Monday 21 October 2019

Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers Winter Reliability Trials

The ever popular Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers reliability trials, run over the winter months, returns for another year on Sunday 3rd November with the 50 mile ride. The series of four reliability trials offer a good test of rider condition during the off season. Each trial gets successively longer, as riders - hopefully - build up their fitness over the winter and to help them maintaining a focus in training.

The term ‘reliability trial’ dates back to the early years of the 20th century when cycling equipment was not so reliable, road surfaces were poor, sign-posting was even worse, and mobile telephones had yet to be invented. Reliability trial riders needed to be resilient, able to navigate, capable of dealing with minor mechanical problems, and fit enough to complete the course.In this day and age its about whether riders can fit all four into busy working and family lives..

While carbon bikes, tubeless tyres, phones, road signs and Garmins have made our lives a lot easier, riders need to be self-sufficient: this is not a ‘Sportive’. There are no signs, feed stops, marshalls or broom wagons. Riders need to be able to repair a puncture/complete minor running repairs, be able to contact someone to rescue them in a 'worst case' scenario and to carry their own 'fuel'. Please make sure your bike is well serviced/maintained beforehand.

All participating riders will wear a helmet: no helmet, no ride. Please check the weather forecast beforehand and make sure you are suitably dressed

Refreshments are available at the HQ at Merley Community Centre, Harrier Drive, Merley, Nr Wimborne, BH21 1XE.

All riders are welcome - not just those from the Jubilee! The rides are non-competitive and riders will ride at their own pace. However some riders will ride quicker than others and that is their choice. No group of riders is obliged to wait for another rider. While not a race riders are expected to complete the trials within a set time. For the 50 mile event this is 4 hours.

Entry is £4 online via the BC website or £5 on the day. There is parking at the HQ as well as toilet facilities and post ride refreshments.

50 Miles 3rd Nov 19
100 KM 1st Dec 19
75 Miles 12th Jan 20
100 Miles 9th Feb 20
100 KM 9th Feb 20

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