Meet Some of Us

A Cycling club that embraces all types of cyclists and all types of pedal power machines.

Steven D'Arcy

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Wincanton is in my blood! Apart from a break of 11 years due to work commitments, I have always been a resident of our beautiful town in Somerset.

Whilst growing up, I became interested in watching cycling. I was never really any good at sport but enjoyed volunteering as a marshal at several key events in the 90s.

After being involved with a different cycle club, I decided that I was not enjoying being continually dropped and left to fend for myself. So I left and decided I would have a go at starting a cycle club in my home town of Wincanton.

By recruiting three of my friends, we founded Wincanton Wheelers in 2017. I am Chairman and proud of the club we have created.

My aim is to make sure our club grows from strength to strength. I will continue to promote our wonderful town via all our club activities and welcome any person interested to give us a try.

Cathy, Hayden & Ethan Evans

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My family and I joined my husband (who was already a member) to become members of the Wincanton Wheelers last year.

Our 13 year old joins me on the ladies rides, plus the Tuesday evening rides (when it’s lighter evenings) with his dad, and even rode at the velodrome with the Wheelers, whilst our 9 year old rides with his dad on the family rides.

Getting the kids out on their bikes safely with other riders, and learning organically how to ride properly on roads has been incredibly valuable. They now know how to approach junctions, signal and respect traffic around them.

With no cycling proficiency at their primary school, they had no previous formal teaching on road safety, making this kind of group riding perfect for educating them in a fun environment about road knowledge and safety.

Sally Pitfield

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I first started cycling regularly when I was riding to work – it was so much quicker than sitting in the traffic every day. I progressed to doing a few longer rides on my own and for charity, and quickly got the bug!

I have recently moved to the area and was looking for a cycling club that was friendly and inclusive as I had previously enjoyed riding with a group. Having found the Wincanton Wheelers website and read about their background and membership I decided to join them for one of their Saturday rides.

I soon realised I had found exactly what I was looking for. Everyone is very friendly, welcoming and supportive, the rides are fun, with a great range to choose from depending on what I want to achieve. All that plus great coffee and cake stops – what more could I want!

I have also recently become a committee member and hope to see the club go from strength to strength.

Ben Whitney

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I started hand cycling in May 20, having hit 17.5 stone following my retirement from disabled strongman. I knew I needed to do something different so I purchased my first hand bike and got out there.

Here I am 18 months later, 5.5 stone down, on my 3rd bike and 5 months into my membership with Wincanton Wheelers, my only regret is that I didn’t join the club earlier! I’ve gone from doing the Saturday social rides to being persuaded to join the slightly quicker/longer Sunday rides and now entering TTs and taking part in the weekly hair and hounds ride.

Our aim is to include all forms of cycles including Road, Mountain and Electric Bikes.

I cannot recommend the Wincanton Wheelers enough. Being a disabled rider and new to the sport, it was daunting, but all the members have been friendly, welcoming and everything you could possibly want from a cycling club.

Come and join us and see for yourself!

Stuart Evans

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Three years ago I was looking to find a sport I could enjoy and took up cycling. I couldn’t locate a club in my home town of Shepton Mallet that was suitable for beginners, so travelled to Wincanton on a recommendation from the Wincanton Breeze group.

The group have been amazing for re-connecting me with my childhood love of cycling.

I have gone from not being able to make it up the Common Road hill, to cycling 100 miles to Swanage with the Wheelers.

The group welcomed me as a ‘not very good’ newbie into the group, and were approachable with lots of helpful advice to improve my cycling. I found to my delight cycling involves lots of coffee and cake stops.

I am now treasurer of the Wincanton Wheelers, plus a registered British Cycling Welfare Officer and Qualified First Aider.

Alan Cocker

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I am a recent addition to Wincanton Wheelers who are passionate about cycling, humour and promoting cycling.

I myself have had a bike of one sort or another since 1969. Since my early teens I generally modified, which then led to building and specifying my own bikes.

I rode for Withington Wheelers for a period of time, and am also a long distance member of Warsash Wheelers MTB. Like all cyclist's I have a few bikes both road and MTB, and like to mix and match. Competitive? Maybe just a bit, but competition, never say never? I much prefer the social ride exploring lanes, and definitely new areas especially if they are off road.

Russ Tanner

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I have been riding for between 2 and 3 years now, and spent many a day riding alone, which was not enjoyable. As a result I looked for a local club.

Wincanton Wheelers was my club of choice and I now have much more motivation to get out and ride.

Joining the club has allowed me to start to race in time trials and I have invested in a time trial bike to continue with racing. I have entered solo time trials and also taken part in team time trials with the Wheelers.

William Thorman

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I joined Wincanton Wheelers in April 2019 as I had always cycled alone but wanted to find a cycle club to enjoy riding with others, and being part of a team. I have also enjoyed taking part in time trials,and look forward to more in the future. I could not have chosen a better club, for all the help and support, I have received.