2011 club news archive


3rd October

Fantastic weather for the final club event, and first Inter-Club Hillclimb event, of the year. 30 riders took to the slopes of Portland and the winner was Simon McLaughlin, BJW, with a course record record of 4:40. Second place went to Paddy Dunn, who also broke the course record, with 4:56. In third place, and proving that he is not just fast on the flat, was Gary Dighton, Poole Wheelers, with 5:05. Well Done to everyone that made the effort in both the race and providing support in both timekeeping and refreshments. Next Event is at Creech on Sunday 9th October.  

17th September
Only 7 riders on a blustery day for the final 10 of the season. Despite the wind everyone seemed happy with their times - PB's for Paul Gale and John Wickham, Andrew happy to be under 26 minutes (having done 26:08/03/00 in recent weeks), and Stuart happy to be under 27 minutes.

3rd Sept
Only 9 riders for today's race on the Morton Circuit. Fastest rider was again inform and fast improving Paddy Dunn with a fantastic 53:44, joint 2nd fastest time on that course. Second place went to visitor Gary Tuskin, Poole Wheelers, with another good time of 56:46. Julian Foster took 3rd in 1:00:13.

27th August
12 riders dodged the summer showers to take part in the first of the season end Saturday races. The win was taken by Terry Icke who came home in just 21:41 despite the headwind on the way back, 2nd and third were taken by 2nd claim members Julian Thacker (22:28) and Ian Locock (24:00) with Matthew Merritt taking top club championship points with a personal best 24:48.

23rd August
No rain for final evening race of the season, but the ususal South Westerly that blows us down to the roundabout, and which for once wouldn't have been a problem because we were only riding out, didn't materialis

 A field of 17, with Patrick Dunn taking the win in 10:35 just two seconds ahead of Charlie Lawson.


21st August
We set a facebook group up a while ago, but now facebook has 'pages' which everyone can see - whether they're logged into facebook or not.. and they have the more sensible 'like' button than a 'join' one, so I've switched the ccw facebook presence over to a new facebook page. To see it CLICK HERE - we'll delete the 'group' once the page is up and running.

I've started it off with some of the great pictures Heidi's mum has been taking of the races... there's some tagging to be done ;-)

16th August
Another good night for racing with the last outing of the season on P459. A moderate South Westerly was (as always) blowing, but it was dry, and didn't stop at least two riders doing course PBs: first was tonights winner Charlie Lawson, and also PB for fast improving Matthew Merritt.

7th August
18 riders on this perfect night for the 2 up competition - 12 riders working in pairs, and another 6 taking advantage of the virtually windless night to see how fast they could go on their own.

The win was taken by the impressive poole wheelers pairing of Terry Icke and Gary Dighton in just 21:08. Bryce Riglar led home the solo riders with 22:59. Full results on the results page.

2 August
16 riders for tonights hilly 18 on a warm evening with virtually no wind, Julian Thacker took the win with 45:03, top points to Bryce Riglar 47:48, and a load of PB's further down the field.

26 July
Making it 2 wins on the bounce, Charlie Lawson won tonights club 10 with 23:16. John Chapman came 2nd with 23:25 and Bryce Riglar got 3rd with 23:39. 20 riders signed on for what turned out to be a very pleasant evening.

13 July
13 riders signed on for Tuesday night 5 with the hope of a strong south westerly wind. Unfortunately that was not the case, however, the easterly that had been blowing all day did subside in time for the first rider. Paddy Dunn was a DNS, has he had a puncture just before heading to the start. John Chapman won the event in 10:44, closely followed by Charlie Lawson in 10:55. 3rd place went to Matt Merritt with 11:37.


5 July
Only 8 riders for tonights  club 10, probably due to the very wet weather we had prior to the event. As luck would have it the event was fairly dry. John Chapman took 1st place from Julian Glynn, with Paddy Dunn in 3rd.

29 June
12 riders signed on for last nights 18 mile hilly TT. Unfortunately Nigel Pearce Buckley had a puncture before taking to the start line. Bryce took the win in 47:25 with John Chapman taking 2nd with 48:21.Julian Glynn was 3rd with 50:30. 

