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

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.

Fantastic results for club youngsters at the RTTC National Youth Championship finals

Isabel Sharp won the 10-mile National Youth Championship at the RTTC finals staged in Norfolk on Saturday 8th September! Not content with just being National Champion, Isabel also clocked a new the GHS Championship Record… This is an extraordinary achievement from a rider who is still only 13!

Cycling Weekly, 13th September 2018

Poole Wheelers also took home the team price with Tom, Jamie and Isabel, who all also won their respective age groups. Their combined winning time of 1:01:52  was also a new GHS Championship Record. That’s a lot of winning!

Isabel Sharp: 22:04 1st 13 year old, 1st overall girl and 39th overall in the combined results
Thomas Day: 19:32 1st 16 year, 2nd overall
Jamie Whitcher: 20:16 1st 14 year old, 9th overall

Tom was only one second off the winner…

“I felt strong through the whole race and was pushing for a PB however when I hit the monster head wind on they way back I knew I had to dig deep”, recalls Isabel. “When I saw my time at the end I was so pleased. I didn’t even realise I had won overall until my friend told me. Definitely my best achievement to date.”

Jamie said that “during the TT I had no idea how I was doing, I had no one to chase and I couldn’t see my Garmin but I felt really good and pushed hard all the way. When I sat up at the finish to see my time I was really pleased, very happy with my age cat win and overall result.”

This caps off an extraordinary summer for our youth riders, who have been competing in a range of races in the UK and abroad. Jamie even won the Kids-Tour Berlin 2018, a four stage race, as part of the international Cannibal Team. After a fantastic performance in individual and Team time trials, a road race and a criterium race, Jamie won the Yellow Jersey and Cannibal Team won the Team Classification!

Congratulations from everyone in Poole Wheelers to all our youth riders!

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


February 2018 – Poole Wheelers Youth


Calshot Winter Track League – Final Overall Results

We had lots of riders enjoying the winter track league, some raced every week and some just once or twice. For some of our riders this was their first taste of track racing, so big well done to those riders, we look forward to seeing you on the track again soon.

U10 – Charlie P 1st, Oliver G 2nd
U12 Boys – Oliver P 1st, Digby 4th
U12 Girls – Izzy 3rd, Evie 7th
U14 – Isabel 3rd, Ben 4th, Arthur 8th, Elliot 13th
U16 – Tom 1st, Dan 3rd

3/2/2018 – Hillingdon – Closed Circuit Road Race
U14 Boys – Jamie 1st, Ben 11th
U16 Boys – Tom 2nd, Dan 23rd

Hillingdon Winter Series – Overall Results
U14 Boys – Jamie 1st
U16 Boys – Tom 2nd

10/2/2018 – Stourport – Closed Circuit Road Race
U14 Boys – Jamie 2nd

18/2/2018 – Thruxton – Closed Circuit Road Race
U12 Boys – Oliver P 1st
U14 Girls – Isabel 1st
U14 Boys – Jamie 1st, Charlie 11th
U16 Boys – Tom 3rd

24/2/2018 – Newport Icebreakers -Track
Well done to Oliver P, Digby, Isabel, Jamie, Ben, Tom & Dan for all taking part. Outstanding performances from all of you including a few top spot results.
Isabel 3rd in the Points Race.

Jamie 1st in the Devil and 2nd in the Points Race.
Dan 3rd in the Devil.

Overall placed results below
U12 Boys – Oliver P 9th
U14 Girls – Isabel 8th
U14 Boys – Jamie 4th
U16 Boys – Dan 13th, Tom 14th

Poole Wheelers Club Ride for Cycling Weekly Article

Thank you to all the riders that joined us for this Club Ride, it was lovely to see so many of you attend, you certainly made the club proud. Check out this video, can you spot yourselves?

Training News

Ben, Oliver G & Tom enjoyed their half term training in Majorca. Lots of riding including the infamous Sa Colabra, they even bumped in to ex Poole Wheeler Becky out there training with the GB squad. Sounds like a fantastic holiday, well done on those climbs boys, especially young Oliver G!

Message from Rachel: Elliot has not been to as many PW sessions lately as he’s joined the school cycling team and most of the sessions clash. He’s loving his cycling, out three times a week with the school on road rides, and they are doing a Bath to Milton Abbey ride as soon as the weather permits. The school have also booked BCC track sessions starting after Easter hols, and he has been cycling home from school when he gets his long weekends off (nice scenic Dorset routes 3.5 hours from school to home) thanks wheelers.

Thanks Rachel, glad Elliot is enjoying all his cycling, we look forward to seeing him soon.


