"Jean Terry (nee Whitby) was born in Sunbury-on-Thames in 1934, and loved to take part in sports and outdoor activities from an early age. She met her husband Bob Terry when they were both members of the Clarence Wheelers in the late 1950s; they were married in 1956, and have one daughter, Helen, who is a keen recreational cyclist. When she was most active in cycling, Jean took part in all aspects of the sport, including touring, track and road racing, time trials, and long-distance record attempts. (With her tandem partner, Anne Bendall, Jean broke a number of records, some of which - such as the London to Bath and back record - still stand today.) Although work and family commitments took her away from competitive cycling, and arthritis severely limited her mobility in later years, Jean maintained her interest in cycling throughout her life.
Stuart Grace on par for most ambitious challenge yet!
CYCLING and golf enthusiast Stuart Grace is on par for his most ambitious fundraising feat yet.
The 60–year-old will raise money for the cardiac charity Wessex Heartbeat by playing 100 holes of golf and cycling 100 miles between six golf courses, in just one day.
Ashley-based Stuart will set off at 3am on Friday July 28 and cycle to six courses in Hampshire and Dorset.
Crane Valley Golf Club in Verwood will be the first of five 18 holes he will play.
Then it will be back on his bike, pedalling hard to play 18 holes at each of Highcliffe Castle, Barton-on-Sea, Walhampton (Lymington) and Stoneham in Southampton, before ending up at Romsey Golf Club for the last 10 holes by 10pm.
Father-of-three Stuart will be attempting the exhausting challenge to raise funds for Wessex Heartbeat, the charity which supports the Wessex Cardiac Centre at Southampton General Hospital.
He said: “During recent years I have lost some much loved friends to heart conditions and my mother also had a serious heart condition before she died.”
He continued: “Since setting up 25 years ago, Wessex Heartbeat has raised £15.8 million to fund vital equipment and research at the Wessex Cardiac Centre.
“The charity also provides accommodation to thousands of heart patients’ relatives at Heartbeat House, just a stone’s throw from the unit.
“So I want to do all I can to help the charity continue its great work.”
Stuart, a sailmaker is no stranger to challenges.
In 2009 he played 72 holes and cycled 72 miles to raise money for the Piam Brown Children’s Oncology Ward at Southampton Hospital.
He added: “This latest challenge will undoubtedly be the hardest thing I have ever done, and because of the length of it I will have to ride really hard between each course just to make it round.
“But I feel I can do it and I’m really hoping people will come forward, sponsor me and help me raise as much money as possible.”
Stuart’s brother Richard will be transporting his clubs, spare bikes, food, water and clothing around the 100 mile circuit.
He will also be assisted on the ride by Paralympian cycling champion Darren Kenny OBE, with support from former Southampton FC manager and Wessex Heartbeat Patron Laurie McMenemy MBE.
Laurie said: “What Stuart is attempting is remarkable, but I have no doubt he will do it. This man is not only as fit as a fiddle and a brilliant golfer, he has true determination and compassion for others.
“I know I speak for everyone at Wessex Heartbeat when I say we are absolutely brimming with admiration for him.”
Stuart can be sponsored in his challenge at: www.justgiving.com
The Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers said farewell to Bob Wareing on Tuesday 20th June 2017. A splendid turn out of members, testament to Bobs popularity escorted the funeral cortege on its approach to the Bournemouth Crematorium. The Jubilee then formed a guard of honour as Bobs coffin was borne into the chapel. Club president, Peter Warhurst read the eulogy, speaking of Bobs early life in Liverpool. Both were outsiders, Peter moving to Bournemouth from North London, Bob, a scouser, arriving via Nottingham and Somerset. Bob took up cycling in 1951, riding for the Melling Wheelers before his work with textile giant Courtaulds took him to Nottingham. Bob met his wife to be Barbara and bike racing took a back seat as family and career took over. Bob, now father to Alex(1974) and Katrina (1975) joined Derby Mercury CC and returned to racing in 1977 , before work again took him to Wellington in Somerset. Despite a busy life Bob found time to study for an Open University maths degree, while still racing with Exeter Wheelers. Local cycling archives show "Bob Wareing, Exeter Wheelers 230.460 miles in the Poole Wheelers 12 of 1980. Aided by his degree Bob landed a job with a major insurance firm in Bournemouth and moved to Christchurch in 1982. Joining Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers, Bob rode a 12 hour event virtually every year from 1982 until his retirement from racing in 1996. His greatest distance, 238.743 miles in 1989 aged 54, records show Bob rode his final race in 2003 aged 68. Bob is revered and remembered with enduring affection by all Jubilee members for the many years of work which he put into running the clubs Tuesday evening time trial programme. "All accompanied by a smile and a helpful manner, every rider liked and respected him" Peter went on to say "Bob also earned a reputation for his mastery of the laptop computer and the production of all sorts of charts, statistics and obscure competitions. Looking back it would perhaps not have surprised us if he had set up a race limited to only those whose mother-law had been born on a Friday"
In recent years Bob underwent heart valve surgery also suffering (in silence) with irregular heart beats but did not let this stop him having a gentle ride on his bike most days. Incredibly Bobs meticulous records show, that despite his age and health he covered 923.3 miles in 2016 bringing his lifes recorded mileage to 316,196, awesome. As Peter says, "We are all fortunate to have had Bob in our lives and hope that he is now somewhere where he can ride his bike always gently downhill and with the breeze behind."
7th September 1934~25th May 2017
Bob Wareing’s funeral service will take place at Bournemouth Crematorium at 11am on Tuesday 20th June.
We do hope that a goodly number of the Jubilee members, whom Bob served for so many years in running our club time trials, will attend in his honour. Members in Jubilee kit are particularly welcome, especially if coming by bike to join the cortege as it approaches the crematorium from the west in Strouden Avenue. Arrangements will be made for supervision of the cycles while the ceremony is in progress.
Bob’s widow Barbara, son Alex and daughter Katrina invite all those attending (and those Jubilee members who can’t make it to the service) to the following wake at the Cliff House Hotel, Belle Vue Road, Southbourne BH6 3DA from 12.30.
Please advise Peter Warhurst, email@example.com if you propose joining the cycling tribute.
Signing on is just north of the start point on Gatemore road and as usual closes 15 minutes before the start time.
Interclub points will still be awarded.
Saturday 11th March 2017 Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers will be holding a introductory club run to Blandford (straight out and back)18/20 miles. This is aimed at 14 year olds and over , it is imperative that they are accompanied by a parent/s . Please meet 0900 hrs outside Merley first school , Harrier drive. All welcome . Any quires please contact Simon.....firstname.lastname@example.org
# 2003 - 2017 : 14 years of Awesome #
DHCyclesport is a winning brand - The DHC were number one and British Cycling’s regional club champions 2007, 2008 and 2009.
