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…


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

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 (, 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

Menu reply slip


Race summary, Week 18 (1-7th May)

Two Poole Wheelers club time trials and another busy racing week for wheelers!

Poole Wheelers “Ski Slope” PW Club 10 01/05/17, Results

The week kicked off with the May bank holiday Monday Poole Wheelers club 10 on the super fast P415/10 ‘ski slope’ course. The forecast looked ominous for the 54 entrants, threatening to call off the race completely, but the rain stayed away for the 36 riders who made the event. Sam Wadsley took home the win with a time of 20:39!

Great write up from Eamon Deane on the Local Riders, Local Races blog: Pop Up Racing, Who Needs Open’s? Poole Wheelers “Ski Slope” Club 10, Report Results

The race counts towards the Poole Wheelers Rothwell League.

Position Rider Club Time mph Rating PWRecord Competition(s) and Points
1 Sam Wadsley Poole Wheelers 20:39 29.056 85.821   Rothwell 40 , HCP League 40
2 Craig Haslam Team Bottrill 20:49 28.823 85.101    
3 Steve Pink Poole Wheelers 20:58 28.617 84.453   Rothwell 39 , HCP League 38
4 James Horton VC St Raphael 21:02 28.526 84.165    
5 Adrian Murray Bournemouth Jubilee Whs 21:05 28.458 83.949    
6 Richard Porter CC Weymouth 21:20 28.125 82.869    
7 Tim Flynn Poole Wheelers 21:38 27.735 81.574   Rothwell 38
8 Mike Williams Poole Wheelers 21:43 27.629 81.214 Personal Best Rothwell 37
9 Adam Mitchell Zoom Tri Club 22:09 27.088 79.343    
10 Craig Weston Poole Wheelers 22:11 27.047 79.199   Rothwell 36 , HCP League 37
11 Barrie Watkinson Bournemouth Arrow CC 22:14 26.987 78.983    
12 Michael Akers JPCC 22:30 26.667 77.831    
13 Matt Blythe Bournemouth Arrow CC 22:46 26.354 76.679    
14 Stuart Peckham New Forest CC 22:48 26.316 76.536    
15 Tom Day Poole Wheelers 22:54 26.201 76.104 Personal Best Rothwell 35
16 Pete Wilson Bournemouth Arrow CC 23:06 25.974 75.240    
17 Nathan Stulmacher Poole Wheelers 23:08 25.937 75.096   Rothwell 34
18 Chris Day Poole Wheelers 23:29 25.550 73.584   Rothwell 33
19 Robin Darch Poole Wheelers 23:30 25.532 73.512 Personal Best Rothwell 32
20 Andrew Humphreys Poole Wheelers 23:39 25.370 72.865   Rothwell 31
21 Shaun Palmer Royal Navy & Royal Marines CA 23:40 25.352 72.793 Personal Best  
22 Michelle Walter Bournemouth Arrow CC 24:38 24.357 68.618    
23 Neil Dyble Bournemouth Arrow CC 24:50 24.161 67.754    
24 Ashley Corby Poole Wheelers (day) 25:14 23.778 66.027    
25 Paul Thomas CC Weymouth 25:51 23.211 63.364    
26 Bob Chandour Poole Wheelers 26:03 23.033 62.500   Rothwell 30
27 Emma Needham CC Weymouth 26:04 23.018 62.428    
28 Ben Salvia Poole Wheelers 26:40 22.500 59.837   Rothwell 29
29 Andrea Heslington Poole Wheelers 26:43 22.458 59.621   Rothwell 28
30 Einar Thorsen Poole Wheelers 27:07 22.127 57.893   Rothwell 27 , HCP League 36
31 Les Jessop Poole Wheelers 27:48 21.583 54.942   Rothwell 26 , HCP League 39
32 Ben Gill Poole Wheelers 28:13 21.264 53.143   Rothwell 25
33 John Pick Chronos RT 29:28 20.362 47.745    
  Aaron Kneebone Royal Navy & Royal Marines CA DNF        
  Tony Sawyer Poole Wheelers DNF       Rothwell 1
  Averages for event 23:49 25.192 72.145    

Poole Wheelers Club 10 03/05/17, Results

Two days later we were back on our regular course, the P459/10 Gallows Hill course. Sam Wadsley again took home the win, with 22:03. Our road team featuring Mark Valentine/Kevin Egan/Tim Flynn/Sam Brooke took the opportunity to practice their 4-up team time trial skills, with an effort clocking in at 22:43.

