Chippenham & Dist Whls
Chippenham & District Wheelers is a friendly, thriving cycling club that welcomes cyclists of all ages and abilities. We cater for riders of all ages and abilities, with a strong focus on developing young cyclists. In the summer of 2008, we were awarded Clubmark Status by the British Cycling Federation. The award is a high quality mark identifying those clubs with junior sections that have worked hard to ensure that their club is safe, well structured and well managed. The Castle Combe circuit is also used for varied cycling experiences for children, learning bike handling skills under qualified instructors in the British Cycling Go-Ride scheme, also circuit racing and time trialling in a safe environment. We now has a thriving youth section comprising over of 100 youngsters.
Formed in 1932, Chippenham Wheelers revived a floundering club called The Red Triangle Cycling Club. Jack Nunn was a young member who later became the Club President. He later achieved distinction in 12 and 24-hour races, and the Club 12-hour Championship Cup and Trophy events are named after him. We later became the Chippenham & District Wheelers in recognition of the wider area from which members came. In 1968 we amalgamated with the Chippenham Coureurs, a local school cycling club, with Dick Bond as the General Secretary for most of the time over the next 25 years.
During the late 1970's / early 1980's our members achieved considerable successes, with Mike Bond winning the Western Division Road Race Champion in 1978, Keith Wright finishing 2nd in the 24-hour and 3rd in the 12-hour National Time Trial Championships, Gary Woodward coming 2nd in 12-hour National Championship, and 4th in the National British Best All Rounder competition, and together with Keith Wright and Stan Mills achieved 2nd Team in the same competition. We also promoted Juvenile time trials and bunched racing in the town as part of Chippenham Carnival. In the late 1980s Bob and Kate Crisp dominated mixed tandem competitions, achieving National Records at 10, 30, 50 and 100 mile distances, three of these records still stand. In 1998 the now club chairman Andy Cook won the Western 12-hour time trial and finished 3rd in the National 24-hour Championship.
We now run five open time trial events annually, as well as a Good Friday day of races at Castle Combe Race Circuit. We also run summer weekly time trials for both senior and youth riders. As well as road racing and time trials, we support activities such as multi-event competition are affiliated to the British Triathlon Association for duathlon and triathlon events. We have an active mountain bike/ off road contingent who use various courses locally for training and racing. We also have a regular and popular programme of non-competitive cycling, including an annual Audax series ranging from 50k to 175k, weekly leisure rides of 40-60 miles, as well as easier rides for families and less experienced cyclists.
During recent years, we have gone from strength to strength, with membership increasing from a steady 100 - 120 members annually prior to 2006 to the current position of over 450 members. Aside from racing successes, we're seeing more people joining in weekend leisure rides and other events, and the attendance at the annual Midsummer Bike night increases year on year. It will be interesting to see what the legacy of the 2012 London Olympics brings to the club by way of increased interest in grass roots cycling. It is something the club will embrace with its usual enthusiasm, after all, it is only a bike ride.