DHC aims to be inclusive, welcoming and a friendly place for all road cyclists. While the core of the club and it's race team aim to introduce cyclists of all backgrounds to the world of road racing. We also provide a variety of social and training rides so you can always find something that’s right for you. Whether you ride for fun, or are looking to race, you will be welcome to join us here at DHC !
The affiliation to DHC is £20 per annum. A mere pittance to be a part of something so awesome !
The DHC has had the pleasure of having World Champions, numerous National Champions and lots of ex Professional riders amongst our ranks. However our biggest strengths were and continue to be - helping local racers reach their potential. We continue to help aspiring young and older riders alike.
Through the years DHC has had many World leading brands as sponsors for the team, including Selle Italia, Viner, FSA, to name a few. Colnago were a major sponsor for the team in the past decade and supplied team bikes for 2009 and 2010. More recently with the permission of the idomitable Velominati we have proudly emblazoned on our training kit - 'The DHC -Where #Rule5 is King' ! --- Love it !
If you like to ride hard and would like to join us - we want to help you be your very best - Go! Ride! Win!
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90th Year Dinner and Prize presentation
Poole Wheelers celebrated its 90th year with its annual dinner and prize presentation at Salterns Hotel last night with over 70 members and guests attending.
It was hoped that Becky Raybould current world Junior scratch race champion would have been able to attend but now she in on British Cycling’s senior academy unfortunately that was not possible but she very kindly sent her Mum Rachel to deputise for her and to present all the awards on her behalf.
Rachel did very kindly bring along Becky’s world champion’s jersey medal and 2 European medals which Becky had won earlier this year
Award winners 2016
Sam Wadsley Junior South District Championship for the 4th Year - too old next year !!!
Rothwell Points competition
Gary Tuskin 9th 104 points
Daren Lewis 8th 107 points
Sam Wadsley 7th 110 points
Terry Belbin =5th 112 points
Luke Trussler =5th 112 points
Steve Pink 4th 119 points
Les Jessop 3rd 133 points
Einar Thorsen 2nd 140 points
Luke Rendell 1st 198points
Peter Bowen 3rd Division 10 League
Howard Pankhurst 2nd Division 10 League
Luke Trussler 1st Division 10 League
Sam Wadsley Premier Division 10 League
Sam Wadsley Handicap 10 League trophy
Sam Wadsley Junior 10 League
T Flynn Best Improver - over the year
T Flynn Mike Malins Trophy - For best improver in the Harold Crip open 25mile TT
Luke Rendell Novice shield
Luke Rendell Hill Climb Trophy
Luke Rendell Handicap Trophy - For Open 25
Daren Lewis Vets BAR - Ave Speed
Daren Lewis Vets BAR - Ave Speed on Std
Steve Pink Senior Club Champion
Mark Valentine Senior Cyclo-cross
Rebecca Hurst Ladies Senior Cyclo Cross Champion
Bryn Turner Juvenile Boy Cyclo cross Champion
Lucy Gadd Juvenile Girl Cyclo-cross Champion
Lucy Gadd Colin Price Trophy for the outstanding Junior / Juvenile on the track
Simon Pettifer Senior Track Champion
Rebecca Hurst Junior Lady Track Champion
Lucy Gadd U16 - Girl Track Champion
Tom Day U14 - Boy Track Champion
Poppy Llewellyn U12 Girl Track Champion
Jamie Whitcher U12 Boy Track Champion
Martin Rowland Senior Road Race Trophy awarded for BC points
T Flynn Equal first on number of TLI points
Gavin Smith Trophy for highest place rider in the Dorset league both BC and TLI racing
Sam Wadsley Junior Road Racing
Club Person of the year announced on the night
Forty members attended the Annual Prize Giving Dinner at the St Leonard's hotel. Guest of honour Jason Gault entertained everyone with an enjoyable talk about his change from bodybuilder to cyclist and club champion John Samways picked up most of the prizes. A good night was had by all!
Trevor Fenwick 1930-2016
A Celebration of the Life of Trevor Fenwick
By Alan McRae
Trevor has been a hero of mine for all the 55 years I have known him and I consider it an honour to be asked by Shaun to speak today in celebration of his truly remarkable life. In doing so, I hope to demonstrate to Shaun, his family and friends over from France the high esteem in which Trevor was held by us here in Bournemouth as a cyclist, a friend and an inspiration.
I’ll be using contributions from Trevor’s club the Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers and from Trevor himself, taken from emails to me being the person he called his coach, a title of which I am of course very proud.
But before that however from the family, Shaun has asked me to tell you a few of his own memories of his Dad:
“I remember a time when Mum stayed at home to look after the cats and my Dad cycled over to my house from the night ferry in Le Havre one Monday. I finished work at 7.00 and we each did a 100 km to meet each other in Rouen. There were no mobiles at the time as we attempted to cross each other there. We might have easily missed each other but we never did. Then we'd go into a restaurant Routier where you could eat and drink as much as we liked, and we did. We would then finish the 100km back to my place. Once Guy came with me and took us past Jacques Anquetil’s house. Another time we visited Victor Hugo’s house where we got told off for wearing cycling shoes indoors. Dad sat down on a chair to take them off and then got told off for sitting in Hugo’s favourite chair! Dad and I also did some touring, one of my favourites was riding together down the Loire Valley, stopping at the major landmarks to sample the wine at every stop, they were good times and we had many of them.”
So where did all this start?
During Trevor’s early life he was based in Manchester. Shaun tells me his Dad first tried boxing, won the first 2 fights, lost the 3rd so decided to try something else!! The next stop came “le velo”. There will be a couple of photo albums at the Hotel Collingwood, have a look if you can, they are a fabulous record of road racing in that area at that time. By his early 20s Trevor, this “Electrical Technician”, was riding the best and toughest races in the UK as part of the Wearwell Cycles trade team. Between 1951 and 1954, Trevor was winning about 10 road races a year, as well as training at Fallowfield Track and out on the road with the likes of Reg Harris, a man renowned as a really tough training partner. These road events took Trevor all over the country as well as a few trips to Europe. A few statistics, it’s 1951 and Trevor is riding the Tour of Britain aged just 21, - 12 stages, 1624 miles (2600Km), average 135 miles each, Trevor took a 3rd place on Stage 4 and was part of the winning Team. At 21!!!
Trevor was always looking ahead, the obvious step for Trevor was to take the plunge and go “over there” full time, to the rough tough world of racing at the highest level in Belgium.
So 1955, with precious little outside help, Trevor was lining up with the big hitters in the major classics such as Liege/Bastonne/Liege and Fleche Wallone and holding his own against all that was thrown at him.
While others talked and dreamed, Trevor took the plunge and actually did it.
It was a tough life living the dream under difficult financial constraints. The other world, outside the racing bubble, was catching up. Trevor had met and married the lovely Betty. With a property in England it was inevitable that they would return to pick up their careers.
Trevor’s was in the Electrical Industry and in the early 60’s, as part of the standardisation of National Grid, Trevor, Betty and by now a young Shaun moved to Bournemouth.
