Summer Bike Rides with Cycling UK Alton

A recent introductory bike ride for families and newcomers to cycling was organised by Cycling UK Alton as part of national Bike Week.   A five-mile route took in Anstey Park and Anstey Mill Lane with a stop at Holybourne Pond, where a heron and several ducklings were spotted.  The return was via the cycle path along Anstey Road and back roads to Alton Community Centre.


A second easy-paced ride will take place on Saturday 8th July, leaving the Community Centre at 10am.  This time a longer ten-mile route will include a coffee and cake stop halfway round.  All are welcome, just turn up on a roadworthy bike.  For more details, see the poster below.

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Introductory Rides with Cycling UK Alton

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Farnham Festival of Cycling

Sunday 2 July – the Farnham Festival of Cycling

Farnham Maltings hosts the Velo Village, and the event spreads across the town to include

Farnham Charity Bike Ride

The Hoops Velo Hill Climb

The Pedal Heaven Town Centre Races

Look at the latest kit, try out new bikes, watch arthouse films, take part in workshops and fun competitions, browse the cycle jumble, compete in the races… Or simply do what cyclists do best – drink good coffee and eat cake!

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Weekend away in Tewkesbury

Our club weekend away this summer will be based in Tewkesbury and will include a taste of the Malvern Hills. The dates will be the weekend of 24th – 25th June 2016.
As usual there will be rides arranged for Friday afternoon 23rd as well as all day Saturday 24th (normal and faster paced) and for the morning of Sunday 25th.
Ten have already booked!  But there’s still time to join us – don’t delay, book your accommodation today!
Some useful links to find accommodation:
The following link only provides limited information on this occasion:
Camping for caravans and motorhomes can be found at either:
We look forward to seeing as many of you that can make it for what will hopefully be a ‘cycling filled’ weekend!  For more information please contact Frank.
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Phil Hampton Memorial Ride 2017

A very big “Thank you” to all who supported the recent Phil Hampton Memorial Ride at which we collected the outstanding sum of £752.00, by far the largest amount we have ever raised at this event.  This is down to the amazing generosity of the 82 riders who took part on the day together with the contributions of other supporters.  The full sum has been donated to the Cyclists’ Defence Fund via the Just Giving page and you can see the donation displayed on the Just Giving website:

The Cyclists’ Defence Fund said “Thank you for donating to help the Cyclists’ Defence Fund raise awareness of the law relating to cycling and support more cyclists facing legal battles. With your help we can strive to preserve and protect the health and safety of the public by encouraging and facilitating safe cycling. Thank you for your support!”

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Advisors wanted…

New members are needed for a group which advises on ways to improve access to Hampshire’s countryside.

The Hampshire Countryside Access Forum (HCAF) needs two new members to represent the interests of off-road cyclists and people with disabilities, to advise organisations including Hampshire County Council and Portsmouth and Southampton City Councils.

HCAF is the statutory Local Access Forum for Hampshire (excluding the New Forest and South Downs) Southampton and Portsmouth, required under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. Its members are people from a cross-section of interests, from landowners, farmers, councillors and rural business owners to walkers, horse riders, cyclists and motor vehicle users. This ensures that the needs of all groups are taken into account when the Forum provides advice on access to the countryside.

  • Shaping and influencing: The Forum has recently provided guidance and advice on the review of the Countryside Access Plan (Hampshire’s Rights of Way Improvement Plan).
  • Awarding grants: the Forum also makes up the Panel that assesses applications to the Small Grants Scheme (, which since 2006 has provided funding to Parish Councils, community groups and landowners for improvements to rights of way and other access.
  • Major projects: the Forum recently completed the Providing Access to Hampshire’s Heritage project ( after securing funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This project recruited over 100 volunteers to research historical evidence for rights of way which are not yet shown on our legal records but still meet current needs. Some of these routes have now been added to the definitive map of rights of way and other additions are in progress.

Forum members are volunteers but can claim back travel and other related expenses. An employed Forum Officer provides administrative support for the Forum, which meets four times a year. Members are usually appointed for three years, however current membership is due to be renewed in September 2017. These two vacancies are therefore for a 1-year term, at the end of which you may reapply for a period that will bring you into line with other members.

To apply for Forum membership, download an application pack and return by 27 February 2017 to

Many thanks for your help,

Petronella Nattrass
Countryside Access Development Officer
(normally available Monday-Thursday)
Countryside Access Team, Countryside Service,
Culture, Communities & Business Services (CCBS)
Hampshire County Council,
Ground Floor, Castle Avenue, Rm 0.01,
Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8UL
Telephone: 01962 845326
HPSN2: 845326
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What if it gets stolen?

