75th Anniversary Awards

Our 75th Anniversary Awards evening was on 18th  November 2023 and saw the return to the location where the was club founded in 1948 – the Wigmore Smallholders Club.

A lot of hard work goes into delivering any club event, so thanks must go first to Helen Masters, Social Secretary and Kirsty Wastall for shouldering the burden of the work with support from Mike Finch, Bob Philbrook and Martin Trice.  Thank you.

Following our meal, we were thrilled to have cyclocross legend Ian Field speaking about his career as a cross racer and his journey to get there and his new role as coach at http://veldcoaching.co.uk. Our host for the evening Bob Philbrook ensured things ran smoothly.

Bob and Jon from the Go-ride section were on hand to announce the prizes as Ian kindly gave them out with a smile and a handshake. Not before some well-earned flowers for Helen and Kirsty for their sterling work in organising the event.

The full list of winners is below but some notable awards are here:

  • Steve Harman, Dave Bishop and Marin Stoichkov, Cyclerama Award for completing Lands End to John O’Groats.
  • Henry Twynam, “”L’Equpier” rider of the year for being super helpful and supporting younger riders at Go-ride sessions.
  • Keith Walker, for a truly amazing tally of awards.

The traditional raffle followed, with our great friends The Bike Warehouse Gillingham donating some awesome prizes.

There was also a special prize paid for by the Philbrook family for introductory coaching vouchers for Luke Anderson’s new cycle coaching venture Luke Anderson Cycle Coaching. Find out more about Luke’s offering at https://lacc.uk. We wish Luke all the very best with his new venture.

It was great that some old club members could attend too, and there was a display of club memorabilia from years gone by.

We hope everyone had a great evening and is looking forward to next years challenges, maybe with a new bike or gadget from Father Christmas, or indeed The Bike Warehouse!

The 75th Anniversary Wigmore CC prize winners
Caitlin DobbinsMost Improved Rider
Cameron Carthew3rd Evening Scratch League (Road Bike)
Laurence BaileyMost Improved Rider (Primary Age)
Henry Twynam“L’Equipier” Rider of the Year
Mike Finch1st Evening Scratch League (Road Bike)
Jamie Harris2nd Anderson Points League
Miles TwynamMost Committed Rider
Julien Barton1st Evening Scratch League
2nd Evening Handicap League
2nd Evening Vets League
John Booty Club Events Cup
Zwift Shield
Marin Stoichkov2nd Evening Scratch League (Road Bike)
Luke SmeetonBest Racer
Dave Wastall2nd Open TT League
3rd Anderson Points League
Luke AndersonLen Payne Off Road Trophy
Sonny JennsBest Newcomber
Franco Della MuraTrack Shield
Dave and Kirsty WastallClubman of the Year
Alex HollidayMost Improved Rider (Secondary Age)
Steve Harman/David Bishop/Marin StoichkovCyclerama Shield
Richard Masters1st Evening Handicap League
3rd Evening Scratch League
3rd Evening Club Combined League
3rd Evening Vets League
Tourist Trophy
Jude TippinsJunior Zwift Award
Anthony Bee3rd Open TT League
Dave Bedford 10 Mile Cup
Len Chambers 25 Mile Cup
Presidents Short Distance B.A.R. Champion
Keith Walker1st Open TT League
1st Evening Vets League
2nd Evening Scratch League
2nd Evening Club Combined League
3rd Evening Handicap League
Anderson Points Cup
Bill Philbrook Memorial Trophy
Club Hill Climb Champion
Club Hill Climbing Champion
Len Chambers Massed Start Cup
R.A. Burns 50 Mile Cup

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75th Anniversary

It’s party time!

It’s our 75th anniversary. Come and help us celebrate at our special Presentation Evening party on Saturday 18th November from 5pm to 10pm.

The event will be held at the Wigmore and District Smallholders (2 Springvale, Gillingham ME8 0JG) where the club was founded way back in 1948.

There will be hot food served at 6pm.

