Senior Road Race report for April

A quieter month for the senior road race team. Congratulations to Nicholas Barks who won at Henstridge and in the process gained his 3rd cat licence:

Nicholas Barks

Henstridge Curit Race, Event 1 4th Cat                   1st

Manuel Maestra Agudo

John Andrews Memorial Road Race                        9th

Mark Valentine

Sandisons Spring Classic Road Race                         15th

Kevin Egan

John Andrews Memorial Road Race                        19th

February/March Senior Road Race Report

Photo from Stage 2. Featured image from Stage 3. All photographs from official Tour Ta Malta website:

A good start to the senior road race season has seen some good results, and seen a Poole Wheeler get in the top 10 in most of the races they have entered.


Tim Flynn

Primavera Road Race                                  7th

EUCC Primal Europe Westpoint Races     3rd

Tour Ta’Malta 2018 stage 1 (Elite TT)       2nd

Tour Ta’Malta 2018 Overall (Elite)             18th


Kevin Egan

Tour Ta’Malta 2018 Overall (Elite)             28th

Manuel Maestra Agudo

Bristol South Road Race                              7th


Mark Valentine

Rowe & King Stage Race, Stage 2               1st

Rowe & King Stage Race, Overall                8th

Tour Ta’Malta 2018 stage 1 (Masters TT)  3rd

Tour Ta’Malta 2018 stage 2 (Masters)        5th

Tour Ta’Malta 2018 Overall (Masters)        5th


Nicholas Barks

Odd Down Winter Series Round 6              10th

Odd Down Winter Series Round 8              3rd

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)


Poole Wheelers race the European Youth Tour 2017

Tom, Ben, Oliver P, Charlie, Oliver G and I all went to the Assen in Holland for 6 days of racing at the European Junior Cycling Tour, 31st July to 5th August. Check out loads more photos on their Facebook page, and overall results. Tom and I raced last year, for the others it was there first time and first time racing in such big fields.

Day 1 – Prologue:
Only 1.7km so basically a sprint and chance to get a good starting position on the GC.

Day 2 – Assen Criterium:
Every few laps there was sprints for the Green Jersey. I was pleased to get points every sprint and be 2nd in the Green Jersey Classification. Ben had a brilliant race too, a fast start in our race split the field quickly but Ben worked very hard with his group and managed to get back, he finished happy with the peloton and moved up the GC ! Oliver P was also racing hard, moving up the peloton fast in cat 4, unfortunately he came off, but luckily he was ok to continue. He finished with great speed, we were all very proud!

Day 3 – Road Race:
Closed roads, cars, motorbikes and police to support the race made it very exciting for Oliver P, Oliver G and Charlie this was their favourite race. Oliver G was full of confidence on the start line, chatting away and planning attacks. Oliver P was very happy after he finished with the Peloton! Tom’s 50 mile race started with 140, included cobbles and lots of crashes. Tom crashed, but he still did brilliant after chasing back for 10 miles before finding a group of riders and finished 82nd – amazing as 50 riders got swept out by the Broom Wagon!

Day 4 – Time Trial:
I made the podium, very happy to get 3rd out of 77 in cat 6, points for the White Jersey Classification and a medal. For Oliver P, Charlie and Oliver G this was their first ever TT. Oliver G and Charlie had their best result yet. Tom and Ben also had great times, they moved up the GC again! Ben up to 43rd in cat 6 and Tom 73rd in Neiuwelingen.

Day 5 – Omloop:
Cobbles and more sprints for the Jersey’s. I finished 4th in the White Jersey Classification. Ben sadly crashed on his 2nd lap, he received a lap out and then showed great determination to finish despite being hurt. Tom’s category was due to split into 2 for day 6, he needed another good result today, he wanted to be in that fastest group on the last day. He did it ! Tom was very happy to be inside the top 70. As a first year in his category this is a great achievement!

