Saturday 21st May ride to pub lunch at Warnford

On Saturday 21st May members of Cycling UK North Hampshire are invited to meet for a sociable lunch at The George & Falcon at Warnford.
A ride will leave from Alton Community Centre at 10.30am.  Non-cycling partners would be very welcome to join us at the pub by car.  We are expected to arrive by 12.30pm.
The pub has asked if we could give them an estimate of numbers in the week beforehand, so if you think you will be attending this lunch please could you email Janice by Wednesday 18th to let her know.
Sample menus are given on their website
I hope as many of us as possible will be able to be there to make this an enjoyable social event.
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Grit Storage Facility Planning Application

There is a planning application with Waverly DC for Hindhead Hill Farm,  where the Hindhead Tunnel Construction Compound on the side of the A3 was located, to now be made into a road maintenance compound.

The access they are proposing for the site traffic, lorries, gritters etc etc is along Boundless Road and Bedford Lane.  Boundless Road is the new ‘quiet lane’  that  incorporates the hard surface / commuter cycle route from Hindhead to Thursley (that avoids the tunnel), for cyclists, horse riders and local traffic.   Bedford Lane is only a bridleway.

This flies in the face of the extensive work and costs in getting the design of the A3 tunnel right so as to afford protection to local amenities and public rights of ways.

The Planing Application can be seen online here.

Anyone wishing to comment or object can do so through the ‘On-line comment’ button.

The site is here

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Approx area of site

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The two access lanes are Boundless Road via the underpass into Bedford lane

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The underpass

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View from A3 southbound of prospective site just behind trees. Works vehicles are parked in bus stop bay.

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Cycling Weekend in the Cotswolds

Frank is arranging a weekend away to the Cotswolds this year for the weekend of 25th – 26th June 2016. It will be based around Moreton-in Marsh again as this offers the best range of facilities to meet our needs. As usual there will be rides arranged for Friday 24th as well as Saturday 25th (normal and faster paced) and Sunday 26th.

Some useful links to find accommodation:

Camping can be found at:

I look forward to seeing as many of you that can make it for what will hopefully be a ‘cycling filled’ weekend!

Further details will be provided on routes etc.  Please contact Frank for more information, and to let him know you’re planning on coming.

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Phil Hampton Memorial Ride 2016

19 Mar 2016 Phil Hampton ride

Sixty cyclists descended on Medstead Village Hall recently for the annual Phil Hampton Memorial Ride, held to commemorate the local cyclist who was killed by a lorry while cycling in 2002.

Local riders were joined by others from further afield including Reading, Poole and London.

Organised as usual by Dan, this year the grand sum of £525 was raised for the Cyclists’ Defence Fund, a charity which was set up to fight legal cases involving cyclists.

Setting out into a cold north wind, the cyclists chose one of two routes, either a 30 mile northerly loop via Upton Grey and Cliddesden, or a 50 mile circumnavigation of Basingstoke.

On their return the cyclists enjoyed hot drinks, rolls and cakes prepared by the kitchen team of Janice, Kaye, Chris and Dave.

Follow this link to see the donation displayed on the JustGiving website:


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Battle Mountain

Graeme Obree is a true legend of cycling and a man who was an inspiration to many of today’s generation of cycling greats, like Sir Chris Hoy and Sir Bradley Wiggins. Famous for building his own bikes he honed his bike building skills while running his own cycling shops in Ayrshire.

His career in cycling saw him claim the World Hour record twice and world 4000m pursuit title twice. Controversy dogged his career when officials within the UCI changed their rules to outlaw Obree’s innovative designs.

Battle Mountain – Graeme Obree’s Story follows Obree as he hand-builds his latest creation, The Beastie, and travels to Nevada in 2013 with his sights on setting a new Human Powered World Land Speed Record. Directed and produced by David Street, Battle Mountain is a stunning documentary film which gives an insight into the maverick innovator that is Graeme Obree. A must for fans of cycling. A must for fans of free speech and independence of mind.