The race counts towards the Poole Wheelers Ten Leagues.

Position Rider Club Time mph Rating PWRecord Competition(s) and Points
1 Sam Wadsley Poole Wheelers 22:03 26.667 85.204   Premier 40
2 Adrian Murray Bournemouth Jubilee Whs 22:25 26.230 83.710    
3 Mike Williams Poole Wheelers 23:06 25.455 80.928 Course Best Premier 39
4 Luke Rendell Poole Wheelers 23:28 25.057 79.434 Course Best 1st Division 40
5 Matthew Rollinson Bournemouth Jubilee Whs 23:38 24.880 78.756    
6 Andrew Humphreys Poole Wheelers 24:20 24.164 75.905    
7 John Rivett Poole Wheelers 27:13 21.604 64.163    
8 Paul Thomas CC Weymouth 27:15 21.578 64.027    
9 Ray Quarrie Poole Wheelers 27:48 21.151 61.787    
10 Phil Harvey Bournemouth Jubilee Whs 28:22 20.729 59.480    
11 Andrea Heslington Poole Wheelers 28:29 20.644 59.005 Course Best 3rd Division 40
12 Gary Trudgett Poole Wheelers 28:55 20.334 57.240 Course Best 3rd Division 39
13 Max Bentley Poole Wheelers (day) 29:43 19.787 53.982    
14 John Burrows Poole Wheelers 30:05 19.546 52.489   3rd Division 38
15 Les Jessop Poole Wheelers 30:50 19.070 49.434 Course Best 3rd Division 37
16 Jim Firth Bournemouth Jubilee Whs 31:57 18.404 44.887    
  Averages for event 26:51 21.899 65.652    

Bournemouth Arrow Club 10 04/05/17, Results

12 Jamie Whitcher Poole Wheelers 00:26:28

18 Ben Gill Poole Wheelers 00:29:19

Weymouth Crit Series #1 Report/Results

3rd Cat Race top 12 result

5th Kevin Egan Poole Wheelers CC
11th Samuel Wadsley Poole Wheelers CC
12th Vincent Harding Poole Wheelers CC

4th Cat Race top 12 result

11th Samual Brooke Poole Wheelers CC

Wiggle Jurassic Beast Sportive 06/05/17, Results

Several Poole Wheelers joined the Wiggle Jurrasic Beast Sportive on Saturday this week. Photo is of Danny Byrne who made it around in 5:01:10 on the Standard Route (63 Miles) with his dad, Colin, who he blames for a wrong turn or two towards the end that added a few extra miles!

Standard Route (63 Miles)

Jamie Whitcher – 04:32:51
Gary Trudgett – 04:39:11
Danny Byrne – 05:01:10
Colin Byrne – 05:01:12

Epic Route (99 Miles)

Robin Darch – 06:52:32
Kevin Perry – 06:55:26

Omega Track #2 Results, 06/05/17

PW Results from Round 2 at the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth


7th Charlie ABEL B Poole Wheelers CC


6th Charlie ABEL B Poole Wheelers CC


1st Charlie ABEL Poole Wheelers CC


2nd Charlie ABEL Poole Wheelers CC 17 pts


5th Charlie ABEL B Poole Wheelers CC

Bournemouth & Dist WCA 25 Results

3 Samuel Wadsley Poole Whs ME 0:53:59 3rd fastest Man 30

6 Steven Pink Poole Whs MS 0:55:05 65

51 Terry Belbin Poole Whs MV* 1:08:39 0:00:43 1:07:56 7

Overseas training

Not everyone went racing this weekend, some wheelers were training hard in Majorca, Spain. That or scouting for some fabled lighthouse… we expect to see some fast times in the coming weeks!

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 🙂