Listed below are the races in March that Poole Wheelers are attending, would be great to see some of the newbies sign up too. There’s always plenty of us there to offer help and advice.

17th March – Hillingdon – Closed Circuit Road Race – U8, U10, U12, U14, U16

18th March – Thruxton – U12, U14, U16

24th March Torquay – National Road Series – U14 and U16 only. (ENTRIES CLOSE SUNDAY 4th MARCH)

30th March – Castle Combe – Closed Circuit Road Race – U8, U10, U12, U14, U16

** Sign up for the Winchester Criterium NOW, this a fab Closed Road Town Centre Criterium Race which takes place in JUNE, many of our riders attend every year. The races are part of the Winchester Cycle Fest, so there will be plenty to do and make a day if it.

U8, U10, U12, U14, U16

Finally a huge well done to Tom on being selected for the U16 South Team to compete at the 2018 Youth Tour of Scotland. This event will take place in April, we look forward to hearing all about it. Good Luck, Tom!

January 2018 – Poole Wheelers Youth

What a busy start to the year the Poole Wheelers Youth have had! The Club is growing rapidly and it’s been lovely to see so many of the youths out training, racing and having fun on their bikes.

We’ve had lots of Youths competing at the Calshot track league which started in November. The final meet is Sunday 4th February, a round up of the racing and results will be posted next month.

Well done to Charlie P, Oliver G, Oliver P, Isabel, Izzy, Ben, Dan, Tom, Arthur, Elliot, Digby & Evie who have all taken part.
Oliver & Dan Tooley have been making the Club proud and having fun racing in the Club colours at Wessex cyclocross league, well done boys, hope you have enjoyed all that mud.

The first Closed Circuit Series of the season has been at Hillingdon, for an early se
ason winter event these races have been highly competitive and large numbers have turned up to compete in some very cold, wet & windy conditions!

6th January – Hillingdon Closed Circuit
Jamie 2nd U14
Tom 3rd U16

13th January – Hillingdon Closed Circuit
Jamie 2nd U14
Tom 2nd U16
Dan 13th U16

On the 20th January we had Poole Wheelers competing at 3 different events, 2 Closed Circuits and 1 track event.

20th January – Hillingdon Closed Circuit
Oliver G 7th U12
Jamie 1st U14
Ben 9th U14

20th January – Welsh Sprint Track Championships
Dan U16 – Sprint 10th – Keirin 5th – 500m TT 6th

20th January – Redbridge Closed Circuit
Tom 5th U16

27th January – Newport Icebreakers Round 1

We had 8 Poole Wheelers competing at this event. This event attracts riders from all over the country, all the category’s were full and the competition was looking strong. The U12’s and U14 girls raced in the morning. Digby was first to get his name in lights on the board with a brilliant 5th in the scratch race. Oliver P was flying in the points and elimination race which resulted in a podium finish after some fast and furious racing, 3rd overall. This was Isabel’s first big track event & despite being a 1st year in her age category she proved to be highly competitive at the front of all her races, 6th overall, 1st 1st Year.
The afternoon was full of thrills and spills, literally! It was time for the U14 boys, and U16 girls and boys to race.

Ben was first onto the track to get the afternoon started, this was also his first time at icebreakers. Ben didn’t show any nerves, he was in the mix of it all and raced very well all afternoon. Charlotte and Dan both got closer to the track than they needed too in their races, thankfully they both bounced well and got back on to finish their race. Dan still managed a top 10 finish overall after making the scratch final and having a great result in his elimination race . Charlotte was racing well but her 2nd taste of the track sadly put an end to her day so she was up to the stands to cheer on her teammates. Jamie put in some great attacks throughout his races, making both finals, he placed 4th in the U14’s Points Final even with a slipped saddle and finished 6th overall. Tom was showing great form, he was into both the finals, but he was left disappointed after his elimination race. The disappointment didn’t last long. The boys U16 Points Final was the last event of the day, a very exciting race, with Tom making an attack which payed off, he took the double points on the last lap which gave him the win and moved him up to 5th overall, big smiles all round.

Tom even had some energy left for the following day, he was back on the track, this time in Derby to compete in the policemans Omnium ! – 7th overall.

What a fantastic month for all our Poole Wheeler Youths !

Youth Season Review 2017

Some of the youth training at Bournemouth Velodrome

It’s been a busy 2017 for the youth riders of the club on the track and road.

Icebeakers in Newport
It all started back in January with the National Icebreakers in Newport. We had many riders competing across the 3 weekends gaining some awesome results showing off the club colours. These riders were Oliver P, Digby, Jamie, Charlotte, Tom and Lucy.