We also have a very special guest speaker, Ian Field (pictured on the top step in his British Champions jersey). Ian is now a cyclocross coach at Veld Coaching https://www.veldcoaching.com/ , but is the former FIVE times winner of the British National Cyclocross Championships at U23 and Senior level and raced cyclocross professionally in Belgium for many, many years. Not only that, but he’s also a local lad from Ashford!

Tickets for the event cost £25 for adults and £12.50 for children.

You can book your place by filling out this simple form:

https://forms.gle/RmXP6vtx1wLpp4Me8 – don’t forget to hit the “submit” button after you’ve filled in all the details.

Tickets must be purchase by 1st November 2023.

It only takes a minute. Once you’ve hit the submit button, you’ll get a link to pay sent to the mobile phone number you specify in the form.

Food options are:

Main course – Breast of chicken or vegetarian lasagne

Dessert – Raspberry and white chcolate, or Chocolate cheesecake

…and you specify these in the form.

Any questions, please email Helen on social@wcc.bike
Thank you very much and looking forward to a great night.





Hill Climb 2023

It’s here, our Hill Climb Event

Location: Hollingbourne Hill, Sittingbourne

Date: Sunday, 24th September 2023, 10:30am

Entry to our traditional Hill Climb Event up the ever challenging Hollingbourne Hill has been extended by a couple of days, and will close on SUNDAY 17th September.

Entry is just £12.50, with a host of cash prizes on offer (including age categories, not just the fastest).

Entry is on the Cycling Time Trials website HERE:


If you have any questions or queries, or are available to help out on the day; please hit reply to this email, or drop the organiser a message at events@wcc.bike

Hopefully see you there!

2023 Zwift League

So the 5th iteration of our club winter Zwift League has come to an end. Points have been totted up and the final results are in. First of all I’d like to thank you all for logging on each week to race and making the league a success.


🏆 Jude Tippins
🥈 Luke Smeeton
🥉 Oliver Young


🏆 Julien Barton
🥈 Steve Penny
🥉 Jamie Harris

Full league tables – https://wigmorecyclingclub.org.uk/2023-2/2023-zwift-league-tables/

All the results of the Go-ride races are here: https://wigmorecyclingclub.org.uk/2023-2/2023-zwift-league-go-ride-results/

All the results of the adult races are here: https://wigmorecyclingclub.org.uk/2023-2/2023-zwift-league-go-ride-results/

Stats for the season

22 Rounds✅

2,200+ Miles✅

4 Go-Ride Members✅

15 Adult WCC Members✅

13 Guest Riders✅

12 Different Race Winners🥇

2023 membership renewals

Dear All

Thank you so much for being a member during 2022. Hopefully you managed to get out there and achieve some of your goals on the bike, and had a bit of fun at the same time. Especially during all that great sunny weather we had over the summer. And here’s hoping that 2023 brings more of the same.

This is all a long way of saying…


To renew your club membership, please click our (now infamous) “Big Pink Button”. You know you want to…

Memberships run for the entire year, so now is the very best time to renew your membership. Plus, you’ll be in the first batch of super special awesome amazing membership packs that’ll I’ll be putting together in a couple of weeks. I’m planning a refresh of these member pack… so gone are the usual trinkets, in will be some sort of other new trinket! Also, I’ll be providing a club events calendar (inc TT series dates, and other such calendar-ey things).

• Senior: £26
• Junior: £10
• Family: £39 (2 adults and 2 children living at the same address)
• Supporter: £6 (for our non-riding friends of the club)

And if you’re a member of another club but would still like to support us:
• 2nd Claim Senior: £13
(Note: Supporters and 2nd Claim members are not eligible for anyclub trophy. 2nd Claim and Family memberships are reviewed before acceptance by the secretary… ME!)


If you’re receiving this email, you’re still very much invited to our AGM that will be held on Thursday 26th Jan 2023. You should get another email or two about that, but other club emails (news, events, announcements, etc…) will now only be sent to renewed members.

And with that, I’ll leave you to enjoy the rest of your weekend. Hope to have you on board again in 2023!

