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End of Season Awards Night - This Saturday (24th November)!

posted 19 Nov 2018, 00:58 by James Little

Celebrate the achievements and endeavours of the Gillingham Wheelers in 2018. Along with the presentation of the Club Awards & Trophies there will be liquid refreshment at the bar and skittles too!
Time: 7.00 pm
Place: The Coronation Club, Buckingham Road, Gillingham

Additionally, don't forget to vote for the Merit Cup:


The Merit Cup is awarded to a club member who has done an exceptional event during the current year. Previously this has been voted for at the end of season dinner, but due to the change of format this year, voting is open to all members, with a closing date of Friday 23rd November.

If you haven't done so already, please cast your vote by completing this form:
https://goo.gl/forms/D3xkEOzRkoQFjYaZ2

The following members have been nominated for this prestigious award in 2018:-

Ollie Peach-Bown - in May Ollie completed the hilly 102 km Jurassic Beast sportive in 5 1/2 hours with just one ice cream stop! Ollie was just 10 at the time.

Finn Little - in July Finn rode the full (14 km, 1,100 m elevation gain @ 8.1%) Alpe d’Huez climb in 83 mins 43 secs, one of the top 5 times by a Wheeler, and his time to the Tourist Office is the 6th fastest by a Wheeler. Finn had just turned 14.

Andrew 'Windy' Gale - In July, Windy rode 9 stages of the Tour de France (Stages 10-18, including all the Alpine & Pyrenean stages) one week before the Tour. He then rode Prudential Ride London one week later!

James Miura - Over the summer James went to the Dolomites where he conquered the famous Stelvio pass (the second highest paved road in Europe, 2757 m peak, 24.3 kms @ 7.8%) , and the Gavia climb (2621 m peak, 17.9 kms @ 7.9%).

Simon Barfoot - Earlier in the year Simon rode unsupported through the Baltic states covering 6 countries, over 2,100 km / 1,300 miles. His longest day was 274 km / 171 miles.

Saturday 27th October - End of Summer Time Rides - UPDATED Routes

posted 25 Oct 2018, 01:53 by James Little

Slower 100 milers to depart by 08.30
Faster 100 miles depart at 09.00
100 km ride to meet at 09.30
Hopefully we can all meet up in Bradford on Avon (Please can someone suggest a cafe to meet at?)

100 mile route: https://www.strava.com/routes/15934071

100 km route: https://www.strava.com/routes/15980922

It is essential you download the routes to your GPS.

Wrap up warm and bring money for a bite to eat in BoA!

End of Summer (time) Rides (27th October 2018)

posted 20 Oct 2018, 07:50 by James Little   [ updated 20 Oct 2018, 07:54 ]

Following the success of last year's rides to mark the end of BST, the plan is to repeat these this year.
Two routes have been devised (thanks Ted!), one of 100 kms and one of 100 miles.
Both head to Dorchester, and the shorter route then heads back via Crossways, Milborne St Andrew, & Bulbarrow.
The longer route heads down to Abbotsbury and Weymouth before heading back via Wool, Milborne St Andrew & Bulbarrow.

Plan would be to meet at the usual time (9.00 am) with those wanting to do the longer route heading off by 9.10 am) and those on the shorter route about 5 minutes later.
PLEASE NOTE: TIMINGS AND ROUTES WILL CHANGE SLIGHTLY IF BOTH RIDES ARE TO MEET FOR LUNCH - Please check Wednesday for final details.
(If you are not on the club's Facebook pages you really need to be for the latest news).

Shorter Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/15893730
Longer Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/15893826

To download the routes to your Garmin:
Open the link
Download the tcx file
Plug your Garmin into your PC
Open Downloads folder
Copy the Route
Open Garmin folder then New Files folder.
Paste the route .tcx file
Unplug the Garmin & the route will be under courses.

Club Kit has arrived!

posted 12 Oct 2018, 07:09 by James Little

The latest order of club kit has arrived and has been delivered to Pete Humphreys.
If you placed an order then please contact Pete directly to arrange collection.

If you missed out on ordering this time around the club shop is open until Monday evening (15th Oct) for further orders, with delivery in time for Christmas.