Immobilise is a national property ownership database whereby members of the public register their property through the website in the hope that if it is lost or stolen and comes into the hands of the police, their property will be returned to them. Immobilise is a police data base where items that have serial numbers can be logged.

Bike crime is particularly prevalent in Basingstoke and many of the bikes recovered by Police cannot be traced back to their owners.  Equally if we suspect that a person is in possession of a stolen bike we find it hard to prove unless the owner has registered the serial number on Immobilise.

More information can be found on the website

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Opening of the Butser Cutting Cycle Route

On 19th November the new cycle route between Petersfield and Queen Elizabeth Country Park was officially opened.  A large number of cyclists from all over the area congregated outside Petersfield train station for a group ride to QECP via the new route.  Once there, the ribbon was cut and this useful link was declared open.  See below for photos from the day.






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A letter from Cycling UK Vice Chair Dan Howard

Following our national AGM earlier this month, I wanted to write to all member groups and affiliated member groups to keep you updated on key decisions which were made. As someone who took part in my first member group ride almost exactly 25 years ago, our member groups and affiliated groups are hugely important to me and I’m proud of the enjoyment our members get from rides and events organised locally through our groups.

Our AGM was well attended and we celebrated the excellent work we do across the UK and also debated a number of important motions.

While we had important motions to discuss at the AGM – for me our AGM was also an opportunity to consider, reflect and focus on our shared purpose – it is about the two year old child scooting along on their balance bike for the first time, or the student riding across town because it’s the best way to get around, or maybe the touring cyclist riding around the lanes for the day, or maybe the adventure touring cyclist dipping their wheels in the ocean ready to ride across the continent, or the commuter or leisure cyclist out for a 10 minute ride, or maybe someone riding their bike to the shops – and recognising that we support all of these things for people all ages and abilities whatever they ride.

At the AGM we discussed a number of motions relating to the way in which we operate and our policies on cycling within the UK. The motion which we rightly dedicated the most time to discuss was motion 5. This related to noting the report from the governance group, agreeing the changes proposed by Council and approving the changes to the Orders in Council of CTC. We discussed these changes in depth during the meeting. This motion was passed and what this means is we’ll now make a number of governance changes. These include agreeing and implementing a transition plan to a smaller body of Trustees elected from all of the UK rather than regions and we will also introduce a number of replacement Board sub-committees. Collectively these changes will allow us to work in the most effective way possible. We’ll provide further updates as necessary through our usual communication channels – Cycle magazine, CycleClips and our website.

You’ll be aware of our rebrand to Cycling UK last month. We are hugely proud of our history and heritage but recognised that our branding needed to better reflect the breadth of excellent work we do now, who we are and what we stand for. We consulted with around 13,000 of our members ahead of this change. Feedback at events and with Government has been hugely positive.

Support and guidance on the brand continues to be available from Head Office and should this be required please contact Julie Rand, Member Group Co-ordinator,, 01483 238308

I ended our AGM by asking members to pause and reflect back on their own cycling story, to think about the work we individually do and to consider the collective difference we can make. Let’s get started!

Thank you for your continued support and I’d welcome feedback from groups.  My contact details are below and I look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,

Dan Howard

Vice Chair, Cycling UK


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John Dowie

John Dowie is crowd-funding his memoirs on Unbound – telling the tale of a man who launched a comic career when no-one was interested, and walked away from it, just as the crowds (and the money) showed up. About a man who took to cycling ahead of the rest of us – but in baggy shorts, not Lycra, and eating lukewarm baked beans rather than performance gels. A man, in short, whose nature ensured he took a very different road. Literally.

And you can get involved in the story – support the book, get your name in there, get exclusive mementos (emphatically not ‘merchandise’), and even have John cycle to your door with your personal copy, followed by your personal story.

It’s an unmissable opportunity to support one of the lost legends of  British comedy and to read a genuinely extraordinary life story.”

Below is a link to the Unbound website where you can read excerpts from the book (as well as watch a video narrated by the great Barry Cryer), and choose a level of pledge that suits you.

As a token of gratitude, Unbound are offering a discount to any cyclist who makes a pledge. Simply apply the code CTC16 at the checkout stage and £5. 00 will be wiped from your bill.

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