21st June
14 riders turned out on a very windy night for the club 10. Bryce borrowed the timekeeper's road bike front wheel so he could keep his new TT bike on the road, and then proceeded to win by a fair margin.

Father and son Martin and Matthew Mildon both doing their first TT rode a creditable 27:31 and 27:33 – Martin only 2 seconds ahead of 14 year old Matthew.

8 June

On a very tough night with gusting winds, and the absence of Steve Pinks love child, John Chapman took the win with 23:33. An excellent ride from day member Dean Critchel, 23:44, saw him take 2nd. Julian Glynn took 3rd with 24:42.

7 June
Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers have an open 32m TT on Sunday 26 June. There is a team competition comprising of 6 riders incorporated into this event. It would be nice if 5 other riders could join John Chapman in taking part in the event. Details on South DC website or contact John Chapman.

1 June
Julian Thacker took the win in last night 18 mile hilly TT. Julian won in a time of 46:31. Bryce Riglar took 2nd spot with a 3:26 improvement from the last time he rode the course. Jack Edward, a visitor from Kent, took 3rd place with 48:21.

24 May
An excellent ride from Bryce Riglar, on his new TT machine, saw him take the win in tonights 10 mile race. Bryce clocked a very impressive 22:48, John Chapman took 2nd with 23:09 and Charlie lawson was 3rd with 23:48.

18th May
Quite a tough night for the 10 riders that decided to take part in the club 25 on Tuesday. Julian Thacker once again was the quickest around the course with 58:33. John Chapman got 2nd with 1:00:55 and the fast improving Charlie Lawson claimed 3rd with 1:01:52.


13th May
Congratulations to Bryce Riglar on winning the first TLI event of the season. Bryce started his winning sprint with 200mtrs to go and took the win in front of the other 62 riders in the event. Well Done! 

11th May
19 riders turned up for last nights club tt at the Monkey World course. Although not the best of evenings Julian Thacker still won in a great time of 22:03. John Chapman was 2nd with 23:05 and Charlie Lawson shown that he is still improving with 23:44 for 3rd place. Thanks again to Justin for stepping in and making sure the event took place.

4th May
Although Tuesday night was not the best conditions we have had recently, it did not stop Bryce Riglar putting in a great performance to take the win in 24:36. Julian Thacker took 2nd on his road bike with 25:13 and Julian Glynn got 3rd with 25:18.

26th April
Good turn out for the 18 hilly tonight, with a couple of new faces as well... I've put the participants / times on the results page, John Chapman will add in the vet std times and points later in the week.

19th April
The great weather brought 22 riders to last nights race, although for some reason there was a DNS. Julian Thacker took the win with 21:53 from Gary Dighton, 22:09 and John Chapman in 3rd with 22:57.

12th April
Great field of 23 riders for the opening evening event of the season... Lots of new faces, and lots of riders returning after long (in some cases very long) breaks since the last time they were on the starting line, and an age range of 17-75!

For those new to the club, you can download an application form to join here it only costs £8, and will save you £1 on the entry fee, and get you a place in the league table. There's a forum for cycling related chat - feel free to join and introduce yourselves, and let us know how that felt ;-) ... to view the forum, click here.

Results are posted on the results page ...we'll get the vet standard times and points table up as soon as we can. Big thanks to Justin for time keeping the finish so the race could run.

...Next week - with a bit more light - it's a full 10 miles (on the same course).

Finally, for those who are around over the easter weekend, there's an appeal for help with our open 10  from the club chairman, Stuart. All offers of help gratefully accepted.


