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 🙂

Sam Wadsley completes the hat trick with new club 10 record

Strava stats from Sam’s record ride (not the official time)

Sam Wadsley continued his magnificent season yesterday by setting a new Poole Wheeler’s club record for a 10 mile time trial, to go with his 25 mile and 50 mile club records set earlier in the season.

The new club record is a blisteringly fast 19:22 set on 27th August at the Team Swift Charity Event on the V718/10 course. This is a six second improvement upon the previous club record (19:28) set by late Gary Dighton on our own P415/10 course on 14th July 2013. Sam’s previous PB on a 10 was 19:48 set on the P881R/10 course 14th June earlier this year.

Poole Wheelers’ club records for 10/25/50, now all held by Sam:

10 miles V718/10 course, Team Swift charity event 27th August 2017 19:22
25 miles R25/3H course, www.realteam.co.uk open 20th August 2017 49:12
50 miles P885/50 course, Blazing Saddles 50 2nd July 2017 1:46:14

You can view Sam’s record 10 ride on Strava, and our club records on the PW results website.

Fastest 10 mile TT rides by Poole Wheelers members prior to Sam’s record on 27th August

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 coach@poolewheelers.com 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 http://www.activedorset.org/velodrome or email for details velodrome@activedorset.org

** 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.

Sign up: Ski slope Time Trial on 28th August

Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you another Poole Wheelers club time trial on possibly the fastest course in Dorset on Monday 28th August.

This is a 10 mile time trial on the super fast P415/10 Ski Slope / Ryvita factory course, starting at 07:00 (7:00am).

Signing on at the start, coffee will be provided at the finish. Individual or team entries, road or TT bikes are permissible.

Please put your name down on this site in the comments section below, places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. This is your final chance to ride the ski slope this season!

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.

Bournemouth Track Club Clusters, Saturday 26th August

On Saturday we have another club cluster on the Bournemouth Cycling Centre track. Please register with Graham on coach@poolewheelers.com or post a comment below.

Location: Bournemouth Cycling Centre, Winton Way, Bournemouth BH10 4EP
Times: Last Saturday of every month 1.00pm – 4.00pm, March – August inclusive

Supported by British Cycling Staff

We want to encourage all local clubs to come and attend with riders and coaches.

Cost: £5.00 per session plus £2.00 bike hire*

Note: will be FREE to Bournemouth Cycling Centre members. See http://www.activedorset.org/velodrome or email for details velodrome@activedorset.org

The sessions will be open to all members of local British Cycling registered clubs.

We need riders and coaches.

The object of the sessions is to cater for all ages and abilities and to teach track skills and etiquette.

If your club is interested in attending, please register your interest with: Graham Hurst – Poole Wheelers, e-mail coach@poolewheelers.com

* 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 swopped.

Sam Wadsley improves his 25 mile TT club record

Earlier today Sam Wadsley improved his 25 mile TT club record, with a new PB of 49:12! The new club record was achieved on 20th August at the “www.realteam.co.uk (Men)(Chq To M Heritage-Owen)” race, again on the R25/3H course. Full results will be published on the CTT website in due course.

This is of course a new personal best for Sam and an impressive 12 second improvement on his previous club record on the distance set at the RTTC National Championship on 6th August.

Check out his record breaking ride on Strava.

Congratulations, Sam, and keep them coming!

Sign up: Gallows Hill Club Team Time Trial on 23rd August

The twentieth of our regular Poole Wheelers club time trials is a 2-up team event on Wednesday 23rd August.

This is a 10 mile time trial on the P459/10 Gallows Hill course, starting at 18:50 (6:50pm).

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. For team entries, please state who you will be riding with.

This event counts towards our Club 10 leagues.

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.

Club track session Monday 21st August

Reminder that we have another club track session on Monday.

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 coach@poolewheelers.com 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 http://www.activedorset.org/velodrome or email for details velodrome@activedorset.org

** 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.

Sign up: Gallows Hill Club Time Trial on 16th August

The nineteenth of our regular Poole Wheelers club time trials is on Wednesday 16th August.

This is a 10 mile time trial on the P459/10 Gallows Hill course, starting at 18:50 (6:50pm).

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 our Club 10 leagues.

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.

Club track session Monday 14th August

Reminder that we have another club track session on Monday.

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 coach@poolewheelers.com 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 http://www.activedorset.org/velodrome or email for details velodrome@activedorset.org

** 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.