April 29 Lancaster Duke  20:30
May 1 Glasgow GFT 19:30
May 1 Thirsk Ritz (no Q+A)
May 2 Edinburgh Cameo 20:30
May 4 Lincoln The Venue 19:30
May 5 Sheffield Showroom
May 6 Heaton Moor Savoy 20:45
May 7 Liverpool Picturehouse At Fact
May 8 Crewe Odeon
May 8 Bo’ness Hippodrome 14:30 (no Q+A)
May 9 Bo’ness Hippodrome 11:00 (no Q+A)
May 12 Bo’ness Hippodrome 19:30
May 13 Falkirk Cineworld
May 15 Dundee Odeon
May 16 Aberdeen Belmont
May 17 Inverness Eden Court 19:30
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Leisurely bike rides in Alton

Now that the winter is drawing to a close we expect you’re looking forward to getting out into the countryside again on your bike, hopefully in some warm sunshine!  The Saturday afternoon leisurely bike rides are starting up again soon, as usual leaving from Alton Community Centre at 1.30pm.
The first ride is 12th March and will be led by Rupert, who will stop at Nosh in Four Marks for refreshments.  We have a few confirmed dates as listed on the poster below, and later dates will be confirmed nearer the time.  The leisurely rides will run at least once a month, and hopefully twice, look for further updates here on the CTC NH website.
 Leisurely Bike Rides 2016 poster updated
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Rebranding of the CTC

The following letter has been received from the Chief Executive of the CTC Paul Tuohy by a few members, and due to its importance it deserves a wider audience.  The national organisation is soon to be called “Cycling UK”, and we await more information on how this will affect us locally.

rebranding letter from Paul Tuohy

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Cycling Events in the area

Besides our Phil Hampton Memorial Ride, there are a number of other cycling events in the coming months organised by neighbouring CTC groups:


Sunday 1st May Isle of Wight Randonnee 100K or 55K

Wayfarer CTC

Start from any of the checkpoints on the island


Sunday 22nd May Grand National Park2Park 200K & Between the Parks 100K

Southampton CTC

8 or 9am from Woodley, nr Romsey – two new Audax rides!




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Good home wanted…

I am trying to find a home for a cycle trailer.  It was made by an engineering student many years ago.  It is located here in Andover and as a CTC member thought that a member might give it a good home.  We are not talking money, but don’t want it scrapped!

Email for details

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Publication of the Hampshire County Council Cycling Strategy 2015

The following item was published on the Hampshire County Council website on 18th November.

Following public consultation earlier in 2015, the County Council Executive Member for Economy Transport and Environment, Sean Woodward approved a new Cycling Strategy in September 2015.

Aims of the strategy

The aim is to provide a clear statement on the County Council’s overall aspirations for cycling; set a strategic framework to support the planning and development of cycling measures with local partners including district councils; provide a means to prioritise available funding for cycling to the best value for money investments; and support the County Council in attracting new investment from funding partners for cycling and other associated sustainable transport measures.

The strategy links the County Council’s corporate priorities of health and well being, economic development, supporting communities and improving efficiency, as well as the planning and implementation of cycling measures with local partners. It aims to support and strengthen the importance of current and future cycling and the active travel strategies developed by local authorities in the County.

How the strategy was developed

Following public consultation earlier in 2015, the County Council Executive Member for Economy Transport and Environment, Sean Woodward approved a new Cycling Strategy in September 2015.

Over the Spring and Summer of 2015, Hampshire County Council prepared and consulted on a draft Cycling Strategy. The vision is that by 2025, cycling will be a convenient, safe, healthy, affordable and popular means of transportation and recreation within Hampshire.

This document went out to public consultation for 12 weeks between 6 May 2015 and 29 July 2015. There was an enthusiastic response from members of the public and the comments and suggestions submitted were incorporated, where appropriate, into the final strategy. The strategy document was approved by the Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment on 15 September 2015.

Comments and questions

If you want to comment or have any questions on the strategy then please email:

Related links

Cycling in Hampshire: Over 750 miles of off-road cycle routes and urban cycle paths make Hampshire a great place for cycling

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