Wellesbourne Wheelers is a cycling club that draws its members from Wellesbourne and the surrounding villages. It supports social group riding of different distances and speeds and currently has about 90 members. We sometimes ride fast but always stop for coffee and cake!
The club runs group rides from about twenty miles in distance to over fifty. The shorter and slower rides are a great introduction to club riding and remain one of the main entry points into club cycling. These shorter distances are accessible to most people with any sort of hybrid or road bike so if you want to start cycling the lovely quiet lanes of Warwickshire (and sometimes Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire) please come and join one of our rides. Most rides also feature a café stop to allow for chat, coffee and cake.
The Great Shakespeare Ride (GSR), our nearest and best attended sportive of the year, is held on the 28th of July starting at Walton Hall. There are three distances, 50km, 100km and 100 miles and in previous years we have had entrants at all three distances.
The GSR is a well organised event that raises funds for the Shakespeare Hospice so is well worth supporting.
Paul Markwick has ridden from Bristol to Glasgow to raise money for Zoë's Place Baby Hospice - Midlands. Paul rode with several colleagues over 5 days stopping in Warwick, Sheffield, Middlesbrough and Gretna.
So in 5 days, the team cycled 525 miles, climbed about 25000 feet, consumed huge amounts of calories (though that was possibly nothing to do with the challenge) and energy drinks, and raised about £15,000 for charity. It is not too late to contribute if you would like to on: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hvmc-mtc
To round off June, 14 club members (at least) took part in the Tour d'Ilmington. Five took on the 100km Eroica event for classic bikes (although a couple of the bikes used aren't classics yet).
The rest had a short but vertically challenging 30 miles to visit Ilmington from just about every conceivable angle.
It was also the first outing for the club gazebo which seemed to be a hit. A full report is in the Sportives section of the Forum.
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