Our weekly club rides through the beautiful Hampshire countryside continue right into the autumn and winter. With fewer hours of daylight the rides are often a bit shorter than in the summer months, and are usually between 25 and 30 miles long. We ride for around an hour and a half then stop for tea, coffee and bacon sandwiches or cake, and a good natter.
If you think this is the sort of cycling you’d like, then we’d be very pleased to see you on one of our rides. Just turn up outside Alton Community Centre on a Thursday morning at 9.30am, or Saturday afternoon at 12.30pm.
For more information contact Janice on 01420 80783.
Our AGM has taken place with a good number of local cycling
members in attendance. Chairman Frank
Pote reflected on the last year’s cycling activities which included the
fund-raising Phil Hampton Memorial Ride, a weekend away to Malmesbury in June and
a pace-judging and freewheeling competition, as well as weekly club rides. He highlighted the absence of our usual
barbecue this summer and questioned whether it was missed. He also thanked the outgoing committee for
their work to support the group during the previous twelve months.
Secretary Richard Care has dealt with communications from
Cycling UK’s main office in Godalming and admin at committee meetings. Treasurer Mark Beauchamp declared the club’s
finances to be in a healthy state and a discussion followed about various
projects which some funds could usefully be spent on. Website manager Bob Bending discussed the
problem of the website being full, and put forward the options available to
Welfare officer Kaye Hicks was pleased to report there had
been no welfare issues in the preceding twelve months. Alton rides co-ordinator Janice Montgomerie
said that the local group continues to meet twice-weekly on Thursdays and
Saturdays, and once a month on Fridays for an easy-paced ride. She highlighted next year’s planned Festival
of Cycling which is being organised by Alton Town Council, and several club
members have come forward to lead rides or volunteer to help with bicycle
Basingstoke’s Right–to-Ride Representative Heather Rainbow
spoke of her year of networking and communicating with councillors, officers,
the public, Cycle Basingstoke members, other cycle campaigners, clubs,
community groups and businesses. She
felt that she has finally seen a major positive shift among councillors and
officers towards cycling.
Andy Key from Winchester was welcomed as our guest speaker
and he explained his role as a Cycling UK trustee, after which he answered a
number of questions put to him by some of the members present. The meeting moved on to the election of
officers, and Robin Poulter proposed that the existing committee be re-elected en
masse, which was carried.
Usually the winner of the annual pace-judging and
freewheeling competition is presented with the Mike Wilson tankard at the AGM,
but this year’s recipient Robert Watson was absent. However, a presentation of a certificate was
made to Janice Montgomerie who has been named as one of this year’s 100 Women
by Cycling UK, an event now in its third year which acknowledges the
contribution of women in inspiring others to cycle.
Finally, during the any other business section, the question
of whether to design and order some new club jerseys was raised once again, the
main barrier being their cost. This,
along with the website, will be discussed at the next committee meeting.
The date of next year’s AGM was set for 31st
October 2020, and after just under two hours the meeting was declared closed.
Our annual pace-judging and freewheeling competition recently took place under a cloudy sky with ten cyclists taking part. Congratulations to the winner Robert, and thanks to all who came along and supported the event. We enjoyed tea and cakes afterwards at Nosh Cafe, Four Marks, where Dan the organiser presented prizes to the runners-up Bill and David. More photos of the event will soon be available to view under the Photo Gallery tab.
Ten Alton riders gathered recently for a repeat of last year’s successful ride in memory of former club mate Malcolm Seal. A hilly route favoured by Malcolm was chosen, and like last year’s ride, the weather on the day was extremely hot.
The cyclists were joined on the ride by Malcolm’s son Graeme, and afterwards his wife Maureen met the group for tea at Gilbert White’s in Selborne.