11th April
Help request from Stuart Carrington for the open 10 on Saturday 23rd April. Copied from the forum:

If you can do any of this I would be eternally grateful - and by "you" I mean you or anybody you know who would like to help... The jobs are as follows:

ninja.gif Finish timekeeper - Joan biggrin.gif

ninja.gif Start timekeeper - this needs to be an approved individual and is still being resolved - our biggest problem at the moment ohmy.gif

ninja.gif Recorder to help Joan -

ninja.gif Pusher off -

ninja.gif Chippers to phone back draft results to HQ biggrin.gif and assist as a spotter at the finish

ninja.gif Tea staff back at the HQ - Katrina (far better half wub.gif ) and Edmund (smallest cool.gif Carrington) biggrin.gif

ninja.gif cake maker - mrs chippers biggrin.gif

ninja.gif first rider to be armed with mobile phone in case they come across problems on course - Oliver biggrin.gif

ninja.gif Marshalls - initially 3 at the roundabout so that everone knows where to go - would suit a family group? 

ninja.gif Observors - one, or preferably 2 to sit discretely around the course looking for infractions of the rules

ninja.gif Result writer (to take phone calls from chippers and write provisional results on the board at HQ)

So not too much help still needed lol - assuming of course i have not missed anything else... please send your offers of help to Stuart Carrington <anarchistslug@yahoo.co.uk>

10th April
Andrew Preston was the only CCW member of the 145 riders who set off on the the 207K Dorset Coast Audax, completed in superb sunshine in a respectable 9hrs 45 minutes, with a moving average of 14.6mph. Well worth considering for next year, with 3,500m of climbing, it's a great early season challenge :-).

9th April
Results of last Saturday's 10 mile 2 up TT have been posted on the results page.

...as have the results of today's windy 25. With some excellent times from visiting riders, and just one second seperating Julian Glynn and Greg Parker (!) and fast time on a road bike from day (hopefully soon full) member Ian Geddes with 1:08:45.

6th April
We've posted the 'veteran standard' times for our non-standard courses, on the relevant course information pages – click on the links below to have a look:
Moreton circuit
18 Hilly course
Portland Hill Climb.

2nd April
Good turn out for the 2 up TT on Saturday. Unfortunately the photo of the results sheet that we use to transcribe the results for the website wasn't centred properly, so we can't post the results until Wednesday/Thursday.


1st April
There was a meeting in Moreton village hall tonight of local clubs and riders from the TLI series that Peter Washington promotes... All riders in 2011 will have to volunteer to help with race organisation/ marshalling for at least one race this season, and  we'll be setting up a website to promote the event. As a start we've set up a facebook group - to go to it, click here.

29th March
Well done to Andrew Preston for his 1:21:10 in Sundays round the harbour timetrial hosted by Poole Wheelers. Winner was Gary Dighton with 1:05:08.

26th March
Provisional results from today's TT posted on the forum - to see them, click here.

21 March
Results from Yesterdays Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers Hilly 42k Timetrial. On a tough day, on a tough course, Julian Thacker took 3rd place in a quality field with 1:04:42 and a course PB. John Chapman finished with 1:10:04. 2 club riders taking part in their first open events had very good rides. Andrew Preston did 1:19:30 and Steve pink did 1:29:09. Well Done. Winner was Paul Jones, BJW, with 1:04:21.

19 March
On a beautiful day, our first club  TT of the season attracted  a record 1st event field of 24 riders!

Results now posted on the results page. Points allocation is provisional pending checking by John, and payment of subs by those who signed on as CCW but who haven't yet paid!?! (you know who you are ;-) ...Payment by the end of next week's event, or this week's points will be deducted!


18 Mar
This weekend see's the start of the club timetrial season. The 1st event is on Saturday on the P451. Start time is 14:30 with signing on closing 15 minutes before this time. Also a reminder that if you do not have a rear light then you will not be allowed to start.

On Sunday Julian Thacker, Andrew Preston, Steve Pink and John Chapman will be taking part in the BJW hilly 42k. Best of luck to all riders.

6 Mar
Result from todays 2nd Inter-club TT hosted by Poole Wheelers. 1st club rider was once again 2nd claim member Julian Thacker with 45:19. Greg Parker was next in with 45:50. John Chapman finished with 47:00 and Bryce Riglar, enjoying his first tt of the season did 50:09. Andrew Preston did his fastest time on that course with 50:33 and Julian Foster finished with 52:12. Winner was another of Poole Wheelers "pensioners" Gary Dighton (only joking gary) with a pretty stunning 42:13, a course record I believe.

