile time trial in 1991 with a time of 48.07, and rode in the team time trial at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. He was a close friend of people in the club and joined Poole Wheelers in 2010 after a 12-year retirement. Poole Wheelers organise an annual Open Time Trial in his memory.
Rob Jefferies Bronze medalist at the British National Derny Champion in 1999, and Bronze medalist in the Keirin at the British National Track Championships in 1993.

Rob Jefferies in the old Poole Wheelers kit
Terry Icke
Sybil Mayer Became the first Ladies Association champion
Andy Sawyer National Schoolboy Champion, 1974
Ernie Holmwood Won the 1933 National Pursuit title at Herne Hill with Bill Harvell
Bill Harvell Competed in the Los Angeles Olympics in 1932 and won a Bronze medal in the 4000m team pursuit (read the full account on Marguerite Wilson – The First Star of Women’s Cycling website). He also finished 3rd in the 1934 British Empire Games 10 miles scratch, and fifth in the 1934 British Empire Games track time trial (full results).

Charlie Holland, Frank Southall, Bill Harvell & E. Johnson – Bronze 4000m (from William Wilson’s book about Marguerite Wilson)

Club Presidents

  • 1926-1943 L.E. James
  • 1944-1947 W.A. Dightam
  • 1948-1949 H. Cribb
  • 1950-1953 E.G. Speck
  • 1954-1955 A. Rothwell
  • 1956-1959 R.F. Russell
  • 1960-1964 J. Jefferies
  • 1965-1969 A. Smith
  • 1970-1971 R. Mills
  • 1972-1975 P. Beckley
  • 1976-1986 H. Cribb
  • 1987-2000 J. Jefferies
  • 2001-2014 C. Price
  • 2015-2017 Ros Spencer
  • 2018 – current: Graham Hurst