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


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

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.

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


Poole Wheelers featured in Cycling Weekly

Find out about the “the best banana bread in the world” and what makes Poole Wheelers such an amazing club in this week’s Cycling Weekly!

Great quotes from Craig Weston, Howard Pankhurst, Lisette Bonin-Casey, Ellie Rendell, and Dan Byrne across four pages in the magazine. If you don’t subscribe, go get your copy in local shops today – no doubt it will sell out locally!

Thanks to everyone involved in making this ride happen, it is an amazing testament to the club and its members… and indeed the local area and our brilliant coffee shops!

No matter who you speak to on the club run, the overriding word that comes through is ‘friendly’. (Cycling Weekly, 22nd March 2018)

We rode with Cycling Weekly on 17th February this year, with three starting points to accommodate different paces and youth riders. Check out the main route on Strava, and read the full article on the Cycling Weekly website.

The Cycling Weekly photographer, Chris, has kindly shared the official photographs taken on the day with club members. You can view these below or download via Dropbox. Please note that these are strictly for private / non-commercial purposes, no official marketing or advertising.

Reef ride being organised by CTC 17th June from Wimborne.

Please see below email received from Mike Walsh from the CTC about a ride they are organizing in June from Wimborne

We invite you and your fellow members to join us on one of two free new rides.  Maybe an on-road for your juniors.  The Reef Rides will take place on the 17th June 2018.  Both rides start and finish at the Reef Youth and Community Centre, Colehill Lane, Colehill, Wimborne Dorset BH21 7AB.

There are two rides to choose from the The Half Reef approximately 30 miles or the The Reef  approximately 60 miles. Both rides are predominantly on quiet country lanes heading out towards Cranborne and Tisbury respectively.

The Half Reef is a pleasant ride, relatively flatter terrain, suitable for novices, youngsters or those getting back to cycling.

The Reef is a classic route with a few hills for interest.

A route sheet will be provided for your chosen ride and Garmin downloads for both rides are available on WWW.WESSEXCTC.ORG.

There will be no organised refreshment stops or support en-route therefore participants must be self-sufficient in all respects after leaving the centre.  The rides do however pass through country villages where refreshments may be available.

Entrants can sign in from 08.30hrs and commence at any time. The event will close at 18.00hrs. Refreshments will be available at the start and finish, all entrants signed in and out on completion will receive a complimentary tea, coffee or cold drink.

The Reef Rides are free to enter; none CTC members are most welcome.

Do cycle safe on whichever ride you choose and enjoy the gift of cycling.

There is ample free parking on site.

The Reef Rides are not a race. Please be courteous to other road users and enjoy these great rides.


CTC Wessex Cycling

For more details see   http://www.wessexctc.org/reef.htm

Saturday 17th February Cycling Weekly Ride

This ride is open to all (paid up members! Theres still time to join the club!!) Poole Wheelers. Please wear your PW kit – which will look fantastic! This is a social ride which will allow people to regroup at the top of hills etc where needed. We are expecting a large turnout so it will be important to split into smaller manageable groups on the road, to allow cars to get passed etc. The full route goes from Sandbanks ferry, Studland Hill, Swanage, langton Matravers hill, Kingston, Corfe Castle, Steeple Hill, down Whiteways, East Lulworth, Wareham, Sandford, Morden, Wimborne

We will be finishing in Wimborne at “The Cafe in the Square” at approx 11.30 where the Committee have unanimously voted to buy a coffee for every member!

Please can you indicate if you are planning to come and which ride option you will be choosing. Lets hope for a fantastic sunny day! Please comment below with Option 1 full, Option 2 medium or Option 3 Wimborne – so we have some idea of numbers

Option 1 (full route approx 43 miles) – Ride Leader Craig

Meet 8.45am @  Sandbanks ferry (9am crossing). If anyone wants a coffee first then meet at the Goat, Lower Parkstone  from 8am

Option 2 (Medium route) – Ride leader Richard

Meet 8.45am @ Sandbanks ferry (9am crossing). As per Option 1. However this group will miss out the Swanage/Kingston/Steeple parts by going straight up Studland Hill, over the top to Corfe Castle, through Arne and then continue with the main route at Wareham

Option 3 Wimborne Group – Ride leader Graham

Meet outside “The Cafe in the Square” at 10.45 –  Leave Wimborne square @ 11am. Cycle along Cowgrove and meet the other riders around Sturminster Marshall, Mill Lane, Dullar Lane area

Howard Pankhurst 

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 (sirmarkavalentine@hotmail.com), 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

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