As a former professional Trevor was not allowed by the rules to race as an amateur. So Betty and Trevor took it up themselves to lift the standard of road racing in the area. As members of the Bournemouth Olympic this tiny group of enthusiasts set out to bring professional racing to the area. These are my first memories of Trevor and Betty. As a 15 year old I found myself standing in Kings Park at the first stage of what was to become, through the 60s, the “Easter 4 Day”. In the flesh, there was Albert Hitchen, John Perks, Billy Holmes, Harry Reynolds, faces and names I had only read about in Cycling and Sporting Cyclist, some of these guys had ridden the Tour de France, and here they were in my home town. It was so exciting and all down to Betty and Trevor and their team.
Trevor turned his attention to the track and in 1963 Trevor and his Bournemouth Olympic team lent their support to a “demonstration track cycling event” at Winton Recreation Ground where local cyclists were hoping the persuade the Local Authority to allow the use of what was no better than a path around a cricket pitch as a training track. This was successful and that track was used for training for the next 30 years.
How ironic it is to fast forward 40 years to find Trevor taking on the first of his successful Hour Record attempts at that same venue.
In 1970, having reached the age of 40, the rules allowed Trevor to compete again as an amateur, I guess they thought he would too old to do any harm to the fragile temperament of us younger competitors!
Umm, well he did, reinventing himself as a rider of time trials and a member of the Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers, he went on to irritate fellow younger racers by recording a series of very impressive times.
I am grateful to Peter Warhurst from the Jubilee for this personal insight:
“Older members of the Jubilee Wheelers remember Trevor as something of a father figure, forever keen on riding his bike through his later years in the shadows of the time in the 1950s when he was a well known, professional road racer. To some extent he was something of a square peg in a round hole with the Jubilee because his first love was always with road racing rather than time-trialing. However, despite this leaning, for a good number of years he regularly graced our Tuesday evening club time trials, usually arriving in his impressively sized car, of which one feared he could not see over the bonnet, and accompanied by his dear wife Betty. Watching his impeccable riding style and determination I am certain that some of our youngsters must
have learned from him. This time trialing period culminated in his amazing effort in his veteran hour record at Newport, where those of us present appreciated, perhaps for the first time, the mental input to such an endeavour is just as important as the physical.”
Peter goes on to say:
“Before moving to be near his son, Shaun, in France Trevor had a number of years as cycling correspondent and photographer for the Bournemouth Echo, where again his professionalism shone through. In this time Trevor became a regular at photographing riders in local events, usually hiding by a bush or whatever so that the riders did not spot him as they approached. I like the tale Trevor told of a 2-up TT with one rider being a national star and the other a much slower but flamboyant chap, who freely let it be known that he had sat behind the star rider for the whole of the event; except that he had got to know where Trevor would be and burst past his mate just the once. Who says that the camera never lies?”
Thank you Peter.
I got to know an older Trevor a lot better through our email correspondence as he planned and executed the hour record. Trevor had been inspired by the success of Anne Stevens from the Arrow at the World Masters Track Championships. I had advised Anne so Trevor asked me for my thoughts.
As his so called “coach” therefore, as a lot of other people did, I got emails from Trevor as he moved around his various cycling bases during his annual cycling migration. For part of the year, he would be here in the UK for his Saturday Burley ride, Sunday with the Jubilee, or the mid week with “Barrie’s” group rides, and then out to France with Guy and others, then in Majorca in October, Spain in January and February with the ex pats.
I’d like to quote some extracts directly from these mails. This first example is Trev aged 80, based in France, racing in Belgium and planning the build up to the Age Group World Championships in Austria:
“Thanks for your pep talks.
Doing speed first is obvious when you think about it, although I have always done it the other way round. I will give it a try and contact you Thursday afternoon.
About training: It is my intention to train twice a day. Approximately one hour on the turbo in the morning, and one-hour hill climbing in the afternoon, having found hills with a similar profile to St. Johaan. If necessary I will go to the hill in the car, and do three climbs.
About racing in Belgium
The Gavare race was a good field and a hard course. That day we started with a younger age group; which set a high pace all the way round.
The five races were a hotch potch, the results were not brilliant. But I finished feeling strong and satisfied with the final rides.
You know you are going well in Belgium when the other riders are swearing at you for chopping them up on the corners, usually it happens the other way around.”
I could tell Trevor really enjoyed training with his group in France with Guy, his favourite training partner, using local climbs to replicate the climbs he would find in Austria.
So here is a man of 80 who still has burning ambition. Remarkable
As recently as last September, Trevor is now 85, and planning to attack the 85+ Hour record this year:
“I finished the antibiotics on Wednesday and I rode out to Beaulieu with the vets on Thursday - 106 km. I felt great and the power meter was showing at least 25% improvement. On Saturday on my own to Burley about 60 km still feeling good. Today Sunday 117 km mostly on my own, including Red Shoot, the power figures were up. The conclusion is that I have not only kept fit whilst not well, but my form is as good as five years ago; which is exciting. My plans are to return to France on Wednesday for a week, ride with my French mates; which will check the form. On the 3rd October two weeks in Majorca with the vets. It might be difficult to do threshold test with proper rest periods over the next couple of weeks. My feeling now is that I am back on course for the hour next year and can cancel any application to join the CTC Easy Riders section!!”
85 and still has ambition and plans, absolutely wonderful.
That is a life to celebrate.
When Trevor took anything on, he did it professionally.
Peter has mentioned his entry into the world of photography. With the camera came the dark room upstairs to develop the films and provide a fast turn around. Shaun tells the story of Trevor going out early evenings to some society event in Bournemouth, snapping away at all the big wigs in their best regalia, then rushing back home to get the films developed, then straight back out to catch the eager customers who even more likely to purchase having been on the hospitality while Trevor was working hard in the dark room. I thought this guy had retired! Never, not ever!
One final facet of Trevor’s character I must mention is his modesty, particularly about past achievements. Trevor’s approach to everything seemed focused on hitting his goals with the minimum of fuss for others or drawing attention to himself. Even on this sad occasion today where Trevor IS the focus of our attention, it was Trevor’s wish to “leave no litter” behind for others to deal with. So we have no Orders of Service that get left in drawers before being thrown away and no flowers that would fade other than simply Family Flowers.
Well Trevor, we have left no litter but you have left a legacy. It was Trevor’s wish that, as when Betty died, we would encourage contributions to the Dave Rayner Fund that supports young riders to follow the path to Europe that Trevor and others pioneered over 60 years ago.
Bear with me please Trev, there are hard sections in everything we do and this is mine.
Trev, the biggest legacy you leave, burning in the hearts and minds of your family and friends gathered here today and so many others scattered around the world, is the abiding memory of a really good guy, a loving husband/father/ grandfather, who was supportive of others in their ventures though life and always, always a thorough professional.
A professional “sur le velo”,
A professional with the pen, and
A professional with the camera.
You achieved so much Trev, so just this once, and for us here today, we have ask you to banish your modesty and show your National Champions Jersey one last time so we can celebrate your achievements with you.