Day 6 – Campsite Crit:
We were all tired but Charlie was clearly still full of energy, for the first time this week he finished with the Cat 2 peloton, his hard work payed off. A great end to the week, he was very happy – well done Charlie!

All the racing had finished, now the presentation. I finished 6th in the Cat 6 GC and was excited to go on stage and receive a Trophy.

The last night on the campsite included Dominos takeaway, cricket and crazy dancing, such a fun week. Hope we all go again next year, Oliver P and Charlie are already talking training plans and tactics!

Race summary, Week 17 (24-30th April)

Poole Wheelers Evening 10, 26th April

Course P459/9.8 Gallows Hill Wool Worgret Heath (Short due to roadworks)

Position Rider Club Time mph Rating PWRecord Competition(s) and Points
1 Luke Rendell Poole Wheelers 23:49 24.689 78.009 Course Best 1st Division 40
2 Mike Williams Poole Wheelers 23:57 24.551 77.466    
3 Rupert Silman Bournemouth Jubilee Whs 24:40 23.838 74.548    
4 Robin Darch Poole Wheelers 24:53 23.630 73.665    
5 Mark Bleakley Poole Wheelers 25:09 23.380 72.579    
6 Mark Valentine Poole Wheelers 25:27 23.104 71.357   Premier 40
7 Sam Brooke Poole Wheelers 25:53 22.717 69.593 Course Best 2nd Division 40 Junior 40
8 Dan Byrne Poole Wheelers 27:53 21.088 61.448   Junior 39
9 Martin Reeder Poole Wheelers 27:54 21.075 61.380    
10 Phil Harvey Bournemouth Jubilee Whs 28:45 20.452 57.919    
11 Max Bentley Poole Wheelers (day) 29:32 19.910 54.729    
12 Gary Trudgett Poole Wheelers 29:36 19.865 54.457    
13 John Pick Chronos RT 33:19 17.649 39.321    
  Averages for event 26:59 21.791 65.113    

Henstridge Circuits #1 Results

4th Cat only

1 Samuel Brooke Poole Wheelers CC

2/3 Cat

11 Mark Valentine Poole Wheelers CC

CC Weymouth Club 25, 25/04/17, Results

6 Luke Rendall PW 1.01.49

Bournemouth Arrow Club 10 27/04/17, Results

8 Jamie Whitcher Poole Wheelers 00:26:18 22.81

12 Ben Gill Poole Wheelers 00:29:42 20.20

Dorset Sandisons Classic

15. Samuel Wadsley Poole Wheelers CC

22. Kevin Egan Poole Wheelers CC

27. Vincent Harding Poole Wheelers CC

29. Mark Valentine Poole Wheelers CC

31. Samuel Brooke Poole Wheelers CC

Isle of Man Youth Tour, 28-30th April

Lucy Gadd took 5th place overall at the IOMYT in the Youth A category after 3 days of hard racing. The final podium spot was decided by the bonus seconds!

Full results are available from Manx Timing Solutions, and direct link to the GC Youth A Girls PDF.

Race summary, Week 16 (17-23rd April)

Poole Wheelers Evening 10, 19th April

Course P459/9.8 Gallows Hill Wool Worgret Heath (Short due to roadworks)

