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.
We cater for all. First and foremost that is why we exist. But there is something for all abilities including Social Rides, Time Trials. Day Trips, Cycling Holidays and more!
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.
Having wrapped my first road bike round the rear-end of a metro back in the 90’s and never buying a replacement, I was encouraged back into cycling in 2005.
Having moved to Wincanton I joined a nearby cycle club, but it was soon clear that Wincanton was lacking. Four of us therefore decided to start the club and I am therefore one of the founder members of Wincanton Wheelers.
Trying to keep members in order, not only on our social media sites, but also on the road, seemed to become my role and I was soon dubbed as the fun sponge (affectionately so I hope).
Having started as club secretary and treasurer, I am now just the club secretary.
I am also a registered British Cycling Welfare Officer & Qualified First Aider.
The club goes from strength to strength and I am proud to be a part of it.
I joined my First Cycle Club in 1978 and have been riding and racing Road, Track & Mountain bikes ever since, I have a wealth of knowledge on most things cycling, bike fitting, bike repairs & training.
I am one of the founder Members of Wincanton Wheelers and Honorary President,
I serve on the committee as Social Secretary & Racing Secretary,
I am Club Delegate to British Cycling and Cycling Time Trials.
I am also a Qualified First Aider & Accredited Race Marshall
Hi my name is Karen and I have three children aged 12, 11 and 8. We joined Wincanton Wheelers last summer after some taster sessions on the ladies rides so I became a family member with the children and my husband who was already a member.
The children have enjoyed meeting new friends and learning about safety on the roads when out riding.
Everyone is really friendly and supportive to everyone, giving lots of encouragement. The children enjoy taking part in family rides and fun events such as the treasure hunt and duck racing on the club’s 2nd birthday.
Also the children have loved the Circuit riding at Castle Coombe and taking part in the Wincanton carnival.
I first started cycling 18 months ago. I was 18 stone and had reached a point in my life where if I didn’t do something I would be in a early grave. I was cycling solo before joining Wincanton Wheelers after my first ride with them. They were unlike most other clubs and waited for me and I was surprised by what a social group they all were. I thoroughly enjoy riding with the club and have now become a committee member, acting with another member as Youth/Family Ride organiser.
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. I am a committee member and lead the weekday evening rides.
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.
Three years ago I was went 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.
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.
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.