History of the club

Poole Wheelers was established on 10th November 1926.

Initially named Poole Wheelers C. & A.C. (Cycling and Athletics Club), the club was renamed before the Second World War to what we know it as today, Poole Wheelers Cycling Club. You might come across some old cycling medal’s from the early years, as shown here (right) with the icon of a dolphin in the centre.


The Harold Cribb Memoirs

We are very lucky to have a detailed record of our early club history, in the form of Harold Cribb’s memoirs (pictured right inset, at the clubs Diamond Jubilee ceremony with Jack Jeffries, the club President at the time 1986), which covers the period from the club’s formation on 10th November 1926 through to 1986, and a more recent history written to cover the 1990s and part of the 2000s.



Club Achievements, Notable Cyclists and Mentions

You can view complete race stats and past trophy winners on our results website.


2020 – Covid-19

From March onwards, all club events, races and group rides have been cancelled in line with Government and British Cycling guidelines. It is doubtful that any real-life racing will go ahead this year. Many club members have been getting involved with online Virtual Racing via Zwift organised by British Cycling Southern Region. To start with, all club members were asked to refrain from any group riding other than with people from their household and gradually, as the restrictions are eased… the club will look to implement the successful group rides, as that option becomes safe for everyone to take part in.


2019 – Poole Wheelers Wins Cycling Weekly Club of the Year!

After being short-listed for the Cycling Weekly award along with with Glasgow Wheelers and Ilkeston Cycle Club, our club President, Graham Hurst and Men’s Captain, Craig Weston were the selected committee members to attend the awards ceremony in London on 28th November. The club was short-listed for a number of key reasons which Lauren Bishop (committee member) identified in the original application – the club were thrilled to win the Award which now resides with our long-standing Committee member, Ros Spencer.



2019 – Gail Brown, Transcontinental Achievement

Gail took part in the infamous European Cycle race and finished as 3rd overall female cyclists! A huge achievement for a lady who is well known for her ability on the bike. Gail was the inspiring guest speaker at the club awards in December that year with stories of the event – everyone is in awe of her!




2018 – Poole Wheelers Feature in Cycling Weekly

With the increase in participation and club member numbers, Poole Wheelers were identified by Cycling Weekly and featured in their April 2018 magazine – and also still available online to view.


2017 – Sam Wadsley

2017 Silver at the Junior National Closed Circuit Time Trial championship at Thruxton with a time of 25:06, and Bronze in the Best British All-Rounder (BBAR) Junior Boys category with an impressive average speed of 29.406mph. He also came fourth overall in the Chris Boardman Trophy the same year. In 2017 Sam snatched three club TT records for 10/25/50 miles. Now rides for Primera TeamJobs.


2016 – Becky Raybould

2016 World Champion in Junior Scratch Race, Bronze in the the junior women’s team pursuit together with GB team mates Eleanor Dickinson, Lauren Dolan, and Jessica Roberts, at the 2016 UEC Track Juniors and U23 European Championship, and Bronze in junior women’s points race. Nominated for British Cycling’s ride of the year in 2016. Now rides for Team Breeze and Great Britain Cycling Team in the women’s endurance squad. (pictured right – Becky in Switzerland winning her world title).


2016 – Club Kit and Logo

The new kit is bright red and includes a bright yellow stripe across the chest. The logo was updated to a circle with three colours inside (with the phrase ‘ride beyond’ inside). I wonder if Howard Pankhurst (club Chairman in previous years) had something to do with this as it is very similar to a ‘Quadrophenia’ theme I know he loves with his old Lambretta scooters!? I also wonder if the ‘Ride beyond’ was taken from the song ‘one step beyond’ by Madness? let me know if I’m wrong?


1990s – Gary Dighton

Prolific cyclist and highly successful on the British time trial scene during the 1990s. In 1990 he won the British Best All-Rounder with an average speed of 26.216mph, he broke the competition record for the 25-mile time trial in 1991 with a time of 48.07, and rode in the team time trial at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. He was a close friend of people in the club and joined Poole Wheelers in 2010 after a 12-year retirement. Poole Wheelers organise an annual Open Time Trial in his memory.