Kind regards…
Phil Appleby, WCC General Secretary

Wigmore CC gains qualified adult Ride Leader

Wigmore Cycling Club has gained a qualified British Cycling Ride Leader.

Club Chairman and Club Ride Secretary Kevin Ford attended the 2-day course held at Cyclopark on 11th and 12th September.

With a range of pre-course learning, classroom, on site and external rides the course covered ride planning, supporting new and developing riders confidence, road skills and, of course, risk assessments!

The training will be used to provide improved experience for the Wigmore CC Developers group and where group abilities are mixed.

Wigmore CC typically provide a Developers (up to 15 miles, 10 mph), Intermediate (up to 45 miles, 13 mph) and Advanced (45 miles and above, 15 mph and above) group rides each Sunday.

Club Rides meet for a 9am start from Rainham Library car park, Birling Avenue, with free on street parking nearby should you choose to drive the start.

All group rides are inclusive with a ‘no drop’ policy and focus on the social aspect of riding, even when the group may be going a bit quicker. For more info, see here.

Wigmore CC also have a strong Go-Ride section for school age children to build cycling skills, along with a range of racing events throughout the year, delivered by a strong group of British Cycling-qualified volunteer coaches. Sessions run term-time only on Saturday mornings. For more info, see here.

Use the Contact form if you’d like to join us for a no obligation taster ride or for more information.

Message from the Chair

Hello all Wigmore CC members!

We have some updates to share, so please have a look below and respond if appropriate to each one.

End of TT season evening social

We’ll be having another meal at the Woolpack, Iwade after the final Iwade TT of the season on Wednesday 24th August.

This is open to WCC members and guests, and you certainly don’t have to have ridden to come along and join us and also celebrate the TT specific awards being presented.

You’ll need to pre-order this year by midday Wednesday 17th August, so the order can be placed that evening.

The menu is here and please use the simple table below so the orders can be collated.

Please email me, Kevin at chair@wigmorecyclingclub.org.uk with your completed order.

Name Starter Main Dessert

*Please note I will not be chasing for responses or have time to transcribe lists etc into the table*

Adult ride leader training

British Cycling (BC) have been able to re-start Ride Leader training and have a range of dates available, including 10th and 11th September at Cyclopark.

Would you like to complete the training the help Wigmore CC further develop its skills and capacity?

The course is £205 with candidates asked to pay 50% with Wigmore CC re-paying the member after 6 months of actively leading rides.

(You’d also need a 3-hour first aid certificate).

Please email me, Kevin at chair@wigmorecyclingclub.org.uk if you’re interested in the opportunity.

Kit order and discount reminder

Martin Trice, Treasurer has submitted an order to fill the key gaps in our kit, which is held at The Bike Warehouse, Gillingham High Street.

As a reminder, we have a range of discounts available on kit, which is shown in the image below.

Just pop down to The Bike Warehouse in Gillingham and try before you buy!

Kevin Ford

Deux Jours de Cyclopark 2022

Last weekend (6th and 7th March, 2022) saw the start of the Youth Road Race calendar, with the grandly titled Deux Jours de Cyclopark 2022 hosted by VC Londres.

The races, number of stages, points scoring and circuit varied for different age categories. U10s had to race for 15 mins each day, U12s for 30 mins and U14s had two races per day of 30 and 45 mins in which they could score bonus points on certain sprint laps.

The U10s field had 26 riders, 43 riders in the U12s and 20 in the U14 Girls.

Day 1 saw the riders compete clockwise round the circuit in the wet conditions.

Day 2  was competed anti-clockwise. The Day 2 weather was dry but much colder! A big shout out to the Sunday club adult riders who made a stop at Cyclopark as part of their ride to cheer everyone on.

Overall results for the weekend based on the GC (General Classification) were:-


8th Riley
16th Ewan
23rd Ben


40th Joe

U14 Girls

4th Millie

Also well done to one of our former Wigmore CC Go-Rider, Finn, who placed 4th in the U18 Boys. Well done Finn.

… and last but certainly not least, thanks to Luke for marshalling.