National Youth Circuit Series
The National Youth Circuit Series got under way at Hog Hill. This series carried on throughout the summer months with some riders travelling across the country from London to the Isle of Man, Morecambe and Lancaster, Hillingdon, Stirling and finally Scarborough. Some really tough racing for our riders, gaining huge amounts of experience with Lucy finishing 4th overall against the country’s best U16 Girls.

We also had Tom and Jamie travel down to Devon for some regional youth racing both achieving highly each event and doing the club very proud!

Lucy at the North West Youth Tour

Here is Jamie racing hard at Castle Combe

Easter brought around a few big races for the youth riders with Lucy competing in the Youth Tour of Scotland for the South and then many racing at the Castle Combe Easter Classic. In fact, we had a rider in nearly every age category!

Youth Omniums
April also brought the first of the regional youth omniums in Portsmouth, followed by Brighton and of course Poole Wheelers very own event at Bournemouth Velodrome. Our event was incredibly well organised by Simon and Michelle Pettifer which made for the most enjoyable omnium yet! Thanks again to all the sponsors too!

Our riders competing in these included Jamie, Charlie P, Oliver P, Digby, Patrick, Thom-Eidar, Charlotte, Tom, Lucy, Dan, Oliver G, Oliver T, Evie, Ben and Charlie A. For some of our riders it was their first ever race and they sure did everyone proud!

Ollie T and Thom-Eidar having fun at the PW Omnium

Ollie P & Digby ready to go

U10’s waiting for their next race

Tom setting off for the point’s race

Ben in his match sprint

Charlotte in her match sprint
Dan in a breakaway
Our new gazebo looked amazing

Not only was the team spirit high, but the talent was clearly recognised with Jamie, Oliver G, Evie, Lucy, Oliver P and Charlie P all gaining podium spots across the three rounds.

Evie 1st U10 girl

Ollie G 2nd U10 boy

Ollie P 2nd U12 boy

Jamie 3rd U14 boy at Preston Park

Lucy was 1st U16 girl at every event

Jamie and Lucy earned enough points to qualify for the National Omnium Final at Herne Hill. Both showed the PW colours with strength and determination among the country’s best riders.

Local Circuit Leagues
Throughout the summer we had a number of leagues that our youth riders were attending such as Odd Down, Goodwood, Thruxton, Portsmouth circuits and the Winchester Park and Rides.

Tom 3rd in Portsmouth

Lucy riding up in the women’s race at Goodwood

Winchester Criterium included the Southern Regional Road Championships again this year with storming rides from the youngsters including a podium finish from Oliver G, and a top 5 from Charlie P and Jamie along with all our youths giving it 100%.

Lucy top left & Jamie bottom right

Prudential Youth Grand Prix

The summer was a big one for our riders. Lucy and Jamie both competed in the London Prudential Youth Grand Prix at the Olympic Park for the South Team. First time in a team for Jamie and both performing to their best as always.

Tour of Assen
Tour of Assen for Tom, Jamie, Oliver G, Ben, Oliver P and Charlie P gave some great experience in Holland and some of the toughest racing yet! There’s a great article written by Jamie on our website.

At the same time as Assen, Lucy was racing in the National Youth Track Championships in Newport, a long draining week but plenty of experience gained each day. As we came to the end of the long season we had the UK School Games finals for Lucy and the rest of Team South. She and the other girls raced brilliantly gaining 3rd overall after the short crit races and 3rd by a fraction of a second in a gruelling team time trial.  Lucy herself gained 2nd in the sprints day and 8th in her final youth road race.

Tom at the start of the 60 lap scratch race

Inter-Regional Track Championships
Our final track race for the youth was for Tom and Lucy in the Inter-Regional Track Championships up in Glasgow. Both doing their bit for the team in a tough weekend of racing.

Time Trials
Many of the youth riders have taken part in time trials too over the summer and there are details of those on our Time Trial page. Three riders – Tom, Jamie and Izzy – recently won their categories at the National Closed Circuit competition. So watch this space for further wins.

Dan, Jamie, Izzy, Ben & Tom after their fantastic rides

What a year it has been for all our youth riders with ups and downs for everyone. It’s all learning and amazing experience, and a big thank you to all the organisers and volunteers at all the events across the country.



And not forgetting Graham our coach and the parents for the constant support and encouragement throughout the season. Thank you!

Graham on his track bike at Bournemouth joining in our fun!

Written by Lucy Gadd
Junior Ladies Captain (2016–17)