27th October First Calshot Track date fof the Winter – Book your place

Calshot track dates

We have the following dates booked at Calshot track –

Sat 27th October 13.00 – 16.00
Sat 24th November 13.00 – 16.00
Sat 22nd December 13.00 – 16.00
Sat 5th January 13.00 – 16.00
Sat 2nd February 13.00 – 16.00
Sat 9th March 13.00 – 16.00

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

We will again be running these with our friends from Palmer Park Reading – this limits us to 20 riders from Poole Wheelers – per session

If you want to ride you MUST book a place by e-mail – coachgraham@poolewheelers.com

These sessions will be open to all members, and will be ideal for someone who has not ridden the track before and wants to come along and learn, but also for experienced riders.

The emphasis will be on learning to ride the track safely and competently in a group – yes, there will be some times when you will be required to work harder, but also times when you can have a bit of fun; after all, it will be winter then and not too many of you will still be racing. Depending on the take up, we can increase the intensity of the sessions in the New Year when some of you will be building up towards the new season.

Remember this is Calshot – NO big gears, 81” is ideal – I will be checking!!! (U16’s use an U14 gear).

If you don’t have a track bike, these can be hired at the track, cost is £10.00 for seniors and £7.50 for juniors (u18).The hire bikes are fitted with Look Keo pedals. Shoes are also available for hire at a cost of £3.50.
Pedals are not allowed to be changed on Hire Bikes

However we do have some club bikes so if you need one please contact me before and we will see if we have one you can borrow.

There are good changing / shower facilities at the track should you require these after the session.

Saturday 27th October is the first session – if you want to ride you need to book a place before end of play on Saturday 20th October to do this e-mail coachgraham@poolewheelers.com

Full details on Club web site http://poolewheelers.com/2018/08/30/calshot-track-dates/

Please do NOT just turn up on the day with out booking first!!!

AGM Fri 2nd Nov 7pm

Our Annual General meeting will be held on Friday 2nd November 7pm at The Coach & Horses Wimborne

Address 73 Poole Road Wimborne BH21 1QB (Held in the skittle room, not in the main Public House) I have attached Last years minutes for your information.

All members welcome, It is a great way to get to meet others in the club, find out what the club has been doing and what it has planned for the forthcoming year. There are many committee roles and members will be voted in on the night, List of current roles below.

Buffet food is available during the meeting if pre-ordered in advance. Please see menu choices and place your order with me by Friday 26th Oct midday and then pay on the evening: secretary@poolewheelers.com

Please could I also have any agenda Items by Midday Friday 26th Oct also as will be sending out to all members on Saturday 27th.

The meeting will be followed with a few rounds of Skittles and possibly a few pints for some.

Current roles

  • President
  • Chairperson
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Membership secretary
  • Road Secretary
  • TT Secretary
  • Mens Captain
  • Womens Captain
  • Junior Captain (Ladies)
  • Junior Captain (Boys)
  • Club Welfare Officers
  • Webmaster
  • Results secretary
  • Road Race representative
  • Committee Members (General)

Creech Hill Climb, Sunday 7th October

The Dorset Hill Climb series continues this Sunday with the Poole Wheelers’ race up Creech!

The hill climb series is all about team success, with points awarded to all starters – so everyone taking part is contributing to their own and their team’s success(!)

Make sure we pack the field to get the points!

Entry is on the starting line for every event, with start time at 10:00 am. For Creech we sign on at bottom of Grange Hill road, see approximate location at map below.

The 2018 inter-club Hill Climb Series features the following races:

  • 16/09/2018 Sun Mud Sweat & Gears Chalky Rd – Broadmayne 10.00 CANCELLED
  • 23/09/2018 Sun CC Weymouth hillclimb – Ridgeway 10.00 [RESULTS]
  • 07/10/2018 Sun Poole Wheelers – Creech 10.00
  • 14/10/2018 Sun Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers – Bulbarrow 10.00
  • 21/10/2018 Sun Purbeck Peloton – Whiteway 10.00 (stc)

Remember: the Poole Wheelers hill climb Champion has to ride both Creech and Whiteway. Enjoy!!!

Autumn and winter social rides

Next week we will be starting our regular Wednesday evening rides from Poole Park at 19:00 (7pm) at the Cricket Pavilion, which replaces the time trials and social rides from Upton that have been running during the summer season. Rides are typically between 1-1.5 hours. First session starts 3rd October, with the last one 27th 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 8 please, with each group having a nominated ‘leader’.
  • 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.
    • Stay together, no riders should be dropped from the group.
    • Always wait to regroup on top / bottom of hills if the group is s
    • See video and further tips at the bottom of this post.
  • 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 for members / £2 for non-members at start to ride – this contributes towards club indemnity insurance and allows you a free coffee/tea when club room is open. This is a good time to check out our membership options if you’re not already a member of Poole Wheelers…
  • We recommend all riders join British Cycling, with Ride membership or above, for liability insurance and other benefits this provides – especially if you ride regularly, with Poole Wheelers or on your own.
  • 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.

Youth riders: All riders under the age of 18 need to have a consent form completed by a responsible parent or guardian. These rides are open to all ages, provided they are competent to ride on public roads. However, riders 12 years and under must be accompanied by a responsible riding adult. Non riding parents or guardians of riders over the age of 13 will need to agree to stay within the vicinity of the ride and must be contactable for the duration.

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

Other weekly 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.

Monday evenings road social ride for women, ideal opportunity to enjoy a social ride with other women, get fitter and increase your confidence with riding in a group starting from Poole Park Cricket Pavilion.

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 🙂

Group riding

Riding as part of a group is more sociable and can save you energy during a long event. Check out these top-10 tips from British Cycling or watch the below video.

