Weekend away in MalmesburyCome & join us in this beautiful cycling areaJune 22, 201860 days to go.
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:
The following link only provides limited information on this occasion:
Camping for caravans and motorhomes can be found at:
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.