Trevor s funeral took place on Friday 5th August at Bournemouth Crematorium and afterwards at the Hotel Collingwood
In his own words "“The first events were a shock but I have now settled in and finished 2nd on the 28th April, at Westekerke. Our class rides with the over 68s, so the pace is fierce for me. The atmosphere is terrific, with rolling road closures, barriers for the last 200 meters, loudspeaker van and photo finish at all events. Of course I am riding in Bournemouth Jubilee colours.So far i have had two sevenths,1 fifth and two fourths. Last weekend i entered an over 60s event, giving away twenty years is little difficult! I was warned i would take a kicking and a kicking was duly delivered".
Peter Boston 1927-2016
It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing on Tuesday morning of our President Peter Boston, aged 88. Peter had moved into Brook View Care Home, in West Moors, a week before his death due to failing health. He leaves behind his brother James, (a Jubilee family member), sister-in-law Sheila and his niece Hilary to whom the Club offers its condolences.
Peter was born in December 1927 in West London. The family later moved to Woodford Green in South West Essex where he spent his childhood and early adult years.
He was born to be a cyclist, starting just a few months after he was born, being transported in a tandem sidecar on various camping holidays. Cycling was therefore in the blood and around 1943, soon after starting work for Barclays Bank in London, he was able to update to a modern F.C. Parkes and Peter’s cycling career was underway.
It seemed natural at around the age of 18 that he should join a club and out of a great number of racing clubs in north-east London he chose the Forest CC.
In 1946, at the age of 18, Peter was called up to join the Royal Air Force. He was hoping to be flight crew but the entry exam revealed his mathematical skills so he was trained as a radar technician. The RAF had active cycling groups and as pay certainly did not run to fares home, he cycled to and from Camp for weekend leave, up to 100 miles each way. Riding back to Wiltshire from Woodford he would often take advantage of slow moving buses and lorries to provide ‘back wheel’ along the A4. This certainly provided the basis for a successful racing career, especially in the longer distances.
He made steady improvements in his racing and soon became the Club’s fastest rider, winning a string of Club events and being well placed in Opens. Peter usually won the Club Championship.
Peter was a keen Scout and he ran the Venture Scout Group in Chingford from the early 50’s through to 1972 when Barclays Bank decided to move him to Bournemouth. Many young lads were steered towards Peter’s group to gain life experiences which would help them later in adult life. He lead them on mountaineering trips to Wales, the Lake District, Scotland, Norway and the Alps. He also took them gliding, rock-climbing, camping and pot-holing.
Some eventually joined the Forest CC spurred on by Peter’s enthusiasm for cycling. Many remain very grateful to this day for Peter’s help and kindness.
On moving to Bournemouth (West Moors) Peter threw himself into the local racing scene with the Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers and VTTA. In addition to racing he did more time-keeping which he had started on the Eastern Roads and whilst he has never kept a record of how many events he has timed it must clearly have run into many hundreds over a 30 year period. His own time trials have always been fully recorded and he has ridden well over 800.
Peter Boston helping out at Winton Rec Track
Peter raced over six decades and did his best 25 with 1.0.40 when he was 53 years old.
Peter was an expert skier and a founder member of the Dorset Ski Club, only retiring from skiing when he was in his seventies. He was a cycle tourist in the Alps, Corsica, Cyprus, Norway, the Pyrenees as well as all over England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. A member of the Scrumpy Wheelers for 40 years he loved real ale being an early member of CAMRA (the campaign for real ale). His favorite watering hole was The Vine at Pamphill where, incidentally, he held his 80th. birthday celebration, attended by many of his cycling friends.
When he retired early from the Bank at the age of 55years, one of his first trips was to successfully climb Mount Kilimanjaro, at 19,341 feet, the highest mountain in Africa.
Peter will be remembered by all who knew him as a kind, considerate and helpful friend who always looked on the positive side of life and who lived life to the full.
Peter’s funeral will be held at Poole Crematorium on Monday 8th August at 12:00 noon.
Peter’s family has requested family flowers only.
Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers President Peter Boston.
Peter Boston (Left) presents Alan MaCrae with a Cheque for the new Bournemouth Track fund in 2010
It is with great sadness that we have to report the death yesterday morning of our President Peter Boston, aged 88.
Peter had been in failing health for the last few years while receiving nursing care at his West Moors home. It was only last week that he was finally persuaded to move into a nursing home in the village and it is tragic that his passing should follow so soon. During those last few years Peter had had to give up riding any of his 6 or so bicycles and to sell his car as he became generally weaker, particularly suffering from swollen legs and immobility.
Peter hailed from Ilford in north east London and took to cycling (and to scouting, where he rose through the ranks) – together with his younger brother Jim (a family member of the Jubilee) – at an early age before the start of World War II. As soon as he was old enough he joined the local Forest CC cycling club, with which he remained a member for the rest of his life. Both before the war and until his work for Barclays Bank brought him to Bournemouth in the early 1970s Peter’s (and Jim’s) names were regularly seen on Open time trial start and result sheets in the London area, recording times which, though seeming modest by today’s standards were always above the average for their era. Peter’s other love was skiing where he was a regular in the Alps each winter. Being a life-long bachelor he had none of the usual constraints!
The Forest CC was one of the half dozen or so east London clubs which bought a patch of land near the start/finish of their most used time trial courses and built so called “huts” which they used for overnight accommodation when riding events. Peter would often tell stories of his involvement in the building, and until recently attended reunions in the hut.
By a lucky, but most unlikely co-incidence, our club secretary, Dave Mansfield, was a Forest CC member who had lost touch with Peter but who shortly after moving to West Moors six or so years ago met, and recognised, Peter whilst shopping there. So Dave was introduced (with his time-keeping and secretarial skills) to the Jubilee. In these last few years Dave has spent many hours both in visiting and comforting Peter, and in driving him to hospital out-patient visits. True club camaraderie.
From the outset of arriving in the Bournemouth area Peter took fully to every aspect of the Jubilee’s activities, in time-trialling to a high standard (I leave the citing of his times to others), organising of club and open events – not just for BJW but for Wessex VTTA etc. But above all he was a first class timekeeper, servicing every Jubilee club and open event for at least 30 years.
He was also the virtual backbone of the Scrumpy Wheelers and proud member of the real ale group, CAMRA. Your scribe was always slightly jealous of Peter’s ability to recognise a good pint of ale, and particularly his ability to complain about a badly kept one.
The whole of the East Dorset and Southampton cycling community owes Peter a huge debt for all that he has done for us. We offer our condolences to Peter’s brother James, and trust that Peter will find something like CAMRA in the sky.