1990s – Rob Jefferies

Bronze medalist at the British National Derny Champion in 1999, and Bronze medalist in the Keirin at the British National Track Championships in 1993.



1990s – Club Kit and Logo

The design was based on the Motorola Pro kit – flipped and with PWCC colours applied. Club Member John Burrows and the rest of the committee were involved in the kit update with Andy Hartwell designing the new club logo, a combination of Poole and a bicycle firing the ‘oo’s of the logo.




1980s – Club Kit and Logo

This design was created by Paul Wilkin (Graphic designer) with a splash-stripe style design across the top and shorts with a black PW logo on the front.

1970s – Andy Sawyer

In 1974, Andy Sawyer came third in the National Schoolboy Championships in Leicester. The following year, in Southampton, he was crowned champion, winning by over a lap.





1970s – Club Kit and Logo

The bright yellow and red was maintained (from the previous jersey) – in this version with stripes down each side and a PW logo on the back




1960s – Club Kit and Logo

This jersey had pockets on the front (chest) and back (as we see trending today) with ‘Poole Wheelers’ on the back. During this same period, the kit designed was retained but moved to a yellow and red in place of that shown. I believe the red/yellow was adopted to replicate the colours of the Dorset flag




1940s/1950s – Sybil Mayer

Became the first Ladies Association champion


1930s – Bill Harvell wins Burge Cup in front of 12,000 spectators in Poole

In 1930, Bill Harvell won a 20 mile championship race on 7th May 1930in record time. The race was watched by 12,000 spectators who saw Bill win the race with a time of 49 minutes and 48 seconds, considering the technology at the time, that was an impressive time for club riders of today, let alone in 1930!



1930s – Ernie Holmwood

Won the 1933 National Pursuit title at Herne Hill with Bill Harvell


1930s – Bill Harvell

Competed in the Los Angeles Olympics in 1932 and won a Bronze medal in the 4000m team pursuit (read the full account on Marguerite Wilson – The First Star of Women’s Cycling website). He also finished 3rd in the 1934 British Empire Games 10 miles scratch, and fifth in the 1934 British Empire Games track time trial (full results). (Pictured – Charlie Holland, Frank Southall, Bill Harvell & E. Johnson – Bronze 4000m (from William Wilson’s book about Marguerite Wilson


1930s – Poole Wheelers Club Run

Top row (L to R) unknown, Reg Mullins, Aubrey Jenkins, Ernest Bridle, George Butler, Cyril Crouch. Middle row- Harold Crib, Bill Middle, George Butler, Percy Old, Doris Maddox, Topsy Emery (later rode in the Bournemouth Arrows Ladies Team with Marguerite Wilson), Kit Turner. Bottom row – Bill Harvell, Jack Hetherington, Ted Cake, Walter Paget. See full image details and information here.




1926 – Club Kit and Logo

The original kit was green – We have taken advantage of artistic license with the very first jersey as we have limited information on this design. Please get in contact with us if you have any more information on this?


Club Presidents

  • 1926-1943 L.E. James
  • 1944-1947 W.A. Dightam
  • 1948-1949 H. Cribb
  • 1950-1953 E.G. Speck
  • 1954-1955 A. Rothwell
  • 1956-1959 R.F. Russell
  • 1960-1964 J. Jefferies
  • 1965-1969 A. Smith
  • 1970-1971 R. Mills
  • 1972-1975 P. Beckley
  • 1976-1986 H. Cribb
  • 1987-2000 J. Jefferies
  • 2001-2014 C. Price
  • 2015-2017 R. Spencer
  • 2018-Current: G. Hurst


Information to Add

Alex Jolliffe

Now rides for Team Terminator and British Cycling’s senior academy programme.


Ali Fielding

British Cycling development squad


Terry Icke

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