Youth Season Review 2017

Some of the youth training at Bournemouth Velodrome

It’s been a busy 2017 for the youth riders of the club on the track and road.

Icebeakers in Newport
It all started back in January with the National Icebreakers in Newport. We had many riders competing across the 3 weekends gaining some awesome results showing off the club colours. These riders were Oliver P, Digby, Jamie, Charlotte, Tom and Lucy.

National Youth Circuit Series
The National Youth Circuit Series got under way at Hog Hill. This series carried on throughout the summer months with some riders travelling across the country from London to the Isle of Man, Morecambe and Lancaster, Hillingdon, Stirling and finally Scarborough. Some really tough racing for our riders, gaining huge amounts of experience with Lucy finishing 4th overall against the country’s best U16 Girls.

We also had Tom and Jamie travel down to Devon for some regional youth racing both achieving highly each event and doing the club very proud!

Lucy at the North West Youth Tour

Here is Jamie racing hard at Castle Combe

Easter brought around a few big races for the youth riders with Lucy competing in the Youth Tour of Scotland for the South and then many racing at the Castle Combe Easter Classic. In fact, we had a rider in nearly every age category!

Youth Omniums
April also brought the first of the regional youth omniums in Portsmouth, followed by Brighton and of course Poole Wheelers very own event at Bournemouth Velodrome. Our event was incredibly well organised by Simon and Michelle Pettifer which made for the most enjoyable omnium yet! Thanks again to all the sponsors too!

Our riders competing in these included Jamie, Charlie P, Oliver P, Digby, Patrick, Thom-Eidar, Charlotte, Tom, Lucy, Dan, Oliver G, Oliver T, Evie, Ben and Charlie A. For some of our riders it was their first ever race and they sure did everyone proud!

Ollie T and Thom-Eidar having fun at the PW Omnium

Ollie P & Digby ready to go

U10’s waiting for their next race

Tom setting off for the point’s race

Ben in his match sprint

Charlotte in her match sprint
Dan in a breakaway
Our new gazebo looked amazing

Not only was the team spirit high, but the talent was clearly recognised with Jamie, Oliver G, Evie, Lucy, Oliver P and Charlie P all gaining podium spots across the three rounds.

Evie 1st U10 girl

Ollie G 2nd U10 boy

Ollie P 2nd U12 boy

Jamie 3rd U14 boy at Preston Park

Lucy was 1st U16 girl at every event

Jamie and Lucy earned enough points to qualify for the National Omnium Final at Herne Hill. Both showed the PW colours with strength and determination among the country’s best riders.

Local Circuit Leagues
Throughout the summer we had a number of leagues that our youth riders were attending such as Odd Down, Goodwood, Thruxton, Portsmouth circuits and the Winchester Park and Rides.

Tom 3rd in Portsmouth

Lucy riding up in the women’s race at Goodwood

Winchester Criterium included the Southern Regional Road Championships again this year with storming rides from the youngsters including a podium finish from Oliver G, and a top 5 from Charlie P and Jamie along with all our youths giving it 100%.

Lucy top left & Jamie bottom right

Prudential Youth Grand Prix

The summer was a big one for our riders. Lucy and Jamie both competed in the London Prudential Youth Grand Prix at the Olympic Park for the South Team. First time in a team for Jamie and both performing to their best as always.

Tour of Assen
Tour of Assen for Tom, Jamie, Oliver G, Ben, Oliver P and Charlie P gave some great experience in Holland and some of the toughest racing yet! There’s a great article written by Jamie on our website.

At the same time as Assen, Lucy was racing in the National Youth Track Championships in Newport, a long draining week but plenty of experience gained each day. As we came to the end of the long season we had the UK School Games finals for Lucy and the rest of Team South. She and the other girls raced brilliantly gaining 3rd overall after the short crit races and 3rd by a fraction of a second in a gruelling team time trial.  Lucy herself gained 2nd in the sprints day and 8th in her final youth road race.

Tom at the start of the 60 lap scratch race

Inter-Regional Track Championships
Our final track race for the youth was for Tom and Lucy in the Inter-Regional Track Championships up in Glasgow. Both doing their bit for the team in a tough weekend of racing.