For anyone interested in taking part in future races, please check out the British Cycling events page for the Regional Youth Road Race Series where there are four more events throughout the year.

Also, don’t forget that Spring in the Park (at Cyclopark) starts on Friday evenings from 29th April. This is a great introduction to road circuit racing for Go-Riders.

Please feel free to ask coaches for further information on any of these events.

Kirsty Wastall

2022 Open events Time Trial Schedule

South East (Q) district

Here is a list of open event Time Trials, kindly collated by Phil Appleby.  Big thank you Phil. All events are run according to Cycling Time Trials rules.

MarchSat2610VTTA 10m Grainhttps://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/23539
Sun310KCA 10m Hamstreethttps://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/23541
Sat910Catford 10m Tonbridgehttps://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/23544
Sun1025SFA 25m Lenham (Road Bikes)https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/23545
Sun1725KCA 25m Brenzethttps://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/23546
Sat2310WestKent RC 10m Grainhttps://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/23550
Sun2430VTTA Champs 30m Hamstreethttps://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/23553
MaySun125WigmoreCC 25m TT Challockhttps://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/23555
Sat1410MVC 10m Grainhttps://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/23556
Sun1525Gravesend 25m Challockhttps://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/23559
Sun2225MVC 25m Brenzethttps://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/23561
Sat2810S&DW 10m Tenterdenhttps://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/23562
Sun2950KCA 50m Hamstreethttps://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/24155
Sun1225VTTA 25M Challockhttps://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/23564
Sat1810Bexley 10m Grainhttps://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/23566
Sun1910VTTA 10m Thanethttps://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/23568
Sun2625Thanet RC 25m Thanet Wayhttps://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/23570
JulySat210KCA 10m Bettshangerhttps://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/23572
Sun1050VTTA Champs 50m Hamstreethttps://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/23577
Sun1725KCA 25m Brenzethttps://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/24158
Sun2410Thanet RC 10m Thanet Wayhttps://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/23579
Sat3010VTTA 10m Hamstreethttps://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/23582
Sun1425KCA 3-UP 25m Brenzethttps://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/24161
Sat2125Catford 25m Brenzethttps://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/23584
Sun4100KCA Champs 100m Hamstreethttps://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/24163
Sun1125VTTA Champs 25m Brenzethttps://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/23586
Sun1825WestKent RC 25m Challockhttps://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/23588
Sun25HCWigmore CC HC Hollingbournehttps://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/find-events
Sun915VTTA 15m Hamstreethttps://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/23591


EKCX 2022 final round up

The East Kent Cyclocross League was very well attended with a total of 20 riders taking to the start line throughout the 2021/22 season. (12 Go-Ride and 8 Adults).

Hopefully, you will all be back in September and maybe we will see some new faces have a go and join the WCC CX tribe!

All 5 rounds were completed this year with each rider’s four best results counting towards the final league tables.

Here is a reminder of what happened in each round.

Round 1 Race Report – Sandwich Tech


Round 2 Race Report – Northbourne Park


Round 3 Race Report – Alex Paton GP, Dover


Round 4 Race Report – Lydden Hill


Round 5 Race Report – Betteshanger



Final League Tables

Under 10s and Under 12s

Under 14s and Under 16s




Under 10s

Henry Twynam 🏆

Henry had a very strong season and overall took the top spot in the under 10’s


How did your CX racing go this year?

“Really well! I was on the podium in every race and really enjoyed it.”

Which was your favourite course and why?

“Betteshanger. It was fun going through the woods and in the mud.”

Will you be back next season?

“Yes of course! Because I really enjoy doing it.”

What do you think you learned most from your racing this year?

“I have improved on hills and enjoy doing the off-camber training we’ve been doing. I am more confident and the coaching we get at Wigmore has really helped.”

Riley Wastall 🥈

Riley Wastall

Just 4 points behind Riley finished 2nd overall in the under 10’s.


How did your CX racing go this year?

“My races went well because I got 2nd’s constantly and a 3rd.”

Which was your favourite course and why?

