How one Wheeler fills the gap between work and wheeling

We have our very own Stava artist who between wheeling and work manages to create some amazing doodles! In fact, this Wheeler is now a prize winner and rightly so! Having spent many days over many miles to create these amusing pieces, as a club we think it’s well deserved. This Wheeler won first place in the Strava art competition organised by the Bristol Cycle Festival for the piece called “Fowl Play”.

Well done Ant, we are proud to have you as a Wheeler but, we can’t decide if one of your doodles is a profile of Jimmy Hill, Bruce Forsyth with a flat top and sideburns or Steve Wright (in the afternoon)? Perhaps you could let us know. If you’d like to keep up to date with Ant and his doodling antics you can follow Ant on Strava.

Welcome To 2017

2017 already and the club is into its third year of existence and getting stronger and stronger with over 50 active members.

In 2016 members completed over 25,000 miles on club rides alone and over 110,000 miles in total through the year, including participation in a number of national organised sportives such as Ride London and the Velothon Wales and local events such as the BHF Cotswold ride and the Cotswold Spring Classic.

The inaugural club tour to Majorca took place in 2016 and will be repeated in March 2017 with 19 members off to Majorca again.

Club rides continue on Sunday mornings all year with Wednesday evening rides taking place through the summer months, equally as successful has been the ‘Members Ride’ functionality on the website which enables members to link up online to arrange ad-hoc rides.

Through the above approach, we are proud to have created a real cycling community in the Woodmancote and Bishops Cleeve area promoting road cycling as a social activity.

In 2017 we expect to continue to grow and further promote road cycling in the local area and will also be looking at how/if we can involve off-road cycling and help to promote cycling to a younger audience as well.

Thanks to all members for their support of the club without you nothing would be achieved, and in particular thanks to the committee members who continue to drive the club forward.

Have a great 2017 – Chairman M

6 Wheelers Support Local Fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Research

A big thank you needs to be expressed to the 6, Woodmancote Wheelers who volunteered to support our local Greene King pub with their fundraiser.
Namely: Symon Tomlinson, David Cook, Rachael and Dan Frost, Tony Broad and Neil Hamill.
The brewery had organised a nationwide event in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research, over the weekend of 30th Sept – 2nd Oct.
Each of their chosen 80 pubs had a target of riding 360 miles, or an 80th of the Around The World total mileage; not sure about their calculations, but hey!
Locals, staff and more than one cycle club were asked to contribute by accepting a half hour time slot per person on The Apple Tree’s own exercise bike.
Wheelers contributed to the available 6 slots on Sunday 2nd October and excelled themselves by riding a total of 91km in 3 hours – that’s 56 miles!
I can tell you, averaging 18.5 mph was no easy task on an 80’s exercise bike with flat pedals, a rickety frame and limited adjustments for resistance and saddle height.
Not to mention its location in the corner of the pub in front of fruit machines and their wide screen tv, continuously streaming the footie, with little more than a desk fan to keep you cool!
Having been told by Laura, “the most anyone had ridden in 30 minute over the weekend was 17km”, the intrepid Wheelers were psyched-up, we do love a challenge!
Or should I say Dan loves one, he managed to narrowly beat that bike record as did Tony who followed him, leaving a pool of sweat to mark their efforts.
Excellent work boys!
You will be interested to learn, I have just received totals from Laura who tells me the pub actually cycled 416 miles, well over their quota for the weekend.
More impressively they have “so far raised £940.00 for Macmillan Cancer Research and the donations are still coming in!”
A special mention to Digger, Elliott and Heidi who came up to support or should I say watch the footie and have a beer whilst others suffered!
I’d like to pass on the thanks which have been extended by Laura and the Apple Tree management for all those who contributed
Well Done Wheelers!
rachael dan
 tony neil

2016 Ride London 100 – Team Wheelers

After all the endurance training by the team, the event had come around quickly and the weekend started with us all descending upon London to finalise the registration process. We were all greeted by cheery volunteers dressed in orange at the Excel arena, where we picked up our pack of race numbers and there was also some last minute shopping at the expo, where Cookie and Mr Secretary took full advantage!

The excitement of the night before commenced in trendy Shoreditch with a pizza and a couple of beers, then it progressed over to the beach rugby at Finsbury Square. Cookie had decided this was the best location to settle the nerves with real ale and real men in speedos! Afterwards, rather than head over to a curry house before bedtime like last year, we decided to take the sensible approach and head back to the hotel for 11pm, before Digger turned into a pumpkin.

The alarm was set for 5am and Will was woken up with a bang on the bedroom wall from Digger who was keen to get us on the road sharpish. Mr Secretary was feeling very grumpy this early on a Sunday morning, but after porridge in a pot, bananas and a flapjack, everyone was carbed up and ready to go. The journey to the start line was 5 miles with plenty of other cyclists to follow; some falling over due to not clipping out in a sleepy state, punctures on the side of the road and a few walks of shame from passers by.

We managed to meet Rich at the meeting point in the Olympic Park and spent 45 mins queuing in a constant line of 26,000 cyclists which started at 6.00am, with the final riders away by 9.00am. This sets a new standard for group riding! We eventually got to the start line where each wave of starters are asked for their starting music of choice and we cycled away to the tune of……..what was it?

The first 40 miles of the ride were fairly flat through the Limehouse Link tunnel, past the sights of central London and on through Richmond Park towards the Surrey villages. All was going well until we hit our first delay of the day at Pyrford village. There was a reported crash just down the road and one of the riders had to get airlifted to hospital, so we came to a stop for nearly an hour and then had a mile walk in cleats before we set off again!

