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GDW Reliability Ride 2019 - 3 March (new date)

posted 16 Feb 2019, 14:12 by Mike Smith

The annual 50 ish mile GDW reliability ride will now take place on Sun 3rd March (postponed from 27th Jan). There are 2 routes

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18404713 - 49 mls

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18404672 - 57 mls

Simon Barfoot will be providing a mid-ride stop for food and drinks at his house nr Buckhorn Weston.

The ride will start and finish at Orchard Park, (SP8 5JG) meet at 9, £2 for members and £3 for non-members to cover the cost of the food at Simon's.

Faster Group Ride - Saturday 16th February

posted 15 Feb 2019, 00:56 by James Little

So finally it looks like tomorrow will be a dry and ice free Saturday! With a southerly due I suggest the faster group following this route down to Cerne Abbas and Charlton Down, returning via Mappowder and Stur. Just over 53 miles total. Please download the route to your GPS! Meet at Wheels, 9 am.

Annual General Meeting

posted 30 Jan 2019, 12:03 by James Little



Notice is hereby given that the Gillingham & District Wheelers Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 27th February 2019 at 7.15 pm in The Stoop Room, North Dorset RFC, Longbury Hill Lane, Gillingham, SP8 5SY.


The Agenda for the meeting has been emailed to all current members.


With Daryol stepping down as Chairman after a number of years in the post, nominations are therefore invited for this position. In addition we are seeking someone to step forward for the Time Trial Secretary position and there is a vacancy for a general member of the club committee. If you wish to be considered for any of these positions, please let me know beforehand.


It is important that as many members as possible attend the meeting. This is your opportunity to provide feedback to the committee, and have an input into the future running and governance of the club.


It would be helpful if you could confirm whether or not you will be attending by following this link:





The online shop is currently open until Sunday 24th February and orders placed should be delivered in early April. If you haven’t already claimed your £25 discount code this may be your last opportunity to do so. Please contact Pete Humphreys to claim your discount code.



Password: gdw321




Riversmeet are prepared to offer Corporate Membership Rates to GDW members, so long as a minimum of 6 GDW members are also Riversmeet members. If you are an existing member of Riversmeet, please email me to confirm the type of membership you currently hold so I can liaise with Riversmeet to obtain these rates.



James Little


Gillingham & District Wheelers

Reliability ride - postponed

posted 26 Jan 2019, 01:06 by Mike Smith

In view of the forecast strong winds for tomorrow we are postponing the reliability ride. I will post a new date in due course. 

Frome and District Wheelers Open '10' Mile TT

posted 21 Jan 2019, 14:27 by Mike Smith

Frome and District Wheelers have their 10 mile Open time trial next month on 17th Feb, the traditional season opening event in the South West. This is a quick course based around the Frome bypass. The event HQ is at Nunney Village Hall. Entries close in 2 weeks (5th Feb) and you can enter on line via the CTT website.

Annual General Meeting - Wednesday 27th February 2019

posted 14 Jan 2019, 05:29 by James Little

This year's AGM will take place on Wednesday 27th February 2019 in the Stoop Room at North Dorset RFC. Please arrive for 7.15 pm so we can start promptly by 7.30 pm.
The Agenda for the meeting will be emailed to current members in due course, but in the meantime, if you wish for any items to be considered for the agenda please email them to jlittlegdw@gmail.com.

GDW Reliability Ride - 27th Jan 2019

posted 12 Jan 2019, 14:24 by Mike Smith

The annual 50 ish mile GDW reliability ride will be taking place on Sun Jan 27th this year. There are 2 routes

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18404713 - 49 mls

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18404672 - 57 mls

Simon Barfoot has invited us back again to his house nr Buckhorn Weston for a mid-ride stop for food and drinks. 

The ride will start and finish at Orchard Park, (SP8 5JG) meet at 9, £2 for members and £3 for non-members to cover the cost of the food at Simon's.

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:

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.
(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.

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