Club events and group rides UPDATE

Last week (8th July) the committee discussed the potential of restarting club events including social and group rides, TTs and Track sessions.
After discussing the options and reviewing the current guidelines and restrictions, many people within the club who are key to these events and rides taking place, are not currently comfortable to restart club events at this moment in time.
The committee are in constant contact with each other and are due to revisit the restrictions at the end of July and will give you an update thereafter.
We appreciate everyone is keen to reinstate the club events, however we feel there is a big ask on the personal to put these events on. We pride ourselves on being a social club and with the restrictions and logistics to follow, these restrict and hinders the enjoyment of these types of events. Please bear with us and we will let you know as soon as possible of any developments going forward.
In the meantime, happy cycling, stay safe and we look forward to catching you all again soon!
On behalf of PWCC committee

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




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

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.


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

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 Personal Best  
6 Richard Porter CC Weymouth 21:20 28.125 82.869    
7 Tim Flynn Poole Wheelers 21:38 27.735 81.574 Season Best 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 Thomas 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!

Ride Dorset Cycle Challenge 2017

Rejected by the Ride London ballot (again!)?

Then why not muster your local cycling group and join the Not Ride London – Ride Dorset Cycle Challenge on the same day? All in support of Julia’s House childrens hospices.

Our aim is to organise a FREE to enter and fun, yet nonetheless challenging ride through the stunning Dorset countryside for local club riders, social cycling groups and like-minded cycling enthusiasts. The routes are intended to be challenging enough to be interesting, but not so insanely brutal that everyone is in bits at the end!

With a choice of 50 or 100 mile routes, Ride Dorset is the perfect alternative for those of us who now find ourselves with a free weekend in July, having not been lucky enough to get a place in this year’s Ride London/Surrey 100 ballot.

There’s also a shorter family ride along the Castleman Trail of around 10 miles for those who would like to take part in a more “relaxed” way!

Entry is completely FREE – all we ask is that entrants make a donation to Julia’s House, which you can do on our Just Giving page here:

You can download the PDF flyer from our Facebook page.


The ride is being organised by Chris Davis and Ben Salvia, who later this summer will be taking on the Julia’s House Bournemouth to Paris Cycle Challenge.

Rather than ask our friends and family for sponsorship, we’d rather you get something in return for your kind donations. So we’re simply asking for a modest donation (as much or as little as you like) in return for FREE entry to the Ride Dorset Cycle Challenge.

So if you’ve not made Ride London (either by choice or otherwise!) we’d love you to join us on 30th July and would really appreciate you making a donation towards Julia’s House.

We’re paying our own way to Paris, so 100% of the donations we receive will go to directly to Julia’s House to support the amazing work they do to support life-limited childern and their families.

About Julia’s House

Julia’s House cares for life-limited and life-threatened children in Dorset and South Wiltshire. Unfortunately the majority of these children are not expected to live into adulthood. Julia’s House provides families with respite in their own homes and at Julia’s House, Dorset’s Children’s Hospice.

I urge you to take a look at the Julia’s House website to find out more about the wonderful care and support this amazing charity provides to families in Dorset.   

Sadly Julia’s House receives just 5% of its annual funding from the Government, making it one of the least-supported hospices in the UK and reliant on donations and fundraising to be able to carry on providing the important services it offers to terminally ill children and their families.

The Ride Dorset Routes

Starting from the Merley Community Centre, riders will visit some of Dorset’s most breathtaking (literally!) views and prettiest villages. Participants in both the 50 and 100 mile courses will share the same route for the first 40 miles or so.

Heading out of Wimborne towards the western edge of the New Forest, riders will cross the Avon Causeway and then on quiet country roads head towards Ringwood and then Harbridge. From here the route becomes a little more lumpy with one or two testing climbs as it heads toward Alderholt, Verwood, Horton and Witchampton.

42 miles in, and shortly after the climb towards Tarrant Rawston, the routes split. 50 mile riders will head back along Mill Lane and Cowgrove Road towards Wimborne for a well-earned cup of tea and slice of cake, having completed around 2000ft of climbing.

The 100 milers on the other hand will take a right turn and head into Blandford before tackling the major climb of the day to Dorset’s highest point – Bulbarrow. After taking in the stunning views of the Blackmore Vale, riders will head to Stoke Wake and then turn south through some of Dorset’s prettiest rural villages, on to Milborne St Andrew and then Puddletown, Moreton and Wool, before heading back to Wimborne via Wareham. 100 miles in total, with 5500ft of pointing uphill.

The 10 mile route will take place later in the day and will be predominantly off road along the Castleman Trailway, looping from the Merley Community Centre via Broadstone.

Full details of the event and routes can be found on our facebook page. 


Depart time – 100 mile riders: 0830

Depart time – 50 mile riders: 0900

Depart time – 10 mile family ride: 1400

All riders should sign in at the Merley Community Centre ahead of the ride. Riders can take as long as they like to complete the course.

Rides will conclude at the Merley Community Centre where refreshments will be available.

There is no minimum age restriction to enter, although all riders should be aware that they enter the event at their own risk. Riders under 16 should be accompanied by a responsible adult (18+).

All riders are encouraged to wear a helmet.

The 50 and 100 mile rides are intended for riders who have experience of riding in social or club groups and are comfortable navigating their own way around a pre-planned route.

Course maps and direction sheets will be available on the day and for download ahead of the event. We will also make an electronic GPX file available for those using Garmins and other GPS devices.

This will be an “Audax” style event, i.e., requiring riders to navigate thieir own way around the course. It will not be sign posted or marshalled, so riders are responsible for their own route keeping, timing and safety. The course will be on public roads, athough has been planned to take place on quieter roads wherever possible. That said, this is not a closed road event and riders should take care at all times and abide by the highway code.

By agreeing to join the ride, riders agree to accept responsibility for their own safety and well-being.

We hope that riders will ride together in their regular social groups and enjoy a relaxed and fun day out.

This is not a race!

It is our intention to provide a ride leader/marshal for the 10 mile family event. Children under the age of 16 should be accompanied by an adult. This route will take place mainly off-road on the Castleman Trail.

There is ample free parking at the Merley Community Centre for those arriving by car.

No, we simply ask that you register on arrival and provide a contact number, so we have an idea of who is taking part in the event.

Yes of course. Entry is free. We’d simply ask you to make a donation to Julia’s House if you are taking part in the ride. You can make this on the day or in advance on our Just Giving page.

This will depend to some degree on how many volunteers we can arrange to help support the event. We hope to arrange a feed station at around the 30 mile point, before the route splits. This will provide opportunity for water bottle refils and the usual quick snack.

Of course, riders will have the opportunity to stop for a sociable coffee/cake stop at any number of local coffee-shops along the route. In particular those taking on the 100 mile challenge who are likely to need a second stop will need to make their own arrangements. A list of possible stop points will be listed on the facebook page nearer the time.

Please note that our aim here is to raise money for charity, so we are attempting to keep the costs of organising this event to a minimum. Hopefully riders will appreciate that.

Refreshments will be available to purchase at the end of the ride at the Merley Community Centre (all funds raised will also be donated to Julia’s House).

Please register with the event Facebook page

All updates, including the route information, will be posted here.

We will also be emailing final details to all registered riders 2-3 weeks before the event.