Jubilee Honorary Life Member and Membership Secretary
I am taking a bit of a long shot to try to track down my sons yellow R600 cannondale bike that was stolen from bournemouth today. Although the bike has little monetary value, it got him into cycling and he's done thousands of miles on his cannondale, He's at Bournemouth University, and the bike does tend to stand out (mostly because its bright yellow). If its at all possible, would you be able to keep an eye out for it please? Im happy to pay a £400 cash reward for its return. It has been reported to the police, and although it was stolen from under a cctv camera, im not holding my breath that anyone will actually take 10 minutes to review the tapes to catch the culprit who nicked it.
As you can see it is fairly unique. When stolen it was fitted with yellow tyres.
Feria Sports, Richard Eastham rides LEJOG and is looking fir some company......
After several years thinking about it, I’ve finally decided to actually get on and do it. I’ll be cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats this summer. Not having raced for some years, I’ve been looking for a new cycling challenge and the classic end-to-end route fits the bill. I’ll be riding it over ten stages in June, as follows:
1. Thursday 2nd June Land’s End – Okehampton (154kms)
2. Friday 3rd June Okehampton – Bristol (163kms)
3. Saturday 4th June Bristol – Shrewsbury (176kms)
4. Sunday 5th June Shrewsbury – Preston (135kms)
5. Monday 6th June Preston – Penrith (113kms)
6. Tuesday 7th June Penrith – Edinburgh (176kms)
7. Wednesday 8th June Edinburgh – Pitlochry (123kms)
8. Thursday 9th June Pitlochry – Inverness (138kms)
9. Friday 10th June Inverness – Dunbeath (130kms)
10. Saturday 11th June Dunbeath – John O’Groats (60kms)
Total distance: 1,380kms
Due to 35mm tyres, mudguards, luggage, lack of training and advancing years I’m working on a schedule of no more than a 23-25 kph average speed. So long days in the saddle. I’m really hoping for a week of good weather and tailwinds.
I’ll be riding solo but if anybody would like to join me along parts of the route, that would be great. I’ve already got a Mr. Gregory Eastham (aged 8) signed up to cover around 10 miles of Stage 2 with me, somewhere between Okehampton and Bristol. I’ve also got some kind offers of support from relatives around Preston and near Edinburgh. Let me know if you can join me and where and we’ll sort it out.
No, I’m not doing it for charity. You’ll also be relieved to know that I won’t be live blogging the ride via multiple social media platforms. However, I will probably set up a WhatsApp group for anybody interested in receiving a series of photos of a lonely bike leaned up against various “Welcome to…” town signs.
Wednesday 20 April 8pm
Battle Mountain: Graeme Obree’s Story (12a)
'Battle Mountain: Graeme Obree's Story' follows the man known as The Flying Scotsman on another seemingly insurmountable quest.
In his 47th year the world champion and world hour record holder competes for the Human Powered Landspeed Record against the best teams, technology and science in the world, with only his hands, eyes, mind and body, a saucepan and a pair of roller blades.
Battling with his inner demons and physical setbacks during the preparation for his latest sporting challenge, 'Battle Mountain: Graeme Obree's Story' is an intimate, emotional and inspiring portrait of a man who time and time again succeeds against all odds.
The documentary will be followed by a Q&A with Graeme Obree.
To book go to the Lighthouse website www.lighthousepoole.co.uk
Tickets £8.50 (£6 Student/child) £6.50 Senior) includes talk
Jenks was a legend in all sports he was involved in and will be truly missed by many.
Julian's life will be celebrated with a service at Southampton Crematorium, Bassett Green Road, SO16 3QB at 2pm on Friday 15th April 2016. Casual dress, please wear something that reminds you of Julian. No jackets of ties, that just wouldn't be his style.
Family flowers only. If you would like to make a donation, Julians family are supporting Professor Sharma's research (Julian's cardiologist) on 'veteran athletes and assessing the impact of life long exercise on the structure and function of the heart'. Although I am not sure Julian thought of himself as a veteran quite yet.
Because it is a research project a just giving page cannot be set up, so donations can be paid to this account and will be passed on to Dr Sharma
Dr E J Fogg
Sort code: 60 02 05
Account number: 83540989
BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION 24th April 2016 *CANCELLED*
Due to road works on the course, the annual British Heart Foundation Ride from Wimborne on the 24th April has been cancelled. It is hoped the charity ride will take place in September.
Sunday 12th June 2016
Whether you’re an avid cyclist or climbing on to two wheels for the first time, this ride could be the challenge for you. You can join us in the New Forest for free training rides on the first Sunday of every month and if 100km isn’t challenging enough, there’s also a 200km option.
Sign up today and you will also receive a FREE Julia’s House cycling jersey when you reach £200 sponsorship!
Your entry includes:
• A dedicated contact at Julia’s House, who will give you one-to-one support all the way
• Free cycling jersey when you reach £200 sponsorship
• Transport available for you and your bike back to the start line
• Free training rides in the New Forest on the first Sunday of every month
• Experienced ride leaders
• Route map
• Downloadable GPX files for both routes
• Chip timing for 200k
• Route marshals
• Qualified First Aiders Medical support
• Full route signage
• Lunch stop with water and snacks
• Support vehicles
• A medal for all finishers
• An invitation to the Hospice where you can see how we use the money you raise for us
• Fundraising support, ideas and tips
• Regular communications to keep you up to date
• Huge cheers and support on the day!
Your registration fee helps to cover towards the costs of organising the event. It’s the money you raise that helps us to pay for the care and comfort of a local child and their family.
We would love all our riders to raise a minimum of £300. This will pay for 10 hours care for a poorly child, and respite for an exhausted mum or dad – a chance for them to have a break or catch up on those little everyday tasks the rest of us take for granted.
We will send you a FREE Julia’s House cycling jersey when you reach £200 sponsorship.
The Hospice to Hospice Cycle has two routes. The 100km (62 miles) and the whopper 200km (124 miles) from our Hospice in Corfe Mullen to Devizes.
Both routes consist of undulating roads, some challenging hill sections but also breath taking views over the Salisbury plain and will meander through some charming Wiltshire Villages. There are, as you would expect, some steeper and more challenging hill sections on the 200km route, but you’ll still cycle through stunning almost traffic free villages.
Start time: 10.00am
Start location: Julia’s House, Corfe Mullen, Dorset
Start time: 8.00am
Start location: Julia’s House, Corfe Mullen, Dorset
Cycling with your family, friends or colleagues? Take part as a team by entering your team name online when you register or emailing us your team name and member
REGISTER YOUR PLACE TODAY
call Hannah Miller on 01202 644220.
Once you have registered we will send you an information pack which includes everything you’ll need to know before and on the day.
Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers celebrated the season with their annual mince pie evening. Twenty three members enjoyed some festive cheer in the more than agreeable surroundings of the Vine Inn at Pamphill.