Time Trials
Many of the youth riders have taken part in time trials too over the summer and there are details of those on our Time Trial page. Three riders – Tom, Jamie and Izzy – recently won their categories at the National Closed Circuit competition. So watch this space for further wins.

Dan, Jamie, Izzy, Ben & Tom after their fantastic rides

What a year it has been for all our youth riders with ups and downs for everyone. It’s all learning and amazing experience, and a big thank you to all the organisers and volunteers at all the events across the country.



And not forgetting Graham our coach and the parents for the constant support and encouragement throughout the season. Thank you!

Graham on his track bike at Bournemouth joining in our fun!

Written by Lucy Gadd
Junior Ladies Captain (2016–17)


Annual General Meeting 2017

Reminder to Poole Wheelers members that our 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) is this Friday, 27th October.

It will be held at the Coach & Horses pub in Wimbourne (Poole Road, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1QB) starting at 19:00 (7pm) followed by skittles. Please come along and voice your opinion on how the club is doing or suggestions of what else we could do!


  1. Attendance / Apologies RH
  2. Minutes of Previous Meeting (PDF) HP
  3. Welcome / club update / chairman’s report HP
  4. Suggested a mendments to club constitution GH
  5. Treasurers overview (Report to follow) RS
  6. Election of Committee Members GH
  7. Voting for club person of the year (announced at club dinner)) ALL
  8. Any other Business ALL


  • RH – Rachel Hadley (secretary)
  • HP – Howard Pankhurst (Chairman)
  • RS – Ros Spencer (President)
  • GH – Graham Hurst (club coach)

Committee / Club Positions to be elected

  • President
  • Chairperson
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Road Secretary
  • TT Secretary
  • Men’s Captain
  • Women’s Captain
  • Junior Captain (ladies)
  • Junior Captain (Boys)
  • Club Welfare officers
  • Webmaster
  • Results secretary
  • Road Race representative
  • Committee members (general)

Calshot track training Saturday 4th November

We have the following dates booked at Calshot track – as you can see the 1st and last session are later !!! sorry

Sat 4th November 13.30 – 16.30

Sat 2nd December 13.30 – 16.30

Sat 6th January 13.30 – 16.30

Sat 3rd February 12.30 – 15.30

Sat 3rd March 17.00 – 20.00

So Next Session is 4th November

These sessions are – not just turn up on the day you need to book in advance – I will review those who want to attend d confirm your place prior to the session.- we are limited to 20 places.

If you want to ride on the 4th November – Please e-mail

We are as previous years running these sessions with Andrew Pitt and riders from Palmer Park.

Cost will be £6.00 for the session – if you need to hire a bike it is approx another £10.00 – sorry ( a bit cheaper for youth riders)

If you want to ride please can you e-mail me by Monday the 23rd October


Annual dinner and presentation evening 2017

After another successful season of cycling, it is now time to celebrate our members’ achievements at the Club Annual Dinner and Presentation Evening. The venue this year is the Salterns Habourside Hotel at Liliput, where we look forward to great food, a few words from our speaker, the trophy presentations and a prize raffle.

If you and/or your family/friends would like to attend, please complete the slip at the bottom of the menu (page two) with your name(s) and choices from the menu. Please return the slip by Friday 3rd November at the latest, payment is by bank transfer only this year. The price is £25 per adult and £15 for children. Bank details: sort code: 30-96-73, account number 57784268, all payments will need a reference, please put ‘Din followed by your surname (e.g. Din Valentine) Please note that tickets will not be issued but I will confirm receipt via email.

The slips can be returned Ros, Graham or Mark Valentine (, payment must be received to confirm your booking.

The Salterns Habourside Hotel is also offering a discounted overnight stay, bed and breakfast £79 based on 2 people sharing. If there is an additional person in the room this will be charged at £15, unless under 5 years old. Please contact the hotel direct to book, stating it’s for the ‘Poole Wheelers Presentation evening. 01202 707321

We would welcome raffle prize donations and if you are happy to donate, please contact me or any Poole Wheelers committee member.

We hope you can join us in celebrating our achievements!

