Easy-paced rides from Alton

Friday 20th March is the date of Cycling UK’s next easy-paced bike ride, starting at 10am from Alton Community Centre.  We’ll be riding out to the Treehouse Cafe at Garthowen’s Garden Centre in Four Marks for our welcome cuppa, with a total distance of around 15 miles. 

weekend away in cheddar

The spectacular scenery of the Cheddar Gorge

Frank is arranging a weekend away in late June which will include a taste of both Cheddar Gorge and the Mendip Hills this year. It is for the weekend of 19th – 21st June 2020 and will be based around Cheddar in Somerset, which offers a range of facilities to meet our needs in terms of accommodation, evening entertainment etc. 

As usual there will be rides arranged for Friday afternoon 19th (~25 miles) as well as all day Saturday 20th (normal (~40 miles) and faster paced (~65 miles)) and for the morning of Sunday 21st.

Please note both of the Saturday rides will include an ascent of the Gorge from  the Cheddar side. 

Some useful links to find accommodation: 

Camping including caravans and motorhomes can be found at either: https://www.caravanclub.co.uk/club-sites/england/southern-england/somerset/cheddar-caravan-club-site/?utm_source=localsearch&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=gmb 
or https://www.petruthpaddocks.co.uk/
I look forward to seeing as many of you that can make, it for what will hopefully be a ‘cycling filled’ weekend! 

Caen to Cannes trip 2020

Chris King-Smith has sent the following message:

I am planning a ride to the Cote d’Azure to celebrate the same ride I did 25 years ago.  The provisional dates are 9 – 20 June.  There will be a sack wagon provided by my daughter, who lives in the South of France.  If you might be interested in joining me, email me at c.kingsmith@btinternet.com

Please contact Chris for more information if you’d like to accompany him on his trip.

Phil Hampton Memorial Ride

Last year’s 50-milers

Our annual Phil Hampton Memorial Ride will be on Saturday 21st March, held this year for the eighteenth time.  This ride is organised every year in memory of Phil, a cyclist from West Surrey, who was killed by a lorry while cycling on the A3 in 2002.  Our aim is to raise funds for The Cyclists’ Defence Fund, a charity set up to fight legal cases involving cyclists but which now covers all aspects of cycling and the law.  

The routes are the same as last year, and as usual there is a choice of either 50 or 30 miles starting at either 9.30am or 10am respectively, allowing more time for the longer route to be completed.  Medstead Village Hall will be open until 4pm.

We ask for a minimum donation of £5 to enter, preferably by Paypal to ctc_nh@yahoo.co.uk (note the underscore between ctc & nh), but also a cheque payable to Dan Montgomerie or cash is acceptable. If paying by Paypal, please choose “sending to a friend or family” so no fees are charged.

Please see the links below to the entry form, a parental consent form which must be signed for under-18s, printable route sheets, maps and gpx/tcx files.  

As always we encourage entries in advance in order to better gauge numbers for catering, but it is also OK to enter on the day.

As usual there will be free tea and coffee before the event, and sandwiches and cakes available for a small sum afterwards.  Pubs and cafes can be found on both routes.  

We look forward to seeing you on the day!

Entry Forms/Consent Forms

Maps as PDF files

Links to routes on Ridewithgps.com   

The 30 mile route is https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18938468

The 50-mile route is https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18051176

Last year’s 30-milers

rides from alton

Autumn colour near Four Marks

Our weekly club rides through the beautiful Hampshire countryside continue right into the autumn and winter. With fewer hours of daylight the rides are often a bit shorter than in the summer months, and are usually between 25 and 30 miles long. We ride for around an hour and a half then stop for tea, coffee and bacon sandwiches or cake, and a good natter.

Some of the Thursday morning group at Petersfield

If you think this is the sort of cycling you’d like, then we’d be very pleased to see you on one of our rides. Just turn up outside Alton Community Centre on a Thursday morning at 9.30am, or Saturday afternoon at 12.30pm.

For more information contact Janice on 01420 80783.