Wednesday 30 November 2011

Poole Wheelers Christmas Cracker Cyclo-Cross

The Event
On Sunday 18th December 2011 Poole Wheelers will be hosting a British Cycling Cyclocross event that will be held on the Sika Trail, Wareham Forest. This event is part of the Wessex League series and will count for points in the overall Wessex League competition.

Getting There
The address for the event is: The Forestry Commission, Bere Road, Wareham, BH20 7PA. Those using Sat Nav, this post code will probably take you to the Silent Woman Public House but do not worry as you will only be 100 yds away from the course. Look out for the Marshals who will direct you to parking area’s. Those coming from the North and West will come in through Blandford and Bere Regis then just follow signs to Wareham. Those coming in from the East need to come in Via Sandford and Wareham then follow signs to Bere Regis. We are between Wareham & Bere Regis.

Event Toilets are being provided for this event. Please use this facility, public are everywhere and the Forestry Officers take a very dim view of persons using their trees as a toilet. Unfortunately, there are no changing or shower facilities so we ask that competitors be as discreet as possible when changing in this very public area.

Professional Caterers are attending the event. They are a very nice couple who are farmers from deepest Dorset and only sell products that have been produced on their farm. Should be very tasty and healthy and we hope you make use of this facility.

Cycle Experience of Wareham is attending this event and will be providing mechanical support free of charge. If you have a problem with your machine then pop along and see them and they will sort it for you. Replacement parts will be charged.

The Course
The course is about 3600 meters long and very fast in the majority places. It has a mixture of surfaces, wide, hard packed fire tracks, downhill mud section, a Sand Trap, pine trails and grass. It’s a great course; it is challenging and should be fun. For a sneak preview of the course then go to Google Maps, type in the Post Code, go to Satellite View and it is about 300 meters south west of Cold Harbour. There will be shortened versions for Under 12’s and Youth.


Racing will take place as per the time table promulgated on the British Cycling Website.


Normal prizes will be presented however Cycle Experience Marketing will also be sponsoring prizes in the form of ‘Handy Bits’ for cyclists. You never know you might get something quite handy. Now for the important bit…….

In early 2011 Rob Jefferies, a very prominent Volunteer Co-Ordinator of British Cycling and a Poole Wheeler, was tragically killed in a Road Traffic Collision whilst out cycle training. A hugely popular person, Rob lived and breathed cycling so in his memory a Velo Fund was set up to help up and coming young riders develop in any cycling discipline. In respect of this, a great prize is up for grabs that is free to enter although any donations into the bowl at ‘Signing On’ will be appreciated.

The prize, worth over £200, is an evening meal, one night stay and breakfast at the five star Kemps Country House Hotel for two people. This will be a great opportunity for CX members to come down to the Purbecks and ride our wonderful countryside for a weekend. Your race number will automatically enter you into the prize draw. Non riders can also enter at a cost of £1 per ticket.

Post Racing
There is plenty to see and do in the Purbecks. Why not try our Saxon Town Pubs, visit Corfe Castle ruins or take a trip on Swanage Steam Railway. Whatever you choose we hope you enjoy the Poole Wheelers Christmas Cracker Cyclocross event.

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