The performance advantage to riding in a group is that several people can share the responsibility of setting a manageable pace as well as sheltering their riding mates from the wind – a technique known as ‘drafting.’

The most efficient formation for a large group is to ride side-by-side in pairs, with riders gradually rotating and sharing their turn on the front. How long your turn is depends a lot on weather conditions and how strong you feel, but 5 minutes is a good starting point.

Riding in close proximity to other riders does carry hazards though, so be sure to give enough space to manoeuvre, don’t overlap the wheel in front and be sure to keep good communication with your riding companions.

Check out the British Cycling website for more great videos on cycling skills and techniques. There are special sections for Road , SportivesTrackMountain bikeCyclo-crossCommuting and leisure.


Roller / Turbo evenings start again Thursday 20th September

Every Thursday until end of March ( there will be a 2 week break at Christmas)
Where ?
The main hall at Winton School Winton Way, Bournemouth BH10 4HT.
Time 6.30 – 7.45pm
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.

Fantastic results for club youngsters at the RTTC National Youth Championship finals

Isabel Sharp won the 10-mile National Youth Championship at the RTTC finals staged in Norfolk on Saturday 8th September! Not content with just being National Champion, Isabel also clocked a new the GHS Championship Record… This is an extraordinary achievement from a rider who is still only 13!

Cycling Weekly, 13th September 2018

Poole Wheelers also took home the team price with Tom, Jamie and Isabel, who all also won their respective age groups. Their combined winning time of 1:01:52  was also a new GHS Championship Record. That’s a lot of winning!

Isabel Sharp: 22:04 1st 13 year old, 1st overall girl and 39th overall in the combined results
Thomas Day: 19:32 1st 16 year, 2nd overall
Jamie Whitcher: 20:16 1st 14 year old, 9th overall

Tom was only one second off the winner…

“I felt strong through the whole race and was pushing for a PB however when I hit the monster head wind on they way back I knew I had to dig deep”, recalls Isabel. “When I saw my time at the end I was so pleased. I didn’t even realise I had won overall until my friend told me. Definitely my best achievement to date.”

Jamie said that “during the TT I had no idea how I was doing, I had no one to chase and I couldn’t see my Garmin but I felt really good and pushed hard all the way. When I sat up at the finish to see my time I was really pleased, very happy with my age cat win and overall result.”

This caps off an extraordinary summer for our youth riders, who have been competing in a range of races in the UK and abroad. Jamie even won the Kids-Tour Berlin 2018, a four stage race, as part of the international Cannibal Team. After a fantastic performance in individual and Team time trials, a road race and a criterium race, Jamie won the Yellow Jersey and Cannibal Team won the Team Classification!

Congratulations from everyone in Poole Wheelers to all our youth riders!

British Cycling Calshot Winter Monday Night Track Sessions

Here are the dates below for British Cycling  winter track development programme.

Due to the demand for these sessions, I have set a minimum age limit of 13 yrs ( no exceptions, I am afraid, if parents do ask)

For experienced  riders, they will be challenging but fun (I hope).

We do cater for beginners and they will be integrated into the sessions.

So, the dates are: (all sessions run 19.30 – 21.30 )

The session dates for the women and girls (only) sessions are:

Sept 10 24

Oct 8 22

Nov 5 19

Dec 3

Jan 7 21

Feb 4 18

Mar 4 18


For Youth / Juniors (boys and girls 13+)

Sept 17

Oct 1 15 29

Nov 12 26

Dec 10

Jan 14 28

Feb 11 25

Mar 11 25


Track bikes can be hired from reception upon arrival.

Sessions are aimed at novice, intermediate and advanced riders.

Just turn up on the night you are available to come along.

Please wear appropriate clothing for track cycling, in particular gloves, and glasses and warm clothing, as Calshot becomes very cold during the winter months.

Each session costs £10 per rider, not including track bike and shoe hire if required, this can be booked at reception on the night.

The pedals on the track bikes are Look Keo 2. So if your riders have a different style cleat on their shoes, these will not fit. ( you know all of this, but just worth reminding people who want to come along)

Dave Jowett lead coach  be there at 7pm to welcome any riders interested.

e-mail davejowett@britishcycling.org.uk  for more information


Calshot Track dates

We will again have 6 sessions at Calshot over the winter along with Palmer Park from Reading – we will be restricted to 20 riders per session I will collect names nearer the time for now here are the dates for your Diaries

27/10/18 – 1300-1600

24/11/18 – 1300-1600

22/12/18 – 1300-1600

05/01/19 – 1300-1600

02/02/19 – 1300-1600

09/03/19 – 1300-1600


Bike Ball Demonstration – come and have a try !!

Fancy something a bit different? Well how about Bike Ball! The sport has been around for a while but is relatively unknown in the UK… until now! A crack German squad will be making a guest appearance as guests of Bournemouth BMX Club and Poole Wheelers Cycling Club on Friday 7 September at St Peter’s School, Bournemouth (BH6 4AD) from 6:30-8:30pm. Watch a demonstration, and have a go yourself. Bring along a bike (mountain or BMX best – FLAT pedals NO cleats), your cat-like balancing skills and a sense of humour! We will retire for refreshments to the Riverside Pub afterwards.


Here’s a taster… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfTM1mMce40


Annual Dinner and Presentation Evening

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. Saturday 24th November, 2018, 19:00 for 19:30 seated

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 2nd November at the latest, payment is by bank transfer only this year. The price is £26 per adult and £14 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 Mark Valentine (sirmarkavalentine@hotmail.com), payment must be received to confirm your booking.

Unfortunately places cannot be reserved or booked unless payment and food choices have been received.

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