Momentum Charity Ride in May

On 10 May 2014, between 08:00 – 18:00, about 50 cyclists from the Kingston Wheelers are going to embark on a day of cycling on static bikes in Eden Walk, Kingston-Upon-Thames, to contribute to raise money for the charity attached to Kingston’s children’s ward, Momentum, writes Gareth Thomas.

In the 10 hours available, we hope to have accumulated a mileage of around 700 miles to contribute towards Mometums ‘cycle 10,000 miles for £50,000″. Along the way, it’d be great to pick up some fundraising for this wonderful cause.

Momentum is a charity based on the Kingston Hospital’s children’s ward. The charity assists and supports families through life threatening and limiting conditions. This involves emotional support and the use of the charities log cabins in the New Forest and Shorefield. They have helped the ward refurbish with nautical themes, and and murals painted within the cubicles, and recently a brand new play room while the families are in-patients.

To donate see the page at

PS the club gets countless charity emails and more and can’t reply to them all but if 50 members are taking part then of course it gets a shout


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Club AGM – Chairman’s Statement

Statement from the Chair of Kingston Wheelers Cycling Club from the recent AGM:

Part of the Club’s mission statement which was developed at a time when the club was undergoing a period of enforced change following the death of then President John Bornhoft says;

“We pride ourselves on our friendly atmosphere and all-inclusive policy. We have an experienced membership who are on hand to offer advice on bike set-up and training to all.”

The current committee continue to support this ethos and believe in these statements. However, over the last year or so it has become increasingly the case that some members have failed to live up to these expectations. This has culminated in the committee recently receiving formal complaints which have been dealt with in accordance with the Club’s Rules.

It cannot be acceptable for any member to make public critical or negative comments about another club member or affiliated person or organisation. If there is advice to be offered, this should be done in a constructive manner and direct with the individual.

The Club’s website forum or Twitter (or other publicly-viewable media) are not suitable for such exchanges.  Even if the forum is restricted to the club membership, that still means a potential audience of in excess of 500 people who may not appreciate the manner in which comments are intended and may perceive them differently.

Whilst you may think you are expressing a personal view, if you are recognisable as a member of the club, then some people will perceive your views to be representative of the club.  As such, either on the road or on line, you should remember your role as an ambassador for the club.

Clearly, as a democratic organisation, the Club supports freedom of speech but that should not be confused with free speech, especially where free speech is liable to cause offense or harm to others. There have been high profile cases of libel relating to tweets and comments which involve children could give rise to criminal proceedings.

Everyone who joins this sport starts as a beginner, novice or newbie and hopefully benefits from the guidance of those more experienced as they develop their experience.  Rather than pass judgement, perhaps it would be more constructive to remember this and offer a more mentoring style approach.

Equally, the Club has always had a membership from diverse backgrounds (even when there were only 30 or so of us) and this should be a positive attribute.  Please respect people’s differences and their right to flourish in the Club environment.

Tim Lawn, Chairman

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Richmond Park Cycling Awareness Day – Sat 21st June

Richmond’s Safer Transport Team are holding a Cycling Awareness Day in Richmond Park on Saturday 21st June.

For more details:

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Olympic Velodrome sessions this summer

Kingston Wheelers have been allocated two sessions of track time at the Olympic Velodrome:

  • 20:00–22:00 Thursday 24th July, 5 riders.
  • 12:15–15:15 Saturday 9th August, 5 riders.

For more information, see the forum:

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Cycling Survey

Following a recent meeting on cycling in the area, Zac Goldsmith, MP for Richmond Park & North Kingston, has created a survey to gather residents’ views on cycling. You can find the survey here:

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Cycling Weekly Article on Club Skills Day

The club has been holding skills sessions at Hillingdon for several years to introduce newcomers to the basics of racing and group riding, from cornering to sprinting and more.

Cycling Weekly have written up their piece on last November’s session and you can read the article above, just click on the image to open the PDF. Thanks to Andy Edwards for co-ordinating the session and getting the article from Cycling Weekly.

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Gil Jessop Sporting 14 Results

The club’s Gil Jessop Sporting 14 time trial took place last Sunday and the race results are now available to download (PDF):

Despite the wet conditions many had a fast ride with our very own Wheeler Rob Sharland winning with a time close to the course record. Well done to all who rode and helped on the day.

You will find some photos online at and more online at

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Gil Jessop Sporting 14 startsheet

The club’s Gil Jessop Sporting 14 time trial takes place on Sunday 9 February and the race startsheet is now available to download (PDF):

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Timekeeping Course

No, this isn’t to help club members turn up on time for the club run. Instead there’s a course for cyclists in the London South District to attend and learn about timekeeping for time trials, the essential element of a race.

Mike Kilby (Lewes Wanderers) and Su Balcombe (Brighton Excel) are running a New Time Keepers course again this year. It’s being held on 18 February 2014 and the venue is at St. Paul’s Methodist Church Hall, Woodfield Road, Northgate, Crawley at 7.30pm.

The club looking for timekeepers and we will support anyone interested in attending the course. Please email the info@ address to sign up or see the forum for more.

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Herne Hill Track Day

Thanks to the efforts of Michael Hartrey the club is holding a track session at Herne Hill on Saturday 22 February starting at 1.30 pm.

The track is reserved for the club and there will be a British Cycling coach working to help newcomers and experienced riders alike. For more info, see the forum.

There are 55 places and at the time of writing there’s still places available and if you add your name as number 56 it is likely you can go on the day because someone if not several people will drop out before.

For everyone who has signed up now is the time to pay. It’s £6 and the price is subsidised by the club. Just click below:

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