27/02/2016 Sat BJW (Furzehill) CLUB 10 P472A 15.00 Mountain Bike
05/03/2016 Sat BJW (Moortown) CLUB 10 P303 15.00
13/03/2016 Sun BJW (Pamphill) CLUB 17 P429c 10.00 2 x 8.5
20/03/2016 Sun BJW (Moortown) CLUB 25 P304 10.00
05/04/2016 Tue BJW (Furzehill) CLUB 10 P472A 19.00
19/04/2016 Tue BJW (Moortown) CLUB 10 P311 19.00
28/04/2016 Thu BJW (Moortown) CLUB 10 P303 19.00
03/05/2016 Tue BJW (Pamphill) CLUB 8.5 P429c 19.15
10/05/2016 Tue BJW (Moortown) CLUB 10 p311 19.15
17/05/2016 Tue BJW (Pamphill) CLUB 30k P420/30K 19.15
24/05/2016 Tue BJW (Moortown) CLUB 10 P303 19.15
31/05/2016 Tue BJW (Pamphill) CLUB 25 P429c 19.15 3 x 8.5
07/06/2016 Tue BJW (Moortown) CLUB 10 P311 19.15
14/06/2016 Tue BJW (Furzehill) CLUB 24 P427 19.15
21/06/2016 Tue BJW (Furzehill) CLUB 10 P472A 19.15
28/06/2016 Tue BJW (Moortown) CLUB 25 P304 19.15
05/07/2016 Tue BJW (Moortown) CLUB 10 P303 19.15
12/07/2016 Tue BJW (Furzehill) CLUB 20 P472A 19.15 2 x 10
19/07/2016 Tue BJW (Moortown) CLUB 10 P311 19.15
26/07/2016 Tue BJW (Moortown) CLUB 10 P303 19.15
02/08/2016 Tue BJW (Furzehill) CLUB 10 P472A 19.00
09/08/2016 Tue BJW (Moortown) CLUB 10 P311 19.00 Champ.
16/08/2016 Tue BJW (Moortown) CLUB 10 P303 18.45
23/08/2016 Tue BJW (Pamphill) CLUB 8.5 P429c 18.45 Legacy
16/10/2016 Sun BJW Hillclimb Bulbarrow CLUB 3 Bulbarrow 10.00 inter club
Ben Boardman deservedly picked up the Club Champion award to cap a very dominant season. Ben also received awards for the fastest club 25 and 50 mile times as well as the Handicap Cup. Ben did not have everything his own way during the season as Sasha Ring took home the winner’s trophy for the 10 series in Division 1.
Stephen Skinner was triumphant in Division 2 as well as picking up the age category fastest time over the season. Darren Ridge was the winner of Division 3 in the 10 series. Last season’s club champion Stuart Peckham produced the fastest 100 mile time and the Veteran short distance Best All Rounder.
Paula Eardley won the female Best All Rounder trophy. Graham Lenton was rewarded for the considerable improvement made this season and was the most improved rider and Hill Climb Champion. Maggie Bracher was awarded Club person of the year for the fantastic effort and patience demonstrated throughout the season.
The rides will generally be around 50-70 miles with a cafe stop at the destination. Club runs are not run at race pace, but you do need to be reasonably fit to complete them. You need a robust bike (not expensive) as some of the roads that the club roads take place on are small B-roads so mudguards and 25c tyres are recommended in the Winter Months.
Rides are led by runs captain Andy Cooper – firstname.lastname@example.org
Schedule for Winter 2015/16 is as follows. 09:00 am start Kinson Library (Club Sunday Reliability Rides start at Merley Community Centre)
08-Nov-15 09:00 Wilton
15-Nov-15 09:00 Sherfied English
22-Nov-15 09:00 Dorchester
29-Nov-15 09:00 Landford
06-Dec-15 08:30-09:30 Merley Club Reliability 100km
13-Dec-15 09:00 Fordingbridge
20-Dec-15 09:00 Compton Abbas
27-Dec-15 09:00 Brockenhurst
03-Jan-16 09:00 Swanage
10-Jan-16 08:30-09:30 Merley Club Reliability 75M
17-Jan-16 09:00 Lepe
24-Jan-16 09:00 Weymouth
31-Jan-16 09:00 Morton
07-Feb-16 08:00-9:00 Merley Club Reliability 100M or 100km
The Jubilee also run a faster paced “Chaingang” ride every Saturday morning, departing Hurn Stores at 09:00. The 39 mile loop (below) includes some minor rural roads so mudguards please 1st Nov-31st Jan
Keen cyclist & fitness instructor,Debbie Cooper will be offering core fitness workouts specifically tailored to cyclists this winter in the Bournemouth area.Further details including times & venue to follow soon, in the meantime read about Debbie's Etape Du Tour 2015!. Cooper is a member of Bournemouth Arrow,a time triallist, road racer and experienced triathlete.
My recent obsession with reading as many books as I can get my hands on about drugs involved in cycling has somewhat marred my enjoyment of following the Tour de France on TV. We all seemed to hold out so much hope that Lance Armstrong wasn't cheating yet he fooled us all with the biggest doping operation sport has yet seen and managed to bully and cheat his way to 7 yellow jerseys. And it's not just Lance Armstrong, the Tour has a history of drugs which started many years ago with amphetamines and progressed over the years as more performance enhancing drugs were developed. So why with this sour attitude bothering me did I want to ride a stage of the Tour de France? Since retiring from triathlon 2 years ago this extreme cycling challenge had always been on my bucket list of “must do” events which I hoped would give me more understanding of the Tour and it's great cycling history.
On arrival in Modane, a small mountain town in the Alpes where we were staying, it was easy to see the importance of the Tour de France to the local people. The whole town was decorated with old racing bikes hand painted and decorated and hung up in shop windows or positioned along the roadsides supporting planters for cheery bedding flowers. A series of paintings of different characters on bikes with small captions were displayed in shop windows, these cartoon people told us they were ready to embrace this years Tour. The town had a great “festival” feel.
Nothing was easy about the 2015 Etape du Tour and that included getting to the registration point which was at a ski resort high in the mountains. We needed to register here either on the Friday or Saturday by negotiating the 18km switchback climb from St Jean de Maurienne to La Toussuire. Many drove up, bikes in or on the back of their cars but there was also a constant stream of cyclists testing their legs on this punishing climb which was to be the last part of the 138km Tour stage. Having left my registration until the afternoon I now found myself negotiating the steep switchback climb in temperatures ranging above the mid 30's and it was at this point I thought “can I actually do this, can I complete 138km and 4 huge climbs that make up this stage of the 2015 Tour de France in this temperature”? But at the registration village spirits were high. It wasn't hard to see what a huge organisational operation this was which involved thousands of local volunteers. But the party atmosphere already existed and hopefully this would carry me through this punishing event! It was not just the professional riders that the town embraced it was also all of us amateurs as well.
At around 8am on Sunday July 19th I found myself making my way to my start pen alongside over 15,000 other people. We were due to start in a series of waves and we all had holding pens which were allocated to us depending on our race number. I was number 10,500 the people with the lowest numbers had ranked themselves the quickest and they were due to leave first! There didn't seem to be much wind and the temperature was cool and pleasant. Everyone was really friendly and made polite conversation. I wore my Kenilworth Wheelers top (my old club top from the Midlands) and English people came up to chat as they noticed the English writing on my top. Another guy from the Kenilworth Wheelers was also there although I only vaguely recognised him from club rides. In pigeon French I also started conversations to the many French riders which often ended up in me breaking into English as my “O” level knowledge of French was pushed to it's limit even on exchanging basic pleasantries!
