Poole Wheelers WINS Club of the Year!

Fantastic news: Poole Wheelers has won Cycling Weekly’s Club of the Year 2019!

Our massive increase in female members, racing success and use of social media to boost membership are among the reasos the judging panel selected us as winners of this prestigious award. You can read a more detailed summary of the nomination that was submitted here.

Graham Hurst (left) and Craig Weston (right) were the committee members selected to attend the awards ceremony in London on 28th November, and as you can see they both scrubbed up well for this black tie event!

Photo credit: Bill Temple, Primera

A big thanks to all our members who make the club what it is.

Here’s to another amazing year of cycling ahead.

Poole Wheelers shortlisted for Cycling Weekly’s Club of the Year Award!

Earlier this year, Cycling Weekly put out a call for nominations for ‘Club of the Year‘ as part of their 2019 awards. We made an entry and are proud to announce that Poole Wheelers is one of three clubs to be shortlisted for the award!

The nomintation showcased a whole host of things that make our club great, with a few highlghts being:

  • Massive growth in membership in the last year
  • Breaking the 100 mark on female members (a third of the club!)
  • Competetive success across the board, inluding:
    • Luke & Tim riding in the BBAR
    • Hosting our first Sprint Omnium
    • Gail being 3rd woman in the Transcontinental Race
    • Regularly winning the team prize at time trial events
  • Upping our game with charity fundraising (over £3000 rasied for AboutFace this year so far)
  • Ever-increasing options for club rides, led by the members for the members
  • Growing engagement and innovation on our social media, including fun Strava Segment Challenges and amazing new promotional videos by Pete
  • Remaining as true as ever to our reputation as “the friendly club”

The winning club will be selected by a judging panel and announced at the Awards Ceremony in London on 28th November. Graham Hurst and Craig Weston will be representing the club, taking the two complimentary spaces offered by Cycling Weekly. There is also a limited number of extra tickets available at £300 each. Please get in touch by Friday 25th October if you’re interested in buying one.

Well done to each and every one of you for being part of such an amazing club; this is a wonderful achievement whatever the result on the night!

As always, happy cycling

Wednesday Night Rides – Your Club Needs YOU!

Dear all

It’s great to see so many riders already signed up to ride our Wednesday night clubs rides – about 60 riders in week 1! – and we just need a little bit of support from everyone to keep these nights running. Poole Wheelers is run by the members for the members, meaning we each have a part to play in helping the club run smoothly.

Ros volunteers her time week in, week out to make us all lovely hot drinks post-ride. However, we also need someone to open up and set things up ready for her each week. If everyone covers this for just one week, we’ll soon have a full complement of volunteers to keep this going throughout the season.

In short, the week you volunteer, you’ll need to open the pavilion, put the forms out on the table and get things ready for the hot drinks. More details are given in the link below, where you can sign up for the week you want to cover.

Sign Up Here

Put your name down now and we’ll be sorted for the season in no time!

Thank you.

 

Fill in your Wednesday club night rider form here

It’s that time of year again and we’ll be meeting each week in Poole Park Pavilion for our club rides throughout the winter season.

If you’re taking part in these rides, you’ll need to complete a quick form to agree to the ride rules and let us know your emergency contact details. To save time when you arrive, you’re welcome to print the form and bring it with you to your first ride (downoad links below). The form also sets out the rules & etiquette for the rides.

Important note: Under 18s will need a complete parental consent in addition to a rider form.

Links to download forms:

Rider form

Parental consent form

Happy riding!

Sign up: Poole Wheelers Club Mixed 2 Up TTT Sunday 25/08/19 Gallows Hill Course

Our next time trial is on Sunday 25th August 2019. 1 male, 1 female, mixed 2up TTT.

This is a friendly event aimed as a bit of fun to send of the season. Prizes available for different categories.

!!!If you don’t have a partner turn up anyway and names will be put in a hat!!!

It is a 10 mile two up team time trial (one rider female and the other male) on the P459 Gallows Hill course, starting at 08:00. Both must cross the line before the watch is stopped.

This is an ideal course for everyone – beginners, youth riders, and competitive hard riders alike.

Please put your name down on this site in the comments section below which will help us get a start sheet going, but as always entries on the line will be accepted.

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 Luke Rendell.

Strava segment of the (new) course below, and club records for the course are on our results page.

Sign up: Evening 10 League 2019 FINALLY Gallows Hill course Wednesday 21/08/2019

Our next time trial is on Wednesday 21st August 2019.

It is a 10 miles time trial on the P459 Gallows Hill course, starting at 18:45.

This is an ideal course for everyone – beginners, youth riders, and competitive hard riders alike.

Please put your name down on this site in the comments section below which will help us get a start sheet going, but as always entries on the line will be accepted.

This event counts towards our evening ten leagues.

We have no less than seven different divisions, so there’s a competitive element for everyone. The top-3 in each league are as follows:

  • Premier Division: 1st Tim Flynn, 2nd Paul Axon, 3rd Nick Barks.
  • First Division: 1st Chris Hill, 2nd Steve Morphew, 3rd Ben Salvia.
  • Second Division: 1st Gary Trudgett, 2nd Lauren Bishop, 3rd Nigel Rendell.
  • Third Division: 1st Sarah Bascombe, 2nd Ellie Rendell, 3rd Suzy Watkins.
  • Junior League: 1st Dan Byrne, 2nd Ben Gill, 3rd Liam Openshaw.
  • Handicap Ten League: 1st Gary Trudgett, 2nd Sarah Bascombe, 3rd Paul Axon.
  • Womens League: 1st Lauren Bishop, 2nd Sarah Bascombe, 3rd Ellie Rendell.

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 Luke Rendell.

Strava segment of the (new) course below, and club records for the course are on our results page.

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

Track

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

NO CLUB ROOM WEDNESDAY 28th November

IMPORTANT NEWS
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 .
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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.