Sunday 6 November 2011

Dorset Miles: Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers 50 Mile Reliability Trial

Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers popular series of winter reliability trials got off to a great start, as an astonishing 179 cyclists signed on for the 50 mile event.

A bright November sun shone on the large groups as they left the HQ of Merley Community Centre. The direction of the route alternates each year, heading clockwise this year, the course headed south to Lytchett Matravers and across to East Morden before turning north to red post, Winterbourne Stickland and across to Blandford.

The days of the tea stop seem to be long gone as the Georgian market town was dismissed via the one-way system. A nagging north easterly wind made it harder on the front but the groups were that big it was possible to do the whole ride without ever getting near the sharp end. Through the Tarrant valley and on to Gussage St Michael, Gussage All Saints and up to the B3078. The wind was behind now and the last 8 or 9 miles disappeared quickly.

Back at Merley the queue for tea & cake was nearly out of the door and it was impossible to talk to everyone. Mike Walsh and other Jubilee members take a bow; you provided a great day for everyone. The numbers keep rising for the “50” it has become something of a local classic. There cannot be many local cyclists who were not there, even Daniel Lloyd, just 3 weeks after breaking his collar bone was riding. If you missed it, you missed out!
Photos by Reg Haskell

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