Isle of Wight Night Ride 29th June

Entry to our night ride around The Isle of Wight on Friday 29th June is now open, 65 miles clockwise around the rolling lanes of the “South Island”. We are asking for an early indication of numbers so we can plan accordingly.

Entry is open to Alton CC, Cycling UK and Fleet Cycling members and guests, so step out of your comfort zone.

Entry is free but you will need to pay your ferry costs to and from the Isle of Wight as well as mid and post ride refreshments.

Many of you will have ridden the Island in daylight but at night it takes on a whole new appearance and if we are lucky with clear skies the night sky will be spectacular.

We will meet at East Cowes,  (there is a Red Funnel ferry that leaves Southampton at 10-30pm and gets to East Cowes at 11-30pm )  and after a briefing we will start our ride at mid-night. The ride will be led and using The Friday’s very successful model there will be two TECs (tail end Charlies) to help with any problems, mechanicals and punctures.

No one gets left behind, this is not a race.

There will be a mid ride stop at about the half way point, somewhere on the South of the Island for  coffee and cake and to hopefully enjoy the night sky and sound of the sea, and at the end of the ride, breakfast in West Cowes prior to getting a ferry back to the mainland.

Please complete the entry form:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf8DS5mfL-fKI3YSyUbLQjY5M-v6KzRWO0-xmFTnttLrZnmSQ/viewform?usp=pp_url&entry.2005620554&entry.1045781291&entry.1065046570&entry.1166974658&entry.839337160 

You will be added to the e-mailing list for the ride and receive further details and information about the requirements for night rides as well as updates as the date of the ride approaches. 

Nigel Hicks & Chris Wright

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Easy-Paced bike rides from Alton

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Weekend Away in the Cotswolds 22nd – 24th June

Have you booked your accommodation yet?

Frank has organised a weekend away in late June which will include a taste of the Cotswolds again this year, this time the southerly part, for the weekend of 22nd – 24th June 2018. It will be based around Malmesbury, which offers a range of facilities to meet our needs in terms of accommodation and restaurants for our evening meals together.

As usual there will be rides arranged for Friday afternoon 22nd as well as all day Saturday 23rd (normal and faster paced) and for the morning of Sunday 24th.  Come and join us as we explore this beautiful part of the country, only two hours drive away.

Some useful links to find accommodation:

https://www.bedandbreakfastsearcher.co.uk/availability/results.asp?id=2164857_DL526Z1049#1

https://www.cotswolds.com/accommodation/searchresults?sr=1&poly=9023

The following link only provides limited information on this occasion:

www.cotswolds.info/accommodation/malmesbury-lodgings.shtml

Camping for caravans and motorhomes can be found at:

https://www.burtonhill.co.uk/

We look forward to seeing as many of you that can make it, for what will hopefully be a ‘cycling filled’ weekend!  Please let Frank know if you’re going so he can plan for numbers.  Thanks!

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R.I.P. Bob Butt 1934-2018

It is with great sadness we report the death of Bob Butt, one of our long-standing members who cycled with the Fleet Cycling group.  We send our sincere condolences to his family.

A local lad, Bob worked at the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough.  He married Chris and they have three sons.  Always active, Bob was a member of the Hart Road Runners for many years, during which time he ran many half-marathons and several marathons.  He was also a life-long blood donor, donating blood 110 times in all.

At the end of his running career in the 1990s he started cycling with the North Hampshire CTC group at Fleet, where he made many friends.

Bob was a fighter, and despite battling with cancer over many years he refused to give up, just last month cycling out to Hartley Wintney to meet the group.  His attitude has been an inspiration to his many friends and fellow cyclists.

Bob’s cremation will be held at Aldershot Crematorium at 9.15am on Thursday 12th April.  This will be followed by a gathering to celebrate his life at 10.30am at Ewshot Village Hall. All are welcome to attend.

Bob on the left on a snowy ride with Fleet Cycling a few years ago.

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Phil Hampton Memorial Ride

Thank you to everyone who supported our sixteenth Phil Hampton Memorial Ride last weekend on a rather grey day.
This year a record number of 117 cyclists entered the event, who between them donated the enormous sum of £1095.00 for the Cyclists’ Defence Fund, which is also a record!  Thank you all for your generosity.
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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CTC Wessex Picnic Sunday 8th July

CTC Wessex (Cycling UK) have invited us all to ride (or otherwise) to their annual picnic at Damerham Village Hall on Sunday 8th July 2018. Tea and coffee will be provided free of charge, soft drinks too. Cyclists usually bring their lunch, but there is a pub opposite the village hall.

The venue is ideal for the event, being set by the little River Allen. Tables are provided outside, but there is shelter indoors if the weather gets nasty.

The hall is booked from midday till 3pm.

The map reference is OS sheet 184, 105162

Postcode Hampshire SP6 3HD

If you want to know more or discuss the arrangement please call me: Bob Chittenden 01929-550390, 07800-801034

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Monthly Friday Rides from Alton

Our monthly easy-paced rides which started during summer are continuing into the winter.  We’ll meet at 9.30am outside Alton Community Centre. The pace will be leisurely and the distance about 15 miles or so, and will include a coffee stop.  If you’d like to join us, just turn up!

The next ride will be on Friday 20th April 2018.

 

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Pace-Judging & Freewheeling Contest 2017

Our annual Pace-Judging & Freewheeling Contest was held on a sunny Saturday afternoon along some quiet lanes south of Four Marks.  Twelve took part, cycling first anti-clockwise, then clockwise, round a short 2.5 mile circuit.  The winner was the cyclist whose time difference for the two laps was the smallest.

The group then moved on to the freewheeling part of the competition, where there was quite a large difference in the distances reached by the riders.  Positions from the two parts of the competition were counted as points and added together, and the lowest combination won overall.

Congratulations to David who was the overall winner, and thanks to everyone else who took part and made it such an enjoyable afternoon.  After the competition the cyclists rode to Nosh Cafe in Four Marks where prizes were presented to the winner and the runners-up by Dan, who had organised the event.

The results are here:

More photos from the event are in the Gallery section of this website and also on the Cycling UK Alton Facebook page.

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Summer Barbecue

Our annual barbecue has taken place and, as always, there was plenty of tasty food and lively conversation.  Once again we welcomed a group from Winchester CTC who cycled over to join us as part of their Saturday ride.   Our thanks go to the small team of local Cycling UK members who worked hard to make the barbecue such a success again this year.
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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  www.immobilise.com

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