Salterns Habourside Hotel
BH14 8JR

Saturday 18th November 2017
19:00 for 19:30 seated

Menu reply slip


Calshot – Winter Track Sessions

We have the following dates booked at Calshot track – as you can see the 1st and last session are later !!! sorry

Sat 23rd September 16.00 – 19.00

Sat 4th November 13.30 – 16.30

Sat 2nd December 13.30 – 16.30

Sat 6th January 13.30 – 16.30

Sat 3rd February 12.30 – 15.30

Sat 3rd March 17.00 – 20.00

All dates are now showing in the calendar on the events page

We are as previous years running these sessions with Andrew Pitt and riders from Palmer Park.

These sessions are – not just turn up on the day you need to book in advance – I will review those who want to attend d confirm your place prior to the session.- we are limited to 20 places.

Cost will be £6.00 for the session – if you need to hire a bike it is approx another £10.00 – sorry ( a bit cheaper for youth riders)

To get the Ball rolling will alls those who want to ride please e-mail me for the first session only.


Roller Turbo Evening are back on again!!!!


Poole Wheelers / Roller Turbo Evening Winter 2017 /18

From Thursday 14th September and every Thursday (there will be a break at Christmas) right through to next spring we have our club Roller / Turbo evening in the main hall at Winton School Winton Way, Bournemouth BH10 4HT.

Time 6.30 – 7.45pm  – Please arrive 6.15 – to set up and be ready for 6.30 prompt start.

Bring your own Bike (preferably a road bike) and Rollers or Turbo *

What to wear

Cycling Shorts and a loose baggy T shirt – you will get Hot and sweaty!!!!

Also bring 2 small hand towels (or equivalent) one to wipe yourself down with during / after the session and the second to wipe off the bike and mop up any sweat that had dripped down onto the floor.

Now there are no proper changing rooms but also recommend you bring another T shirt to change into before going home and appropriate other layers as required – its warm now but will not be in January!

What do we do

We always start the session with a few basic stretching and core exercises then on to the bikes for a standard 20min warm up. – We then will do a harder session – warm down and home,

Its open to all

Cost £3.00 per rider – (for non- members to borrow a set of rollers or Turbo will be an extra £1.00 per session*

*The club does have some Rollers and Turbo’s if you do not have your own – if you want to borrow one of these please contact me in a couple of days’ advance to see if we can sort out for you – FOC for members £1.00 charge for non-members.

Sign up: Club 25 mile Time Trial on 10th September

The final of this season’s Poole Wheelers club time trials is on Sunday 10th September.

This is a 25 mile time trial on the P413/25 course, starting at 07:30 (7:30am).

Signing on at the start of the course.

Individual or team entries, road or TT bikes are permissible.

Please put your name down on this site in the comments section below which will help us to get a start sheet going, but as always entries on the line will be accepted.

This event counts towards the Rothwell league.

We are always looking for volunteers to help marshal our events. If you are able to help out with this or any other event, please let us know in the comments below or email Rachel Hadley.

Strava segment of the course below, and club records for the course are on our results page.

Winter is coming… Wednesday club rides, hill climbs and indoor track sessions

Ok, so winter is not really coming, but the racing season is slowly drawing to a close and the evenings are getting darker. September sees the start of our ‘winter’ season with regular club rides replacing the Wednesday time trials, track sessions switching from the Bournemouth Cycling Centre outdoor track to Calshot’s indoor track. We also have the hillclimb inter-club league to look forward to!

During the winter season (approx. September – March) we organise regular:

  • Road training ride on Wednesday evenings, multiple groups according to ability starting from Poole Park Cricket Pavilion [more details below]
  • Club roller / turbo session every Thursday evening, at Winton School and for all abilities [details to be confirmed]
  • Training ride every Saturday morning (road cycling, approx 17mph for 20-25 miles) [these continue as normal, start in Wimbourne square]
  • Track sessions on Saturday afternoon first weekend every month, at Calshot indoor velodrome [more details below]
  • Training ride every Sunday morning (road cycling, approx 20+mph for 75-85 miles, experienced riders) [these continue as normal]
  • Social club ride every Sunday morning (road cycling, for riders of all abilities) [these continue as normal]

If you are not yet a member of Poole Wheelers, this is a good time to check out our membership options too…

Road training ride on Wednesday evenings

We will be starting the Wednesday evening rides from Poole Park at 19:00 (7pm) at the Cricket Pavilion. Rides are typically between 1-1.5 hours. First session starts 6th September, with the last one 28th March. Everyone welcome!