Position Rider Club Time mph Rating PWRecord Competition(s) and Points
1 Sam Wadsley Poole Wheelers 21:50 26.931 86.086 Course Best Premier 40
2 Craig Haslam Team Bottrill 22:43 25.884 82.489    
3 Andrew Humphreys Poole Wheelers 23:28 25.057 79.434 Course Best  
4 Michael Akers JPCC 24:14 24.264 76.312    
5 Luke Rendell Poole Wheelers 24:26 24.065 75.498   1st Division 40
6 Luke Trussler Poole Wheelers 24:43 23.790 74.344 Course Best 1st Division 39
7 Mark Valentine Poole Wheelers 25:10 23.364 72.511 Course Best Premier 39
8 Tony Sawyer Poole Wheelers 26:38 22.078 66.538 Course Best 1st Division 38
9 Martin Reeder Poole Wheelers 27:26 21.434 63.281 Course Best  
10 Paul Thomas CC Weymouth 27:27 21.421 63.213    
11 Tom Kelly Poole Wheelers 27:31 21.369 62.941    
12 Nigel Rendell Poole Wheelers 27:54 21.075 61.380 Course Best 2nd Division 40
13 Joe Edwards Purbeck Peloton 27:55 21.063 61.312    
14 John O'Brien Bournemouth Jubilee Whs 28:02 20.975 60.837    
15 Paul Burrows Mud Sweat N Gears CC 28:23 20.716 59.412    
16 Phil Harvey Bournemouth Jubilee Whs 28:34 20.583 58.665    
17 Tony Flavell Poole Wheelers 29:20 20.045 55.543    
18 Ben Gill Poole Wheelers 30:09 19.502 52.217    
19 Charlotte Kelly Poole Wheelers 30:24 19.342 51.199    
20 Cheryl Weeks Poole Wheelers (2nd Claim) 31:02 18.947 48.620    
21 Les Jessop Poole Wheelers 31:55 18.423 45.023   3rd Division 40
22 John Pick Chronos RT 33:40 17.465 37.896    
  Averages for event 27:24 21.460 63.398    

Behind the Bikesheds Thruxton Race Series #1 Results

3rd Cat

26 Vincent Harding Poole Wheelers CC

Ogmore valley whs

Samuel Wadsley Poole Whs 23 Apr 17 ogmore valley whs (men) (240 riders in 3 events) R25/3H 6 50:29

Race summary, Week 15 (10-16th April)

Youth Tour of Scotland 2017

The BC South Team came third overall in the Youth Tour of Scotland, with our very own Lucy ending up 8th individually in the general classification out of 70 riders. The BC South Team was coached by Poole Wheelers coach Graham Hurst.

Girls – Stage 1
4 Lucy Gadd Poole Wheelers CC

Girls – Stage 2
9 Lucy Gadd Poole Wheelers CC

Girls – Stage 3
25 Lucy Gadd Poole Wheelers CC

Girls – Stage 3
9 Lucy Gadd Poole Wheelers CC

Girls – General Classification
8 Lucy Gadd Poole Wheelers CC

Full results in PDF format from British Cycling website: girls race, and boys race.

Poole Wheelers Evening 10, 12th April

Course P459/9.8 Gallows Hill Wool Worgret Heath (Short due to roadworks)

Position Rider Club Time mph Rating PWRecord Competition(s) and Points
1 Sam Wadsley Poole Wheelers 22:02 26.687 85.271   Premier 40
2 Tim Flynn Poole Wheelers 22:48 25.789 82.149   1st Division 40
3 Luke Rendell Poole Wheelers 24:18 24.198 76.041 Course Best 1st Division 39
4 Luke Trussler Poole Wheelers 24:49 23.694 73.937   1st Division 38
5 Kevin Egan Poole Wheelers 25:36 22.969 70.747    
6 Sam Brooke Poole Wheelers 26:02 22.586 68.982   Junior 40
7 Ian Hobley Mid Shropshire Wheelers 26:25 22.259 67.421    
8 Tony Sawyer Poole Wheelers 27:12 21.618 64.231   1st Division 37
9 Martin Reeder Poole Wheelers 28:09 20.888 60.362    
10 Darryl Tidd Poole Wheelers 28:11 20.863 60.226    
10 Nigel Rendell Poole Wheelers 28:11 20.863 60.226    
12 Paul Burrows Mud Sweat N Gears CC 28:36 20.559 58.529    
13 Andrea Heslington Poole Wheelers 29:01 20.264 56.833    
14 Phil Harvey Bournemouth Jubilee Whs 29:15 20.103 55.882    
15 Paul Thomas CC Weymouth 29:16 20.091 55.814    
16 Les Jessop Poole Wheelers 31:31 18.657 46.652 Course Best 3rd Division 40
17 John Pick Chronos RT 33:06 17.764 40.204    
  Howard Pankhurst Poole Wheelers DNF       2nd Division 1
  Averages for event 27:19 21.525 63.736    

