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.

British Cycling Calshot Winter Monday Night Track Sessions

Here are the dates below for British Cycling  winter track development programme.

Due to the demand for these sessions, I have set a minimum age limit of 13 yrs ( no exceptions, I am afraid, if parents do ask)

For experienced  riders, they will be challenging but fun (I hope).

We do cater for beginners and they will be integrated into the sessions.

So, the dates are: (all sessions run 19.30 – 21.30 )

The session dates for the women and girls (only) sessions are:

Sept 10 24

Oct 8 22

Nov 5 19

Dec 3

Jan 7 21

Feb 4 18

Mar 4 18

 

For Youth / Juniors (boys and girls 13+)

Sept 17

Oct 1 15 29

Nov 12 26

Dec 10

Jan 14 28

Feb 11 25

Mar 11 25

 

Track bikes can be hired from reception upon arrival.

Sessions are aimed at novice, intermediate and advanced riders.

Just turn up on the night you are available to come along.

Please wear appropriate clothing for track cycling, in particular gloves, and glasses and warm clothing, as Calshot becomes very cold during the winter months.

Each session costs £10 per rider, not including track bike and shoe hire if required, this can be booked at reception on the night.

The pedals on the track bikes are Look Keo 2. So if your riders have a different style cleat on their shoes, these will not fit. ( you know all of this, but just worth reminding people who want to come along)

Dave Jowett lead coach  be there at 7pm to welcome any riders interested.

e-mail davejowett@britishcycling.org.uk  for more information

 

Calshot Track dates

We will again have 6 sessions at Calshot over the winter along with Palmer Park from Reading – we will be restricted to 20 riders per session I will collect names nearer the time for now here are the dates for your Diaries

27/10/18 – 1300-1600

24/11/18 – 1300-1600

22/12/18 – 1300-1600

05/01/19 – 1300-1600

02/02/19 – 1300-1600

09/03/19 – 1300-1600