“My favourite was Lydden Hill because it had two bits to it. Those two bits were the stones to sprint on and the technical bits.”

Will you be back next season?


What do you think you learned most from your racing this year?

“Sprinting, and throwing the bike forward at the finish line.”

Miles Anderson

Miles Anderson

Miles finished the season in 6th.


Which was your favourite course and why?

“Betteshanger, I had lots of fun. Mostly running and rolling around the banks with Henry!

Will you be back next season?

“I will be back for more cross after some BMX and Circuit this summer.

What do you think you learned most from your racing this year?

“I learned that I need to use harder gears when it’s fast and easy gear when it’s slow.

Summer Cass

Summer Cass with her brother Joe

Summer finished the season 6th overall. A great effort and her first try at CX racing.


How did your CX racing go this year?

This was my first season in CX, I entered three races this season, I found it hard! Especially in my first race when I ended upside down tangled in tape, on a tree stump!”

Which was your favourite course and why?

Astor College was my favourite course, I got a third in that race!”

Will you be back next season?

I’ll be back next season, on my bigger bike, perhaps even another podium finish”

Ben Bailey

Ben Bailey

Ben finished the season in =8th.


How did your CX racing go this year?

CX has gone well this year”

Which was your favourite course and why?

“I liked Betteshanger the most as it was bumpy.”

Will you be back next season?

Definitely back next season.”

What do you think you learned most from your racing this year?

I’ve learnt how to change gear and dismount/remounting, and running up muddy hills

Ewan Delaney

Ewan Delaney

Ewan finished the season in =8th.


Which was your favourite course and why?

My favourite course was Jon’s washing machine of doom at Go-Ride”


Oliver Young

Oliver finished the season in 10th.

Oliver Young


How did your CX racing go this year?

My racing went really well. This year has been my first try at racing and I loved it.”

Which was your favourite course and why?

My favourite race was Betteshanger as it was lots of fun.”

Will you be back next season?


What do you think you learned most from your racing this year?

I have learnt how to go round corners.”

Jude Tippins

Jude raced his first CX race in round 5 and finished 13th overall.


How did your CX racing go this year?

“I really enjoyed my first taste of racing this year and am looking forward to giving it another go.”

What do you think you learned most from your racing this year?

“The main skills so far have been using the gears properly and having my first go at what it is like to race.”

Under 12s

Rowan Murphy 🥈

Rowan Murphy

Rowan took a very impressive 2nd in the final tables for the under 12’s.


How did your CX racing go this year?

“Quite good.”

Which was your favourite course and why?

“Betteshanger, because I felt like I did extremely well. The muddy bit was good fun. “

Will you be back next season?

“Yes, absolutely”

What do you think you learned most from your racing this year?

“Probably power, ride faster and harder all the time.”

Joe Cass

Joe Cass

Joe scored points very consistently throughout the season and finished 6th in the under 12’s.


How did your CX racing go this year?

“Being my first full season of CX (I only did Betteshanger in December 2020), and being in the under 12’s was challenging. My first race at Sandwich was a great race, I fell off four times but still finished! I’ve practised my cornering since then!   The final race at Betteshanger was a great race too, being head to head with Miles for most of the race was good fun!”

Will you be back next season?

I’ll be back next season, it would be good to get on the podium!”

Under 14s

Sammy Bassett

Sammy Bassett

Sammy finished the season in 7th


How did your CX racing go this year?

“I had an OK season.”

Which was your favourite course and why?


Will you be back next season?

“Of course, I will be back next year.”

What do you think you learned most from your racing this year?

“I learned that the placing is not important.”

Millie Dean

Millie finished the season in 8th.

Millie only rode two East Kent races this season, at Sandwich Tech and Northbourne Park. Millie’s early-season London League results were good and she had five podiums! Millie had to cut short her cyclocross season due to injury to her knee sustained at a crash in a circuit race at Colchester and came back to ride the regional champs at Cyclopark but her knee wasn’t 100% healed and she never raced cross after that.

