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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!


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



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:


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?

GDW Hill Climb - Bulbarrow 8 Sept 2018

posted 8 Sep 2018, 10:15 by Mike Smith

Some video and images from today's double header hill climb of Bullbarrow now available at the link below:


Thanks to Marlene and James for organising it, also thanks to all marshals.timekeepers and helpers and all spectators who rode out.

Photo album here


Results and points below, any errors let me know


CLUB RIDES – Some Reminders!

posted 3 Sep 2018, 07:42 by James Little

 We are trying to up load details of the proposed routes on the Club's Facebook pages in good time ahead of the ride.

If you have a GPS device that allows you to follow the route, then download it, and use it.  Please don’t just rely on others to do this.

 If you have club kit, please wear it on club rides – it is a great way to promote the club.

 If you haven’t joined the club, then once you are on your third (or more) ride we do expect you to become a member. It’s only £15 after all.

 When riding in a group we all have responsibilities to each other:

 If there are more than 12 riders then the group needs to split. The same route can be followed, but we’ll leave 5-10 minutes apart. (Hence the need to download the route to your GPS device!!)

 It is essential that obstacles such as pot holes, bad surfaces, street furniture, parked cars etc are pointed out and / or called out to the group.

 It is also important to remember we are not the only users of the roads and therefore on narrow and twisty sections, ride at a pace and in a manner that enables ALL road users to remain safe.

 We all climb at different paces and groups naturally split going up hill. However, once the top is crested riders should not push on, but roll ahead at a slow pace or find a safe place to wait to let the group reform.

 All riders need to be aware if the group is splitting on the flat. It is not often possible for those on the front to see this happen so those riders around the split need to communicate this. Likewise if there is a mechanical the rest of the group needs to be informed immediately. If you are beginning to get dropped, or starting to find the pace too high, call out to the group.

 If you are regularly trying to ride with a group that is too quick for you, then drop down a level, and build your fitness and speed before rejoining the previous group.

 The expected pace of the different groups is clearly stated on the Club runs page of the GDW website, so if unsure, please have a look:


 Put the phone numbers of a few of the regular riders into your phone. If a split has occurred and you are lost, try phoning someone else in the group so there is an opportunity to all get back together.

 Ultimately, everyone has limited time to get out for longer rides and we should all be able to enjoy our Saturday rides and this is best achieved by riding in the appropriate group and looking out for each other.

Slower Social Ride - Sat 1st Sept

posted 30 Aug 2018, 00:39 by James Little

Saturday 1st September - Slower Social Ride 09:30 to 11:15: Departing from the Wheels car park in Station Road, this ride is aimed at newer riders, those getting back into cycling, or those who just enjoy a slower paced social ride. 
Although the ride will aim to average around 12 mph (19 kph), and the ride last about 90 minutes, the pace and distance will be dictated by the group. Where possible, hills will be avoided! This is a no drop ride. 
Please spread the word! 🚲🚲🚲🍰

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