Having not researched the route in depth I didn't know how many kilometres of climbing I was going to be doing all I knew was that the route was 138kms with 4 big climbs. One climb down and 3 to go but nothing could have prepared me for the Col du Glandon and the Col de la Croix de Fer. Luckily I hadn't realised that this climb which took on the two afore mentioned Cols was over 20kms long and involved over 1500m of ascent. It started with switchbacks and continued with switchbacks as it got hotter and hotter. I stopped at a water station early into the climb, I was already over heating. I was wearing a very thin under jersey made of a special fabric to get rid of sweat with my Kenilworth Wheelers cycling club jersey over that. I had to take off one of these layers. The best one to get rid of would have been the under jersey as it was light and I could have stuffed it into one of my jersey pockets but it wouldn't have made much difference to my temperature so I made a decision I was going to lose the Kenilworth Wheelers top. There was no way of carrying it so I made the quick decision to leave it there in the Alpes. Since moving South I was no longer a club member so in a way it seemed fitting to leave it.... Now I was going to struggle to carry my phone and camera and the energy gels and bars that I was carrying around with me. I tried stuffing them down the back of my shorts which was OK when I was out of the saddle but as soon as I sat down again it was very uncomfortable and I was at risk of bursting open a sticky gel, that was no good! My only solution was to stick everything down my bra top and hope it didn't fall out!
Being much cooler helped but it was still really hot and the soles of my feet were already sore from pushing so much pressure through the pedals. Quite early into the climb I found myself collapsed at the side of the road shoes off and taking a breather. It was at this point that Jim, one of the guys from our group, passed me. “Jim” I shouted as he rode past, “are you OK?” he enquired with a worried look that said “You're not going to get round in time by lying there”! But a quick stop had eased my foot pain and I was back on the bike within no time at all. Every kilometre was signposted and when it got from 20km to 4km I felt that there was hope. But at this point the road opened up to give us an awesome view of our ascent to the top. Along with many other cyclists I made the dreaded mistake of looking upwards, “Oh my goodness” I exclaimed, it got steeper and steeper! At this point people started to dismount and push their bikes but I kept riding and somehow I made it to the Col du Glandon. But there was no time to relax and take in the view here there was a feed station so it was time to get the all important calories into my body that was going to carry me around for the rest of the route. Everyone was pushing and shoving and elbowing their way towards the food dished out by volunteers on tables. I abandoned my bike as it was easier to push in without it. I shovelled bits of cheese, pretzels, small cakes and chopped fruit into my mouth. I drank coke and filled up my water bottles. I had a brief chance to sit down and munch but then a cry went out “cinq minutes”. At first I didn't understand but some people next to me explained that it was 5 minutes until the broom wagon appeared. With my vivid imagination “broom wagon” sums up an image of a huge lorry with big brushes that sweeps riders up and off the road! Luckily this is not the case it's a series of lorries where you put your bike and then get in a coach. Both vehicles will take you safely back to the finish where you are reunited with your bike but that would mean that you would not be able to complete your ride. “If I can ride this 20km climb then I can do the rest of the course” I assured myself and I got right back on the bike. But many others didn't reach this cut off point and were forced to abandon there ride at the top of this climb.
There was more climbing to the Col de la Croix de Fer but only around 150m and it wasn't too steep. Well hydrated and energised from my feed stop I pushed on and started rapidly overtaking lots of riders. This continued on to the descent. What fun it was as I speeded down switchback after switchback travelling at over 50km/hr through villages and towns. But you couldn't afford to lose concentration. Faster riders were supposed to pass on the left but it wasn't always the case. Keeping your nerve as they swished either side involved remaining calm and concentrating on your own line around the corners, not on them. If you got it wrong and were too fast you were in danger of over shooting and coming off into the barrier or even worse over the barrier where you could face a drop of a few hundred feet or more! I steered my brain away from any such thoughts and enjoyed the speed and the wind cooling me down.
I was well into my rhythm by the third climb, the Col du Mollard. This was much shorter and I was now cooler as I'd ditched my club jersey. I started to enjoy the shouts of encouragement from the local people and other supporters out on the course. They particularly shouted for the women “allez la femme, allez la femme”. They rang cow bells and sprayed us with water from hoses if we wanted “la douche” to cool us down. The were out in force with music and high spirits. As far as we were concerned we deserved as much encouragement as the professional Tour riders. The atmosphere was like no other event I've ever done it certainly spurred us all on.
The descent from this third climb was fantastic, it seemed to go on for ever and I loved every minute of it despite the road surface being pretty rough in places. There was one last feed station where I bumped into a guy called Ian from Bournemouth and we exchanged brief encounters of our journey so far. We were now under no time pressure as all riders who reached this point were in no danger of the “broom wagon”. I told Ian I was relieved as I didn't think that I'd be riding up the last climb very fast and fast certainly wasn't the speed that I did the last 18km of climbing up to the finish in La Toussurie! It was so hot and the temperature and elevation had taken so much out of us thus far that many got off and walked for a brief rest. I had to stop again and take my shoes off as the bottoms of my feet were aching, in fact everything was aching, how could I get to the top? Plod, plod, plod....it must have been 5 miles per hour! Again when I saw 4km to the top I knew I'd made it but the last 4km were SO hard. Supporters could tell that we were all struggling “courage la femme” they shouted “bravo a femme” and somehow I made it. At the top I was handed a finishers T shirt and medal. Pasta and sausage was supplied but I was just too tired to eat it, I tried to force some down. The French were very friendly and asked us how we'd found it, “never again” I uttered and I heard French people cry “jamais” as they were slumped over their handle bars. Despite being so exhausted I met up with Jim and his son as we had to negotiate the 18km descent before reaching his car. One last chance to enjoy the switchbacks at speed after such a punishing slow pace up hill. Relieved we didn't have to cycle the 18km back to our accommodation which would have been up hill we piled the bikes in to the car. All 3 of us had done it, we had completed a stage of the Tour de France!
It had taken me 10 hours and 19 minutes. From nearly 13,000 riders I was positioned 8,402 and only 9,877 finished within the cut off time! I hadn't done too badly! On Friday July 24th the actual Tour embarked on this route. The top professional riders came across the line in 4 hours 22 minutes!!! A new respect had been created for the Tour riders, how on earth did they complete rides like this day after day with only the odd rest day in between?! Not all stages were as mountainous but a lot were! It seemed an inhuman event, perhaps that's why it had led to so many riders taking drugs?