Bournemouth Arrow Good Friday 10, 14th April, Report/Results

Mike Williams Poole Whs 14 Apr 17 bournemouth arrow cc P311 6 22:07
Steven Pink Poole Whs 14 Apr 17 bournemouth arrow cc P311 8 22:23
Samuel Wadsley Poole Whs 14 Apr 17 bournemouth arrow cc P311 16 22:41
Craig Weston Poole Whs 14 Apr 17 bournemouth arrow cc P311 38 23:25
Luke Trussler Poole Whs 14 Apr 17 bournemouth arrow cc P311 45 24:13
Luke Rendell Poole Whs 14 Apr 17 bournemouth arrow cc P311 47 24:17
Les Pick Poole Whs 14 Apr 17 bournemouth arrow cc P311 80 25:55
Tony Sawyer Poole Whs 14 Apr 17 bournemouth arrow cc P311 88 26:31
Bill Day Poole Whs 14 Apr 17 bournemouth arrow cc P311 96 26:55
Jeremy Gill Poole Whs 14 Apr 17 bournemouth arrow cc P311 98 27:31
Lauren Bishop Poole Whs 14 Apr 17 bournemouth arrow cc P311 99 27:32
Nigel Rendell Poole Whs 14 Apr 17 bournemouth arrow cc P311 101 28:15
Ben Gill Poole Whs 14 Apr 17 bournemouth arrow cc P311 105 29:00:00

Portsmouth Easter Circuits

Closed Circuit , Portsmouth – Saturday, 15 Apr 2017

4th Cat only
Position Name Club name Rider status Category Points
5 Kevin Egan Poole Wheelers CC Finished 4th 5
12 Samuel Brooke Poole Wheelers CC Finished 4th 0
3rd Cat only
Position Name Club name Rider status Category Points
8 Samuel Wadsley Poole Wheelers CC Finished 3rd 2
22 Mark Valentine Poole Wheelers CC Finished 3rd 0

Position Name Club name Rider status Category Points
18 Ryan Weston Poole Wheelers CC Finished 2nd 0
21 Martin Rowland Poole Wheelers CC Finished 2nd 0

Full results including track courtesy of Local Riders, Local Races blog.

CC Weymouth Easter 10 Results, 16th April

4 Samuel Wadsley Male Poole Whs 22:11 27.047 Mph
5 Steven Pink Male Poole Whs 22:19 26.886 Mph
48 Terry Belbin Male Poole Whs 27:06 22.14 Mph


Ryan and Martin joins UK-Biking race team

Congratulations to Ryan Weston and Martin Rowland who have joined UK-Biking – Bournemouth Cycleworks – Trek Cycling Team as sponsored riders!

This is a great achievement and testament to their hard work over the past few seasons. Luckily they will both stay with Poole Wheelers as 2nd claim members, so we will still see them around at club rides too.

I would like to thank everyone at Poole Wheeler’s for their support over the years. It has been great riding for the Wheeler’s and I have loved every minute of it. Don’t worry though, you wont get rid of me that easily as I will be a 2nd claim member to the club. I will always be a wheeler at heart so I will still help anyone who needs it and will see all of you on the Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday training rides. – Ryan Weston

Thank you to the members of Poole Wheeler’s who have encouraged and helped me out over the last few seasons, it has been brilliant and fun. A special thank you to Craig Weston, who encouraged me to start racing and has never stopped giving me advice and support. I look forward to continuing to ride with you all on the club rides as a 2nd claim member whilst also competing in races, even if we are in different kit! Thank you everyone and lets all have a fantastic season. – Martin Rowland

Summer season starts, what’s next for you?

