As per previous post no club rides until further notice.
If you choose to go out on your own please adhere to current government advise and guidelines.
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.
Ian Dryden – Chairman
Graham Hurst – President
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!
A big thanks to all our members who make the club what it is.
Here’s to another amazing year of cycling ahead.
Regrettably, due to heavy rain and weather warnings forecast all evening, the decision has been made to cancel the club ride again this week. Hopefully we’ll be back next week!
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
We will this winter have 5 sessions at Calshot 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
2/11/19 – 14.00-17.00
07/12/19 – 14.00-17.00
04/01/20 – 13.00-16.00*
01/02/20 – 14.00-17.00
07/03/20 – 14.00-17.00
* Note this Jan session is 1 hour earlier than the others.
Cost £5.00 per session
These sessions will be open to all members, and will be ideal for someone who has not ridden the track before and wants to come along and learn, but also for experienced riders.
The emphasis will be on learning to ride the track safely and competently in a group – yes, there will be some times when you will be required to work harder, but also times when you can have a bit of fun; after all, it will be winter then and not too many of you will still be racing. Depending on the take up, we can increase the intensity of the sessions in the New Year when some of you will be building up towards the new season.
Remember this is Calshot – NO big gears, 81” is ideal – I will be checking!!! (U16’s use an U14 gear).
If you don’t have a track bike, these can be hired at the track, cost is £10.00 for seniors and £7.50 for juniors (u18).The hire bikes are fitted with Look Keo pedals. Shoes are also available for hire at a cost of £3.50.
Pedals are not allowed to be changed on Hire Bikes
However we do have some club bikes so if you need one please contact me before and we will see if we have one you can borrow.
There are good changing / shower facilities at the track should you require these after the session.
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!!!))
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.
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.
Put your name down now and we’ll be sorted for the season in no time!
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