Club Kit for Christmas?

posted 10 Oct 2018, 01:27 by James Little

Just a reminder that the online club shop closes on Monday 15th October and this is the last chance to order items of kit to be delivered in time for Christmas!

http://myshop.kalaswear.eu/gillinghamanddistrictwheelers/login

Relaxed Social Ride - Saturday 6th October

posted 2 Oct 2018, 00:07 by James Little

There will be a relaxed social ride this Saturday meeting at 9.00 am for a 9.15 am departure from Wheels car park (Station Road, Gillingham).
The ride will be about 90 minutes at around 12 mph and will seek to avoid hills where possible. It is a no drop ride.
This is the perfect opportunity for new riders, those who have been off the bike a while, or those who would just prefer an easier ride to get out with a group.
Please spread the word.

GDW Mallorca Trip - April 2019

posted 20 Sep 2018, 08:13 by Mike Smith

Now the Autumnal weather is here, its now time to start thinking about a week (or longer) in Mallorca for 2019. Propose that we go during the week following Easter so suggest that the trip is April 21st - 28th. As this is Easter it will most likely be popular, it also coincides with the Mallorca 312 Sportive at the end of the week (Sat 27th) so we'll need to book early.

I'm proposing the Duva hotel at Porto Pollensa again, I'm just waiting on Biel at the Duva to confirm the 2019 group prices. It will be around 43-45 euros per person on a half board basis sharing a twin bedded apartment, and we need to book at least 10 rooms to get the group rate.


There are a number of Bike Hire companies within walking distance of the Duva Hotel; Procycle Hire, 2GoCycling, Pinarello Experience, Pollensa Cycling, Rent March. Prices vary according to what bike you have.


Easyjet have now published their schedule for April 2019 and are offering 2 flights a day. Ryanair Bristol/Bournemouth flight schedules have been out for a while and departure times seem quite civilised. A number of other airlines also fly to Mallorca, Thomas Cook, Flybe and BA if you fancy one of these.


If you are interested in doing the Mallorca 312 Sportive, there are 3 different distances to choose from, 167, 225 or 312 km. Entry for this opens on 9 October.


Who's up for going? Let Mike Smith know - contact details here  He will reserve your accommodation (on payment of a £70 deposit), you should arrange your own flight/bike hire.


To whet your appetite here are some pics from the 2018 trip and the 312 Sportive in 2017


https://photos.app.goo.gl/WR2sYV4F6McDCIxt2


https://goo.gl/photos/K5PPYhMTJYqrGsGc6

Hill Climbs Results 16/09/2018

posted 16 Sep 2018, 11:49 by James Little   [ updated 16 Sep 2018, 11:49 ]

Congratulations to Kim Little on winning both ascents of Mere Down this morning sealing his victory in the overall series., and well done to all who took part.
Full results can be found here:

Also a massive thanks to Jerome Young, Roger Limerick, Marlene Little, Pete Humphreys and everyone else who helped put on the series.

Cyclocross racing

posted 15 Sep 2018, 01:27 by Mike Smith

The cyclocross season has now started (Sept to Jan) and there are various events within our area. Events usually consist of many laps of a 1.5 - 2 mile course having wooded trails, grass, hills and obstacles that require the rider to dismount or bunny hop over it. The races are 30 mins to an hour and there are usually categories for Youths/Seniors/Veterans.

The races in our area are part of the Wessex Cycle League which Gillingham Wheelers have now affiliated to, details of events, how to enter etc are on their website - http://www.wessexcyclocross.co.uk/about/

For those that are interested there is a coaching session at Keynsham next Wed eve from 6.30pm as detailed here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/710166306002263/

Anyone interested let Mike Smith know

GDW Mere Hill Climbs - Sunday 16th September

posted 14 Sep 2018, 06:27 by James Little

Please note the revised start time of 09.45 for the first run. 
Sign on in the Mere car park from 09.15 ish. 
Second run will take place as soon as the competitors have recovered from the first run! 
Entry:  £3.00 members, £4.00 non-members. 
Coffee at Hillbrush cafe after?

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