As the winter club rides on Wednesday evening will be coming to an end (final ride is on 5th April), we are as a club regularly asked “what else can I get involved in once these rides have finished?” You have already done the training in the dark, cold, wet and often windy conditions so why stop now that the weather is getting good again! It could be time to put some of that training to use in some of the following events.

Time Trials

Just you against the clock, no special equipment required. Just a bike, helmet and a back light.

You can just turn up to any of our club 10 mile time trial events which will start running every Wednesday evening and the occasional Sunday morning. Great for training and to learn about yourself.

The first Wednesday evening TT is on the 12th April, and the full list is on our Events page.

For more information contact Craig Weston.

Road Racing

Road racing consists of riding in large groups with one aim: to beat every other rider to the finish!

Multiple distances and difficulty gradings make every race unique so you never know what will happen.

To get involved you will need a full race licence from British Cycling which can be gained via their website.

To find out more contact either Mark Valentine or Ryan Weston, or have a look at our overview of getting into road racing.


We are lucky enough to have a velodrome on our doorstep at Bournemouth Cycle Centre in Ensbury Park. Poole Wheelers have outdoor track sessions planned throughout the year, and when winter hits we move indoors again. Bike hire is available with full coaching.

First track session is scheduled for 3rd April and every Monday thereafter.
There is also a ride on the last Saturday of the month at 2pm.

To find out more contact Graham Hurst, or have a look at our overview of getting into track cycling.

Social Rides

Saturday morning ride meets at Wimborne Square at 7:30am, 90 minute, mixed pace with overall average of around 16mph

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)

Check Poole Wheelers Facebook page for information.

All rides include a coffee stop 🙂

Modbury 2/3/4 Spring Road Race Report

Ryan Weston ahead of the pack

Three of our racers (Kev Egan, Ryan Weston and Sam Wadsley) recently competed at the Modbury spring road race on the 12th March, open to 2/3/4 category riders (check out the route on Strava). The race was shadowed by poor weather conditions, with drizzle throughout the first two of four 13 mile circuits, and mud on sections of the course, all amplified by the road spray.

A furious early pace was set the first time up the narrow single lane climb and a position near the front of the group was key to remaining in contention. Lots of fast paced and attacking riding saw eight riders eventually drift off the front and form the days breakaway, a move which proved to be crucial and stayed away until the finish.

The race was halted at the end of the first lap, a final warning was given to all riders for crossing over to the opposite side of the road, with commissionaires doing their best to ensure the safety of the event. Another fast re-start, time gaps re-established and a second gallop up the narrow climb. Kev Egan unfortunately suffered the most, stopped at the side of the road, and was perhaps positioned too far back in the group – finding himself boxed in behind slower moving riders as he fought to hang on to the coattails of the group. A brave effort for his first proper taste of road racing and will sure be back for more.

At the head of affairs it was Ryan Weston towing the main group over the top of climb, all in an attempt to try and bring back the group of escapees. Wet, greasy and muddy roads didn’t help with the chase,  with a couple of slippery white lines and drain covers being the cause of a few crashes and near misses in the group.

Sam Wadsley putting the effort in

On the decent Sam Wadsley moved up towards the front to try and get an organised chase together, but was unsuccessful with other riders unwilling to work, claiming they had team-mates in the break or already had their eyes on the sprint.

Coming in towards the finish the breakaway were clear and away and all-but had the top 8 places secured – but a touch of wheels in the final sprint left riders and bikes in heaps on the road. Fortunately most where able to get up and push their bikes across the line with a few minor cuts and bruises. Back in the main group they where hitting the final ramp before the line. Weston was looking good and weaving his way up through the group but cramp and a lack of race legs cost him points and a top-10 finish. Wadsley was tiring towards the line and got caught following the wrong wheels going up the ramp as he slowly slipped towards the back of the group.

Still waiting for the official BC results, we believe both Weston and Wadsley finished in the top-25 or so riders. But most importantly, they all enjoyed a good days racing and are looking forward to the season ahead!

Photos courtesy of Adrian Sluman, Plymouth Corinthian Cycling Club.