Welcome to the Leisure section of Orwell Wheelers
With over 660 members Orwell Wheelers caters for a huge variety of cyclists of all experiences and ages. The ethos of the club is to enjoy being out on the bike and to have lots of banter along the way.
The Leisure season is roughly divided into three parts:
Winter (October to March) – the club organise formal training spins each Sunday during these months. The spins are categorised into four main groups based on ability and experience. These spins cater for everyone from beginners/improvers to racers, and everyone in between, looking to build up a good base for the season. So there is literally a group for everyone. As the saying goes “Winter miles, Summer smiles”. There is an entire section on the website dedicated to this which can be found here
Spring/Summer (April to September) – this is the business end of the year for most cyclists, whether it is to get out and enjoy a leisurely cycle in the country or to complete a certain sportive or overseas event.
Leisure Competition: Orwell organises a novel competition for the club each year, whereby sportives, randonees, audax events, attending social events and writing reports are all assigned varying points with prizes on offer for the winners. If you plan on doing an event then check the Forum to see if there is a thread set up, if not then post up that you are interested as it is up to the club members to organise groups, meet up times, car pooling, etc.
Randonneur Medal: A bespoke medal is given to each person who completes 12, or more, spins which are greater than 140 km each. These can be solo spins, group spins, sportives or races.
Training Spins: These are predominately informal but there are typically spins each week on both weekdays and weekends. These are usually all advertised on the Club Forum's Spins Topic so keep an eye out, or advertise your own.
Randonée: The Orwell Wheelers Randonnée is the club's sportive, and also a fund raiser for Ross Nugent Foundation. With nearly 2,350m of climbing over 150km it is a real challenge. For more on this great event see the Randonée page.
AUDAX (All Year Round) – this is a branch of cycle sport in which participants attempt to cycle long distances within a pre-defined time limit. Audax is a non-competitive discipline: success in an event is measured by its completion. See http://www.audaxireland.org/audax/ for more information about this type of cycling challenge. Participation in Audaxing in the club is growing year on year, with members participating in Irish and events abroad. Orwell Wheelers will be organising three Audax events in 2017; the Orwell 200, the Midlands 300 and the National 400.