2 Mar
Results from Sundays first inter-club event, the 27k TT at Clouds hill. First club rider was 2nd claim member Julian Thacker with 41:13. Only 3 seconds slower was new member Greg Parker with 41:16. John Chapman finished with 41:47 with Andrew Preston getting 45:24. Julian Foster got 46:30 with Wayne Keble getting 47:07 and Steven Pink 47:43.Winner was Paul Jones, BJW, with 38:42. Next event is the Hilly 14 mile TT on Sunday 6th. Signing on is in the area around the Springfield hotel Stoborough. Race starts at 10:00, with signing on closing 15 minutes earlier.

20 Feb
New website is now up and running, so the news page will now have regular event updates and race reports.

Next Sunday – 27th February – is the 1st interclub TT of the season organised by Poole Wheelers on course P433 – the Gallows Hill Moreton 27K circuit race. There should be a healthy CCW contingent taking part, and after our first ever win of the interclub hill climb last season anything is possible. Make sure your subs are paid (you can join at Poundbury Cyclesport), and see you there! ALL RIDERS MUST HAVE A REAR LIGHT, OR THEY WON'T BE ALLOWED TO START.

For those who want to carry on with winter training (being as it's February), the 9am Top of Town ride from Dorchester on 27th Feb will go ahead as usual (check the forum for details and updates - to see it, click here.)

Chairman's January update

So what is the role of a cycling club chairman? This question has been much on my mind ever since the AGM. To be honest, I still didn’t have an answer as I headed to my first committee meeting last night. There is no training for this job – come to that, there isn’t even a job description. All very disconcerting to somebody used to the rigid hierarchies of the accountancy world.

I had a few vague ideas based on role models such as past incumbents, various bosses I have loathed and watching Simon Cowell. Whether or not any of these is the right way is doubtful, so please bear with me as I try to grow into this job.

I needn’t have worried though. You, the club members, have appointed a keen and enthusiastic committee who turned up in surprising numbers to enjoy cake provided by Mrs Chippers. Everybody was full of ideas and I was left feeling very positive about the coming season.

Those ideas will start to appear over the coming months as we each take our roles forwards. As well as a few points I will cover more fully below, these include more recognition of PB’s on club courses, sponsorship of the Open, a 10% discount for members at Poundbury Cyclesport (details will follow shortly), recognition of Sportive achievements, help for younger members and many, many more. If the whole club works together to achieve these ideas then this coming year will be a great success.

More details will follow, but there were a few ideas I really wanted to get out as soon as possible:

To start with the reliability rides are being revamped. These are really now part of the successful Sunday ride scene that is building in Dorchester. So that is being recognized and the routes are being revamped (Jeremy) to start and finish at Poundbury Cyclesport. The committee have approved a small budget for post ride refreshments and Heidi and Darren are hoping to find somebody to act as official timekeeper. There is going to be a small charge (£1) per ride with whatever we raise being donated to charity and hopefully boosting our profile. I can see the Reliability Rides really helping boost the Sunday runs and make that an ever greater part of the club.


Of course, one really successful aspect of the club this season has been our domination of the interclub hill climbs. If we can win these then we should try to do more of them. So, for next season we are going to be putting a mid season hill climb in the programme. Andrew P, Darren and myself need to decide the venue and then get the course approved – but it’s in the programme anyway. For 2012 we hope to take that idea further and we are looking at the possibility of a closed road hill climb as a major event for the club.

The Road Race is still going ahead and Paddy has asked us to take it back in house after experimenting with the Wessex League in 2010. I know very little about road racing but hope we can all give Paddy plenty of support when it comes to putting this on.

The event programme for 2011 will be on the website very soon and you will see that we have moved things around a little. Hopefully, this will give us a full and challenging programme of events – but only if we can get volunteers from the club to timekeep, marshall and generally help out. Please have a look at the programme, think about what you can do and then volunteer to help – how about 2 goes at timekeeping and one assist as a marshall at either the Open 10 or the Road Race. We can plan all the events we want, but if nobody steps forward to make them happen then we could end up with a really short season.

My email address is stuart.carrington@thomaswestcott.co.uk . Get in touch to volunteer, make suggestions or just moan at me. This is your club.

Enjoy the winter base miles and keep safe.