Her favourite course this year was Canada Heights in the London League as it was a brand new course and very hilly. Millie says what she learnt this year was don’t listen to her Dad when he says ride a circuit race in Colchester! Millie’s looking forward to riding both London League and east Kent League cyclocross next year and is stepping up to the under 16 girls.


Luke Anderson

Luke Anderson

Luke finished the season in 25th.


How did your CX racing go this year?

I didn’t get to race much due to injury.

Which was your favourite course and why?

“My favourite course was the new version of Betteshanger.

What do you think you learned most from your racing this year?

I learned that I need to try the tricky bits more on practice laps to make the most of my skills when fitness is so bad.

Chris Murphy

Chris Murphy with Jon Bassett

Chris finished the season in 33rd.


How did your CX racing go this year?

“The first few races were a struggle due to lack of saddle time first half of the year, but felt stronger as the season went on.”

Which was your favourite course and why?

“Lydden Hill was my favourite full lap due to it having a bit of everything from a long straight, to a few short sharp climbs, muddy off-camber and little banks.”

Will you be back next season?

“Oh yes.”

What do you think you learned most from your racing this year?

“I learned that even though I don’t finish up the front of a race, I still love every painful second of the race, and what skills did I use most? The simple answer is, I don’t have any skills lol.”

Jon Bassett

Jon finished the season in 47th.

How did your CX racing go this year?

“My season is just getting started. I feel the best is yet to come.

Kevin Ford

Kev finished the season in 79th.


How did your CX racing go this year?

“My one and only race was more challenging than i’d hoped for, having had to stop my regular daily cycle commute and therefore the chance to train to ride under effort.

I knew I was there for the fun and more importantly to support our younger members racing, so entry was a spur of the moment as the race had plenty of spaces.”

Which was your favourite course and why?

“I only raced at Betteshanger, and as I knew from my one other CX race in 2019, the East Kent league is very friendly and encouraging.

The big dip was daunting to look at, but all over and done with once you had committed to it.”

Will you be back next season?

“I’m hoping to be fitter for 2022 and subject to work, joining the training sessions and entering a race or two, but just for fun.”

What do you think you learned most from your racing this year?

“Jon Bassett gave me a great tip for dismounting (foot over axle when unclipped) which really helped me have confidence coming up to any dismounts. Thanks Jon.”

Dave Wastall

Dave Wastall

Dave finished the season in 82nd.


Dave Bishop

Dave finished the season in 32nd.


How did your CX racing go this year?

Not as well as I thought, still an over-hang from Covid!

Which was your favourite course and why?

The one at the school as it’s not hilly but fast and technical and I had my best result.

Will you be back next season?

“I will be back next season and in better shape hopefully

What do you think you learned most from your racing this year?

“My balance and control of slides is pretty good


Jamie Harris

Jamie Harris

Jamie finished the season in 10th


How did your CX racing go this year?

“This year went well and happy with 10th overall having not raced CX since the 2017/18 season. The technical cobwebs blew off pretty quickly but my fitness could have been better.

Aside from the slipping and sliding in the mud at Lydden Hill, I only had one crash which was on the off-camber at Dover so I’ll take that as a win!”

Which was your favourite course and why?

“Lydden Hill was my favourite course and the gnarly conditions suited me too.”

Will you be back next season?


What do you think you learned most from your racing this year?

“To go hard on the straight or hilly sections and to go easy/smoothly on the technical sections.”

Cameron Carthew

Cameron Carthew

Cameron finished the season in 18th


How did your CX racing go this year?

“My racing went OK, I didn’t have many expectations as I only did one race prior to 21/22 season.”

Which was your favourite course and why?

“My favourite course was Lydden, the different terrain with steep banks and a lot of mud. It wasn’t the course that suited me the best but I enjoyed it the most.”

Will you be back next season?

“I will be back next year but for the EKCX again only.”

What do you think you learned most from your racing this year?

“From a skills side it was pretty clear I don’t have many🤣 I need to put more time into riding the Cross bike, dismounting, tight corners etc. So have a few areas to focus on”

Jamie Harris

The support crew!