Covid-19 – All Club activities postponed until further notice

Hi Everyone

 

In view of the current ongoing situation with the covid-19 virus outbreak we feel it is the correct and appropriate course of action to follow government advice and guidelines.

Therefore from immediate effect we are postponing all Poole Wheelers’ group activities (this includes club rides, training rides, roller sessions and time trials) until further notice.

This is for everyone’s own health and safety and not for any other reason.

If you do choose to go out and ride your bike please adhere to up to date government advice and guidelines.

 

Keep healthy

 

Regards

 

Ian Dryden – Chairman

Graham Hurst – President

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 Watkins
  • 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

Roller / Turbo evenings start again Thursday 3rd October

UPDATED 1st October – Due to double booking of Pavilion at Slades Park start Time is now 7.30pm please arrive from 7.15pm to set up.

Every Thursday until end of March ( there will be a 1 week break at Christmas we all have better things to do on Christmas day!!!))
Where ?
The New Pavilion at Slades Park.  Park in the car park off Ensbury Avenue (same car park as used for the Velodrome)

Google maps ref 50.747728, -1.895047

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 £1.00 per rider – ( £2 for non- Poole Wheeler members )
• 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.

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.

 

South Region – Club News

Please see below link to The British Cycling South Region Club News .

This covers all cycling disciplines and is well worth a read. Some of our youth riders may well be interested in the development sessions taking place over the winter at Newport on the track and Oddown on the road – plus there are details on the Wessex Cyclo-cross league which got under way last weekend with several Poole Wheelers riding.

As I said above have a read

Club News #2

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!

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.