The Andover Wheelers were formed in 1933 and cater for cyclists of all ages and abilities. We run regular weekly club rides - Saturday mornings steady for the beginner/novice rider, Sunday mornings for the more experienced rider and a Wednesday evening chaingang ride.
We are also a Go Ride registered club with a number of Level 2 coaches and we run regular kids coaching sessions on a Saturday morning at Harrow Way School in Andover. We have a full calender of club time trials during the months of April and September, which are held on a Tuesday evening, and these are open for anyone to 'Come & Try'.
The club also currently promotes a number of 'Open' time trials and also the 'Stockbridge Down' Road Race in May for E/1/2/3 riders. Many of our members take part in local road races and time trials and will always be happy to offer support and advice to anyone wanting to make the next step.
All in all we are a friendly club that welcome new members of all ages & abilities who want to progress their participation in cycling.
Notice Board14/12/2015 Olympic Park Velodrome track taster session
25 riders have signed up to ride the track taster session at the Olympic Park Velodrome on the 2nd January 2016! The track and the transport (31 seat coach) to and from the venue have all now been booked.
We have to be at the track an hour beforehand, so it is going to be a very early start! We will need to leave Andover by 4.30am with the pick up at the Premier Inn car park.
The cost per person is going to be £20 plus the cost to hire a bike (see below). The hire bikes use 'Look Keo' pdeals. Can you please pay either Mike or Lizzy as soon as possible please.
How much is equipment hire?
Bike with helmet cost £10 each to hire, shoes are £6, gloves £3. This will be paid for on the day.
If you are taking your own track bike, please can you let me know and also take note of the bike requirements below. If you have any questions, please contact Mike directly.
13/12/2015 Christmas Clubrun, Sunday 20th December
Our traditional Christmas Clubrun will be this coming Sunday, 20th December. Unlike other Clubruns, this will start at 10:30 from the Portway Inn car park. The route will be decided upon on the day by Mike, but it's normally a gentle, flat 2 hour ride to the Cricketers PH in Tangley for a few drinks and some Lunch (soup & crusty bread). Fancy dress is optional.
12/12/2015 Club Prize Presentation Evening
Andover Wheelers have celebrated the success of members at their annual dinner and prize presentation. It has been a fantastic year for the club which is seeing a growing and diversifying membership.
Following a good meal this year’s guest of honour, writer and cyclist Dave Barter, gave a very interesting talk on the history of the year record. The year record is the greatest distance cycled in one year. The current holder is Tommy Godwin who rode an astonishing 75,065 miles in 1939. That is an average of over 200 miles every single day! It was then time for the serious part of the evening; the presentation of prizes.
The season long club time trial leagues were won by Jed Webber (U18), Nik Burrell (B League) and Simon Healey (A League). Also, new for 2015 is a Ladies League which was won by Lili McLean. Jed Webber and Lili McLean were also winners of the hillclimb trophies awarded for the fastest ascent of Ham hill. And Jed wasn’t finished there as he also won the junior road race trophy and ‘most improved junior’ having taken almost a minute off his 10 mile time.
The winner of the senior Road Race Trophy, awarded for the most British Cycling points through the season, was Matthew Buckley.
Best performance in the interclub events with North Hampshire Road Club was won by Tony Gifford. Ladies 10 mile championship was won by Judit Leszkovich. The Medium Gear 25 by David Sloan and the ‘first year 25 mile’ trophy went to Nik Burrell.
Each year the handicap events produce some close racing and a chance for improving riders to get their hands on some silverware. This year the 10 mile was won by Jez Holman by just one second. The 25 was won in more convincing style by fast improving Karl Brooks.
The Alfred Macey Cup, awarded for the best or meritorious cycling performance during the year went to Simon Healey for finishing top of the South district points table, the first time this has been achieved by a Wheeler. Simon also had a clean sweep of the ‘scratch’ time trial trophies winning the hilly circuits, Athlete’s, 25, 50 and 100 miles plus the Short Distance and Full BAR (Best All Rounder).
The ‘Wheeler of the Year’ went to Steve Longman for organising the social event of the year, the annual summer barbeque as well as representing the club at many Audax rides.