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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Bike Week 11th-19th June 2016

It’s time to take part in Bike Week – and help make the nation’s annual celebration of cycling bigger and better than ever in 2016!

With so many people using Bike Week as the catalyst to kick start their summer of cycling, we’re encouraging everyone to get involved and join in the fun.

This year’s theme is Ride to Work and we know that nearly 800,000 people commute by bike in the UK every day.  Take the Bike Week pledge to show your support and be in with a chance of winning some amazing prizes from Genesis, Park Tool, Shimano, Madison and Cycling UK.

Find out more

Cycling UK Alton invites you to join them in their rides during Bike Week:

      SATURDAY 11th JUNE

35-mile ride:  meet at Medstead Village Green (GR 658368) at 1.30pm for a moderate-paced ride to Twyford for tea.  The return route will take in Owslebury and Cheriton.  For more information please phone Malcolm on 01420 563834

20-mile ride:  meet at the Community Centre, Alton at 1.30pm for a leisurely-paced ride to the Departure Lounge, Alton, for tea.  This ride is suitable for those new to cycling, returners, families, and anyone concerned about keeping up with others.  For more information please phone Janice on 01420 80783


25-mile ride: meet at the Community Centre, Alton at 9.30am for a medium-paced ride to the Bakery at Old Basing, RG24 7BW, for coffee and cake.  Afterwards there is the option of continuing the ride to lunch with Fleet Cycling at the Tichborne Arms, Tichborne, SO24 0NA , or a return to Alton in time for lunch.  For more information please phone Janice on 01420 80783


30-mile ride: meet at the Community Centre, Alton at 1.30pm for a moderate-paced ride to Petersfield for refreshments via Colemore and High Cross.  For more information please ring Diana and Ray on 01420 85354

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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.

Accommodation can be found here:

Camping is also available in the nearby area.

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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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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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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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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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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Annual barbecue

Our annual barbecue was held on one of the best days of the summer in the beautiful setting of the garden of Newton Valence Village Hall.  The excellent spread of food was expertly cooked by Brian, Richard, David and Malcolm, and complemented by donations of salads and desserts from some of the club members, not to mention the liquid refreshments both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. The afternoon was enjoyed by all who attended, and as in previous years we welcomed a large group from Winchester CTC who have made a visit to our barbecue a regular part of their runs programme.  As the afternoon drew to a close Ray Wood thanked the organisers and helpers for all their hard work in putting on such a delicious spread.  Particular thanks go to the above-mentioned chefs and to Frank and Dina.  We’re already looking forward to next year!

23 Aug 2015 CTC BBQ8


You can see more photos from the barbecue in the Photo Gallery soon.

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