The middle section of the ride included the infamous Leith & Box Hills, which were packed with cyclists due to the earlier stoppage. It was a challenge to get up them but we made it and re-grouped at the top for some nutrition and to fill up our bottles & free snacks at one of the stations.

The rest of the ride was all downhill and rolling from here apart from a cheeky little climb through Wimbledon village at 90 miles. It was great to finish coming back through London past some iconic sights and finally down The Mall to the finish line heading towards the Queen’s palatial residence. At the end we were presented with our impressive medals and we all felt a real sense of achievement.

There was great support throughout the ride with imagepeople lining the route and Team Wheelers really enjoyed the closed roads riding experience. We would recommend it to anyone in the club to enter next year.

Midweek rides

If you’re in the area and thinking about joining a cycling club, we’re just about to start our midweek evening rides. We set out around 18:00 on Wednesday evenings from outside Saffron Lounge in Woodmancote and we ride for about 20 miles at a steady pace. If this is a good way of checking us out, please feel free to drop us a line and come along for a couple of guest rides.

Ride London 2016… Wheelers ride again!


Ride London is the biggest and best closed road sportive held in the UK each year. Woodmancote Wheelers have secured an entry for a team of four riders on the sportive in 2016! This is a truly great cycle sportive and is often voted in the top 10 must do events globally. The route heads through Central London on closed roads, before heading out into the Surrey hills to take on the famous Leith and Box Hill. Take a look at the Ride London website for more information.

When & Where?

Sunday 31 July, starting at the Olympic Park in East London and finishing on The Mall in front of Lizzie’s gaff.

The Detail…

Our team needs to consist of four riders and each rider must be a current British Cycling member (it’s not too late to join to qualify…).

Each rider within the team must pay their own entry fee (£58) and complete their own online entry form; all 4 riders in the team must have completed and paid for their entry by 17:00 on Friday 27 April.

I have an entry link to the registration console, which I will circulate to the members of the WWCC team to complete their entries.

This is an exceptionally well run event but please note it does require some logistical planning as you need to sign on for registration the day before at Excel and it will require team members to arrange travel down to London and accommodation the night before the event – you will need to be at the start anytime after 6.30am.

Are you interested?

If you would like to represent the club and take part in Ride London 2016, please let me know by putting a comment below or dropping me an email. If we have more than four people wishing to take a place, then a ballot will be held.

Unfortunately we did not secure a mixed team entry in our application, so I’m sorry but we cannot include any of our lady members due to strict organiser rules.

Given the timetable outlined above, you need to register your interest by Tuesday 6 April so that I have time to arrange a ballot if required, plus allowing sufficient time for the successful team members to registered their entry, including application to British Cycling membership if required. Note you need to be able to commit to the weekend as it is not possible to transfer places later.

To get a flavour of what to expect, you can also take a look at our video from last year.



Forget the Oscars…… the Suffershire Cycle Endurance ‘Knighthoods’ go to Symon Tomlinson & Jeremy Cooper!

Two worthy Woodmancote Wheelers have been awarded the title ‘Knights of Sufferlandria.’

knight shield

They spent Sunday cycling for 10 straight hours on static Wattbikes at Cheltenham’s Suffershire Indoor Cycling.

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There are those who look pain in the face and laugh. There are those who can’t look pain in the face because pain is too scared to look up from the pounding it’s getting.

Yes, there are Sufferlandrians. And then there are Knights of Sufferlandria.

To be awarded the highest honour accorded by the  Sufferlandrian Ministry of Madness, one must simply do 10 Sufferfest videos, back-to-back.”


WWCC Knights symon 2 jeremy 2 symon 1

The boys joined several others at the event, surrounded by salt pills, potions, water bottles and various forms of cycling ‘snackage.’

The intrepid duo surrendered their day of rest to put themselves through cycling torture.

Big respect to the fearless Wheelers who started at 8am and finished the event early evening after a long day in the saddle(s) – bit of seat swapping shenanigans observed when I was there.

To quote Symon following the ordeal, “I feel numb in a few places and my legs are shot to bits.”

Although his watt output dropped a little over the 10 hours Symon says he covered 172 miles – pretty impressive on a static bike!

Jeremy says he averaged 176 watts over the 10 hours and covered 264km.

Just as well they didn’t have to get down on one knee to receive their award!


Woodmancote Wheelers 2016 Annual Charity

For 2016 Woodmancote Wheelers will be adopting an annual charity that we will aiming to raise funds towards, and for this year it will be Heartburn Cancer UK (HCUK).
HCUK aims to both raise awareness of this condition and to also raise money to fund medical research into the disease.

We are encouraging members who are completing organised events and challenges to think about using this as a way of raising sponsorship towards an annual club total amount via friends and family.

Our next fundraising event is in early March when some of the guys on the club Majorca Tour are raising sponsorship for completing the world famous Sa Calobra mountain climb.

Our fundraising page for 2016 covering all events can be accessed via…

WWCC Spring Classic 2016

Time to mark 17 April in your calendar…


The Woodmancote Wheelers Spring Classic!

100km route on many roads previously not ridden on club rides. In the spirit of the spring classic monuments, the WWCC classic will provide a good challenge with a real sense of achievement.

There will be a midway stop to enjoy coffee and cake, before climbing back on your bike and taking on the second half of this classic Cotswold ride.

Take a look at the route and mark the date now.