Club Room will NOT be open tonight Wednesday 19th December

In view of the forecast rain now the club room will NOT be open tonight (Wednesday 19th December)
If you will want a ride by all means go out but please do be careful even if its not raining at the time, there will be large puddles everywhere !!!

Also not it will be closed for the next 2 week for Christmas – Next open Wednesday 9th January


Happy Christmas everyone

January 2019 Club Kit Bulk Order

I am taking orders now for the next bulk order, please feel free to order whatever you like from the halo’s web page. This is your time to think about what you would like for summer. This will be your last chance to get your discount on the club kit, for joining Poole Wheelers before 31st December 2018. The benefit of the bulk order is you save on the postage/packing, and is often quicker.

Please feel free to order whatever you like based on Halo’s web page, you will need the password for Poole Wheelers club Kit, more than happy to email you the password.

To place an order you need to email me ( and then make payment via the club account.

Bank details: sort code: 30-96-73, account number 57784268, all payments will need a reference, please put ‘Kit followed by your surname (e.g. Kit Valentine). I will confirm via email that your order and payment has been received, payment will be needed for order to be placed.

I will be ordering some caps, 10 in total.

Examples of how to email your order, please use a separate line for each item:

Name                                    Item of clothing                                size                        cost of item        fit

Mark Valentine Short sleeve top                               Medium               £55                         Race

Mark Valentine Bib Shorts                                            3XL                    £62.50                   Standard

Joan Smith                          Skin suit                            Ladies M             £87                         Race

Nikki Jones                         Winter Jacket                    Children’s M      £40                         Children’s

Extra length can be added to any item, please let me know if this is the case. I have some examples of kit with extra length to short sleeve tops, bibshorts and spring top with extra arm length.

Order deadline: 25th January 2019

Club room will NOT be open this evening 5th December 2018

In view of the forecast rain for the rest of the day the club room will NOT be open tonight (Wednesday 5th December)
If you will want a ride by all means go out but please do be careful even if its not raining at the time, there will be large puddles everywhere !!! Forecast still has over 60% chance of rain at 7.00pm.
Could be a night to use the rollers or Turbo .

Remember if interested Thursday evening at Winton school is our weekly Roller / Turbo session start 6.30pm ( arrive 6.15- 6.25pm) – Will be nice and dry in the school hall

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Poole Wheelers 2018 dinner and prize presentation

Poole Wheelers celebrated 2018 with its annual dinner and prize presentation at Salterns Hotel on 24th November with lots of members and guests attending.

Special thanks go to those who kindly donated to our raffle prizes:

  • Primera £100 voucher – Jason Gault Team Jobs
  • Cyclefix three 3* services – Dennis Thorn
  • Bike Cleaning kit – Andy Downton
  • Will service – Simon Bowman
  • Rowing Lessons – Ian Dryden
  • Bottle of Champagne – Ian White
  • Women’s Sports Skirt – Lauren Bishop

Next year Poole Wheelers will be supporting the local charity, AboutFace, which provides support for patients who have been diagnosed or living with head and neck cancer. Fellow wheeler, Robin Darch, already organised a ride in support on 17th November in aid of this and the club will continue to support in the coming year.

Thanks to Les Pick for being master of ceremony and to Ellie Rendell for handing out the trophies. Photographs courtesy of John Pick.

Award winners 2018

Some of the award winners who received their trophies at the dinner

Rothwell Points competition

Nick Barks 266 points
(Trophy: “PWCC Presented By A ROTHWELL Esq President 1953-55”)
Paul Axon 203
Patryk Witkowski 198
Ian Dryden 192
Luke Rendell 174
Craig Weston 166
Gary Tuskin 161
Ellie Rendell 155
Mike Williams 154
Ben Salvia 134

10 Leagues

Ellie Rendell 3rd Division 10 League
Ian Dryden 2nd Division 10 League (trophy)
Paul Axon 1st Division 10 League (Sid Rooker Memorial trophy)
Luke Rendell Premier Division 10 League (ALAN SPENCER MEMORIAL trophy)
Luke Rendell Handicap 10 League trophy (BERT BENNETT Memorial Cup)
Dan Byrne Junior 10 League (junior trophy)

Other competitions

Luke Rendell Best Improver – over the year
Ellie Rendell Novice shield
Paul Axon Hill Climb Trophy

Cyclo Cross

Martin Reeder Senior Cyclo-cross
Oliver Tooley Juvenile Boy Cyclo cross Champion


Tom Day Colin Price Trophy for the outstanding Junior / Juvenile on the track
Simon Pettifer Senior Track Champion (Rob Jefferies memorial picture)
Tom Day U16 – Boy Track Champion
Isabel Sharp U16 – Girl Track Champion
Jamie Whitcher U14 – Boy Track Champion
Isabel Sharp U14 – Girl Track Champion
Ollie Pettifer U12 – Boy Track Champion
Charlie Pettifer U10 – Boy Track Champion
Grace Upshall U10 – Girl Track Champion

Road Racing

Mark Valentine Senior Road Race Trophy awarded for BC points (“The TOM SHEPHERD Memorial Trophy”)
N Manderville Junior Road Race Trophy

Honorary trophies announced on the night

Richard Martin Club Person of the Year (“The Ian Cribb Memorial Trophy”)

Voted for by secret ballot at the AGM

Digby Llewellyn 2018 Special Achivement Award

Basic 1st Aid Information Evening 11th December – 7.00pm – 9.00pm

We will be running a Basic 1st Aid Information evening for members.

This is aimed at ride leaders and regular attendees of club rides / events.

It will cover what to do in an emergency as will as providing information on best practice and how to handle a minor incident.

There are limited places so if over subscribed we will look to run another course in the new year.

If you wish to reserve a place on the course please send an e-mail to



Unit 3, Field Business Park

Stinsford Road, Poole BH17 0NF



In view of the forecast rain tomorrow the club room will NOT be open
If you will want a ride tomorrow evening by all means go out but please do be careful even if its not raining at the time, there will be large puddles everywhere !!!

Could be a night to use the rollers or Turbo .
Remember if interested Thursday evening at Winton school is our weekly Roller / Turbo session start 6.30pm ( arrive 6.15- 6.25pm) – Will be nice and dry in the school hall

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 –

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

Full details on Club web site

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:

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.