Victoria Park Races 2014

The Club’s flagship event is on once again this year, courtesy of Chief (and most excellent) Organiser Steve Hesketh.

Hopefully, we will get two days of racing this year (one day snowed off in 2013) and the dates for your diaries (racers or helpers) are:

Saturday 29th March

Saturday 12th April

Details are now on the British Cycling website events calendar page, and you will see Steve has added a Women’s Only race in place of last year’s time trial. Hopefully this will attract more ladies to the events.

Keep your eyes on the Forum for more info as the dates draw near.

Club Annual General Meeting – 8th November

This is to announce that the Club Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday 8th November at Hatton Park Village Hall. The Meeting will begin at 7.00pm and is expected to finish by 9.00pm.  Refreshments (tea and biscuits etc.) will be available.

If you wish to make any changes to the way your Club is managed you must put forward a written proposal to the Chairman (me) no later than two weeks before the meeting. The agenda will be circulated to all members one week before the meeting.

Details have been circulated to members by email – if any member has not received the Chairman’s email to that effect please get in touch as your email address may be incorrect on our database.




Annual Dinner and Prize Presentation – 30th November

No doubt you will all have noted the Annual Dinner date on my recent email message and the 30th November is now firmly booked in your diaries. For new members I should explain that this is the event of the year, where we all get together and have a great meal and then listen to the Chairman for a while as he hands out Club trophies and prizes. This latter item is of course the highlight of the evening although most members pray for it to be fairly short so that the drinking and socialising can continue. :wink:

This year we will be going to the Chesford Grange ( The price of the meal to Club members will be a specially negotiated £23 each and members may bring one guest, also at that price. Members may bring additional guests (space permitting) at a price of £28.

The menu for the meal was attached to an email sent to all members on 1st October. If you haven’t received it please let me know.

All you have to do to book your place at this prestigious evening is to send your meal choices to me (mark up the menu is probably the easiest way to do that) along with a cheque for the appropriate amount (payable to Kenilworth Wheelers).

There will be a limit of about 60 places so get your booking in asap to make sure you don’t miss out. The bookings are coming in fairly steadily now and we are almost half full.  If you all get your bookings in soon enough we may be able to go for a larger room if necessary.  In any event we will need to confirm numbers by 16th November so you must book before then.

Lots more info to follow soon.  Keep your eye on the Forum and/or this Homepage.



Reliability Ride 15th September (see below)

KW reliability ride - poster 2013c

So where are we riding you may ask, especially if you didn’t ride it last year.

Well, the two routes are the same as last year and you can download a file to your  Garmin at the following addresses ( tracking software):

Long route:

Short route: … =trackList

If you are not into Garmins don’t worry, organiser Tom Holland will be providing printed maps at the start in Barford village hall.


Don’t forget to keep an eye on Tom’s notes on the Forum for any last minute info.

Otherwise, weather permitting we expect to see you all there – the more the merrier and all proceeds go to Myton Hospice.

Saturday Club Runs

We are hoping to resurrect the runs list for the Saturday crowd but we are still short of runs leaders.  Following yesterday’s Day Out with the Chairman, here is the list for the rest of July and August:

20th July:  Deddington (south of  Banbury);  Jim Bryant  (this is a longer ride to a new cafe, maybe 60 miles or so)

27th July:  Canons Ashby (new cafe);  Rob Cook

3rd August:  Dunnington (Hillers);  James Parsons

10th August:  Barby;  Dave Tarbun

17th August:  TBA

24th August:  Warmington (Herb Centre);  Glen Charman

31st August:  Chipping Campden;  Alistair Hill

7th September:  Oxhill (beginners’ ride);  ChairmanSteve

As you can see there are a few gaps waiting to be filled.  If you are thinking of coming on a club run on any of those days with vacancies, how about trying your hand at leading the ride.  It’s really not that difficult and we can give you lots of help with route-finding if you need it.  If we can complete the list soon we can then post it on the Club Runs page as usual.

Thank you



PS  As you can see, we only need to cover 17th August now (2nd August), thanks to a few new names appearing as runs leaders.  If you can do the 17th please put a post on the forum and/or email John Vallins who may be able to amend the list for the Club Runs page.


Clothing General Meeting – 23rd May

Our Clothing Committee has prepared several options for the design of the new Club Kit.  The chance to vote on your preferred choice comes at 7 pm on Thursday 23rd May, at Hatton Park Village Hall (Barcheston Drive).

This General Meeting will cover the new clothing only; there will be no other items on the agenda.

The new kit design will remain in place for at least five years so this will be an important decision for the Club.  All members should make every effort to be at the meeting; we are hoping for a very large majority to make their views known.

Keep a watch on the Forum topic (Clothing General Meeting) for pics of the new designs and for other information as we approach the meeting date.

Safer Riding No. 2 – Ride in Neat Lines

Quotes from the Club Guidelines:

“Ride in line with the pair of riders in front of you.  Avoid riding outside the line of the group”.

“Do not ride with your front wheel overlapping the rear wheel of the rider in front”.


Don’t drift away from the rider on your left, towards the centre of the road. This not only presents a very poor image to other road users, but if a vehicle approaches or overtakes the group you will tend to swerve back to the left, putting the riders behind you at risk.


Don’t overlap the wheel in front of you – it dramatically increases the risk of an accident.  If your front wheel touches the wheel in front of you, not only are you likely to fall but so will most of the riders behind you.


Don’t forget, your actions affect the safety of every other rider in the group.

Safer Riding – Slow down and give way at road junctions.

Quote from Club Guidelines:

 “Stop at road junctions and other “give-way” points.  Don’t jump across when vehicles are approaching as other riders may follow you.”


This is particularly important when riding on our evening training sessions where the speed will be higher than a Club run. We all have a responsibility for our own safety and the safety of others riding with us.


Slow down and give way at road junctions.  There is no excuse for approaching a junction at a speed which is unsafe for the group.  A training session is not a race and should not be treated as such.  If you want to race there are many opportunities to enter organised races; check out the calendar on the British Cycling website.

Kenilworth Wheelers Reliability Ride – Sunday 16th September

Entry just £3 on the day with all profits to Myton Hospice
Venue = Barford Memorial Hall, Church Street, Barford, Warwickshire.   Tea/coffee and cakes available pre and post ride.

Two routes; A 43 mile loop towards Ilmington (with 2343ft of climbing) or an 80 mile route out around Stow (with 5171ft of climbing) including some challenging hills.

More details are available on the Forum page; just click on Forum and then General Discussion and you’ll find detail notes at the top of the posts.  The “ROUTE MAPS” post gives you a link to the gpsies website where you can get maps or a Garmin download. Turn by turn written instructions will be available at the start.

Tom Holland is your Chief Organiser so if you have any questions please contact Tom.  If you are a non-member contact


Saturday Runs List

Now the Chairman is back in the Country we are starting the Runs Lists once more.  Here are the latest tea stops for your perusal.  Hope to have them on the Club Runs page soon.

4th August   Wootton Wawen (beginners ride)

11th August   Warmington (Herb Centre)

18th August   Dunnington

25th August   Chipping Campden

1st September  Oxhill (Donkey Sanctuary) (beginners ride)

8th September  Longborough (Cotswold Food Store)


Hopefully we will have another Chairman’s Day Out sometime late August.  Not sure when yet so watch this space (or the Forum)