On 26th July 2015 Chris Froome won the Tour de France for the 2nd time. The French seemed to have little faith in him riding clean however with a team headed by such a professional person as Sir Dave Brailsford to me it seems unlikely that drugs were involved. With such strong routes in British Cycling this differs from the American US Postal team which seemed to be fuelled by money, ego and “winning at all costs”. I'm sure that we all hold out hope that structured training, total dedication to the sport and great leadership were much more a part of Team Sky's success. The atmosphere of the local people also restored my faith in the Tour de France and in the French themselves. They didn't have poor attitudes towards the English they appreciated anyone who had completed this tough Etape. It was a memorable event and one I shall never forget.
Carl Silver (Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers) rides Mont Ventoux for Charity.
Ryan & Martins Excellent Cycling Adventure
I’ve been asked by a few members of my club as to how I got on riding in various countries in Europe. I had planned to go to Belgium to do a full months racing and to get the real Belgium experience of living the dream and riding the cobbles.
After 8hrs of travelling on the 15th May we finally arrived. However to our dismay we were presented with a dirty guesthouse whereby we were expected to clean after everyone else. Four of the riders already there had all crashed and been injured in their road races. We were also promised help prior to arriving in regards to booking races but quickly realised that we were on our own. Martin and I decided to make a hasty retreat so made a plan to leave the establishment and explore and quickly booked up 4 apartments in France and Italy.
Plan being set we got up at 5am and had to sneak out whilst not waking up the owner or any other riders. A problem arised when all the bags were by the main entrance ready to be taken to be loaded into the car. The door seemed to have a rather large mouse in it and squeaked every time it moved, which wasn’t great considering one of the rider’s rooms was directly next to the door and the rider started to wake up. But in the end we managed to escape without any other dilemmas.
After another long day of driving we arrived at Eurocamp in Bourg D’Oisans which is situated at the base of Alpe D’Huez. The sum up the week we did Alpe Dhuez twice, one of which was a TT effort but turned out to be a bad idea considering my gearing of 36/23. We also did a climb called Oulles, another called Saint-Christophe-en-Oisans, another called Auris-en-Oisans and attempted Villard-Norte-Dame. The problem with the Notre-Dame climb was the 1000m completely unlit tunnel. Without proper lights and nobbly tyres you’d have to be a mad to ride through it!
The third week was in the Arabba which situated among the Dolomite mountain range in Italy. We stayed in a ski chalet and but was extremely quiet as there was no snow. There was however alot of very nice sports cars and the most motorbikes I have ever seen, maybe 50 a day? We did alot of climbing again but hardly any flat work as there was little to no flat roads. At the top of one of the climbs whilst among the clouds we found a WW1 memorial. It still amazes me how they fought in the freezing conditions with little to no transport whilst also battling the elements. There was a bit of discussion between Martin and I by the memorial though as I could of sworn the animal in the distance was a monkey. I was amazed but my amazement soon disappeared when the 20x zoom on Martins camera showed it was a squirrel.
For the final few days we stayed in a place called Niederbronn. This is situated in the middle of a national park called Parc Naturel Regional des Vosges du Nord. The rides were very flat and the scenery was amazing. We would of done more exploring but with no map, no wifi and my phone breaking we had no source to plan a long ride.
I would like to say a massive thank you to Jay Eastwood for his coaching and help prior and during my trip, our Sunday chain gang and to Prendas for the kit they provided me with. All of these great people made my experience so much more enjoyable.
If anyone would like to know anything else please ask. There is more to tell but I feel I’ve written quite alot and don’t want to ramble on too much.
Poole Wheelers Summer BBQ
What is it with these men (and women) in black?
“Sorry, I didn’t see you”. There can’t be many of us who have been cycling for a while now that won’t have had that said to us by someone in charge of an errant motor vehicle following a near miss. Worse still, we may have been hit by a driver and been injured. And of course many of us know someone who is no longer with us having been smashed into the middle of next week whilst out riding.
As cyclists then we are very vulnerable. One of the defences available is to make ourselves conspicuous to other road users and there are now some excellent clothing and products on the market to help with this. Life is difficult enough for drivers as it is, for as well as driving their vehicles many feel the need to multi-task; eating, smoking, fiddling with sat-navs and texting friends on their mobile phones, all making it difficult for them to concentrate on the road. So we cyclists can help them by making ourselves stand out – makes sense doesn’t it?
Well perhaps not. I can’t be the only rider who’s noticed the number of teams adopting predominantly black kit? It all started with Sky of course…and inevitably riders new to the sport have copied them, by buying replica kit or just adopting the “Milk Tray Man” look when out for a potter:
Now don’t get me wrong I’m not one of these ‘elf and safety’ gone mad types that advocate wearing a high a viz-jacket, hard hat and steel capped boots to nip down the shops for a paper. Neither do I think everyone who goes out for ride needs to dress up like Coco the Clown or wear a replica World Championship jersey, in Persil white with rainbow bands – but why all the black?
Take a look at this lot – just some examples of new kit I have seen in the past few weeks:
What is going on here? Do they all want to look the same! If nothing else it shows a severe lack of imagination.
So I am on a mission to stamp out this silly fashion. Remember it doesn’t look cool when you’ve been hit by a 10 ton truck that didn’t see you whilst doing your impression of a chocolate delivery man.
"12 Days of Christmas
Neil Watts (Fit to Ride) has organized a charity ride on the 7th December in aid of the Wave 105 Mission Christmas Appeal. Neil and two friends will attempt to ride as many laps as they can, of the 5.3 mile Furzebrook circuit in 12 hours. (7am-7pm) , in aid of the Wave 105 Mission Christmas Appeal. The charity ride is called '12 Hours of Christmas ‘and Neil has hired out Furzebrook village hall for the day as a base and feed station. The hall will have free tea/coffee and homemade cakes available to all who attend and make a donation to the cause. The Mission Christmas appeal is organized by Wave 105 and Cash for Kids and is aiming to supply 54,000 toys this Christmas to children 0-18 living in poverty in the BH, PO and SO postcode areas.
The session will be about 60mins +/- (15 min set up and set down time either side) essential equipment needed; Bike, Turbo Trainer, if possible a Heart rate monitor, cadence sensor, not forgetting a drink, towel but most importantly a high pain Threshold...
The sessions will be driven by each person’s effort in the different Training Zones 1 - 5 so all levels of ability and fitness will be catered for.
Cost is £5.
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Super veteran Bob “main bearing” Wareing pulled off a shock at the club skittle evening taking the overall honours. Wareing, 88* triumphed against younger opposition at the Coach & Horses, Wimborne and is claiming points towards the Boyson multi-discipline trophy, scoring points in just one event, Wareing is unlikely to lift the coveted pot! Will Soloman has been working hard at skittles, even neglecting his riding and looked good early doors before Wareings late charge. Mark Hitchcott also showed promise but turned out to be better at putting them up than knocking them down. Clive “In-Off”Peskett was unorthodox yet effective but it was the Old-timer Wareing who stole the show.Fifteen Jubilee members obviously had nothing better to do and enjoyed a sociable event with just a little bit of edge! Take a bow organiser, Kev Ridge