This is a social ride to learn group riding etiquette and to gain winter base fitness.

These are very popular rides, so we expect everyone to adhere to some basic guidelines:

  • Ride in sensible way.
  • Ride to highway code rules.
  • Form groups no bigger than 12 please, and each group has a ‘leader’ for the night.
  • Wear bright clothing. Good working lights needed at all times mudguards are appreciated by club members!
  • Follow group riding etiquette: 2 lines only at any one time, overtaking (right lane through and off) 2 lines at any time, even when going up hill
  • Behave in a sensible, courteous and appropriate manner to other riders and road users. Foul and abusive language is not acceptable – to other riders or other road users!
  • Pay £1 at start to ride – this contributes towards club indemnity insurance and allows you a free coffee/tea when club room is open.
  • Please remember: this is not a race!

Poole Wheelers reserves the right to ask you not to ride with us if you do not agree/adhere to these ‘guidelines’.

Everyone taking part in these rides should sign the Wednesday club ride form once (these will be available each evening too), and also remember to sign in and out every week you take part.

Each group typically follows the below route, though some groups may decide to adjust this on the day depending on ability.

Indoor track sessions every month

During the winter season we organise track sessions typically on Saturday afternoon first weekend every month, at Calshot indoor velodrome. Dates are in our events calendar and listed below, full details will be published by Graham Hurst in advance of each session on this website.

  • Sat 23rd September 16.00 – 19.00
  • Sat 4th November 13.30 – 16.30
  • Sat 2nd December 13.30 – 16.30
  • Sat 6th January 13.30 – 16.30
  • Sat 3rd February 12.30 – 15.30
  • Sat 3rd March 17.00 – 20.00

Hillclimb inter-club league

Don’t forget we have not finished racing yet! Hillclimbs are a peculiar form of racing where you sprint up a hill. Yes, that literally is it. They are also incredibly good fun, and are organised in a small inter-club league.

More details will be announced in the week before each event, so keep an eye on our website and Facebook group.

17/09/2017 Sun Mud Sweat & Gears Hillclimb CLUB H/Climb Chalky Rd Broadmayne 10:00 interclub
24/09/2017 Sun CC Weymouth hillclimb CLUB H/Climb Portland 08:30 interclub
01/10/2017 Sun Poole Wheelers Creech HC CLUB H/Climb Creech 10:00 interclub
08/10/2017 Sun Purbeck Peloton CLUB H/Climb Whiteways 14:00* interclub
15/10/2017 Sun BJW Hillclimb Bulbarrow CLUB 1.3 Bulbarrow 10:00 interclub

* Note: this hillclimb was originally scheduled for 10:00, though start has been changed due to shooting on the ranges.

Weekend social rides

Our normal weekend social rides continues through the winter season. Keep an eye on the Poole Wheelers Facebook page for weekly updates about where each ride is heading.

Saturday morning ride meets at Wimborne Square at 7:30am, 90 minute, mixed pace with overall average of around 16mph (organised by Craig Weston)

Sunday Mornings:
Intermediate/Fast: 3 –4 hours, varied routes, only for experience riders as terrain and average speed combined will make these sessions a tough ride. Average speed 17- 21mph depending on course. (Craig)

Casual: 2 -3 hours, varied routes, average speed 16 -17mph. (Richard)

All rides include a coffee stop 🙂

Club track session Monday 28th August

Reminder that we have another club track session on Monday. This is the final scheduled session of the year at the Bournemouth Cycling Centre!

Location: Bournemouth Cycling Centre, Winton Way, Bournemouth BH10 4EP
Times: 18:00 – 19:00 for youth and novices, 19:00 onwards for adults and invited youth riders.

Cost: £1 for members, £2 for non-members, plus £5.00 track fee per session* plus £2.00 bike hire if required**

As always, please register with Graham on or post a comment below if you intend to come along.

These sessions are weather dependant, so please check on website and Facebook group on the day if it looks like rain.

* Will be FREE to Bournemouth Cycling Centre members. See or email for details

** Hire bikes have 3 pedal options – Look Keo Shimano SPD or if your shoes are not compatible with either of these an attachment with old style clips and straps is fitted so you are able to use normal trainers – under NO circumstances can pedals be swapped.