1. TIME & DATE: 10:00am SATURDAY 18th MARCH 2017

RIDE INFORMATION: The ride starts at 10am from Medstead Village Hall, grid reference SU 659369, postcode GU34 5LG.  There will be refreshments available at the start and finish.  There are also several pubs along both routes. The aim of the event is to raise funds for the Cyclists’ Defence Fund, a charity set up to fight legal cases involving cyclists but which now covers all aspects of cycling and the law.

To enter in advance please e-mail a completed form to and send a minimum donation of £5 via Paypal (address for payment is  Alternatively, post a cheque (payable to D.Montgomerie) with your form to Dan Montgomerie, 23 Tower Street, Alton, Hampshire GU34 1NX.

Phil Hampton Memorial Ride 2017 Entry Form (PDF)

Phil Hampton Memorial Ride 2017 Entry Form (WORD)

The 30-mile link is

The 50-mile link is

To receive printed route instructions in advance please enclose an SAE and indicate which route you would like, or include your email address for an electronic copy or a gpx/tcx file.

You can also enter on the day.

You can ride the route starting partway round if this is more convenient from where you live, then call in at the hall as you pass.  Please inform the organiser in advance if you’re considering doing this.

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Bicycle maintenance workshop in Alton, Saturday 25th March

Cycling Development Officer Susan Keywood has organised this bicycle maintenance session for Alton on Saturday 25th March. If you’ve been thinking about getting your bike ready for some summer cycling, this is your opportunity. Why not come along and learn how to check it over?

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Advisors wanted…

New members are needed for a group which advises on ways to improve access to Hampshire’s countryside.

The Hampshire Countryside Access Forum (HCAF) needs two new members to represent the interests of off-road cyclists and people with disabilities, to advise organisations including Hampshire County Council and Portsmouth and Southampton City Councils.

HCAF is the statutory Local Access Forum for Hampshire (excluding the New Forest and South Downs) Southampton and Portsmouth, required under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. Its members are people from a cross-section of interests, from landowners, farmers, councillors and rural business owners to walkers, horse riders, cyclists and motor vehicle users. This ensures that the needs of all groups are taken into account when the Forum provides advice on access to the countryside.

  • Shaping and influencing: The Forum has recently provided guidance and advice on the review of the Countryside Access Plan (Hampshire’s Rights of Way Improvement Plan).
  • Awarding grants: the Forum also makes up the Panel that assesses applications to the Small Grants Scheme (, which since 2006 has provided funding to Parish Councils, community groups and landowners for improvements to rights of way and other access.
  • Major projects: the Forum recently completed the Providing Access to Hampshire’s Heritage project ( after securing funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This project recruited over 100 volunteers to research historical evidence for rights of way which are not yet shown on our legal records but still meet current needs. Some of these routes have now been added to the definitive map of rights of way and other additions are in progress.

Forum members are volunteers but can claim back travel and other related expenses. An employed Forum Officer provides administrative support for the Forum, which meets four times a year. Members are usually appointed for three years, however current membership is due to be renewed in September 2017. These two vacancies are therefore for a 1-year term, at the end of which you may reapply for a period that will bring you into line with other members.

To apply for Forum membership, download an application pack and return by 27 February 2017 to

Many thanks for your help,

Petronella Nattrass
Countryside Access Development Officer
(normally available Monday-Thursday)
Countryside Access Team, Countryside Service,
Culture, Communities & Business Services (CCBS)
Hampshire County Council,
Ground Floor, Castle Avenue, Rm 0.01,
Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8UL
Telephone: 01962 845326
HPSN2: 845326
Find us on Facebook

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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

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Thursday ride to Alresford


A photo of some of the Alton Thursday group, taken at Medstead, on their way to Alresford for coffee.  For more details, see Section Rides.

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Testimony Films wants to hear from you!

This item was in the local press last week.


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Opening of the Butser Cutting Cycle Route

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.






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A letter from Cycling UK Vice Chair Dan Howard

Following our national AGM earlier this month, I wanted to write to all member groups and affiliated member groups to keep you updated on key decisions which were made. As someone who took part in my first member group ride almost exactly 25 years ago, our member groups and affiliated groups are hugely important to me and I’m proud of the enjoyment our members get from rides and events organised locally through our groups.

Our AGM was well attended and we celebrated the excellent work we do across the UK and also debated a number of important motions.

While we had important motions to discuss at the AGM – for me our AGM was also an opportunity to consider, reflect and focus on our shared purpose – it is about the two year old child scooting along on their balance bike for the first time, or the student riding across town because it’s the best way to get around, or maybe the touring cyclist riding around the lanes for the day, or maybe the adventure touring cyclist dipping their wheels in the ocean ready to ride across the continent, or the commuter or leisure cyclist out for a 10 minute ride, or maybe someone riding their bike to the shops – and recognising that we support all of these things for people all ages and abilities whatever they ride.

At the AGM we discussed a number of motions relating to the way in which we operate and our policies on cycling within the UK. The motion which we rightly dedicated the most time to discuss was motion 5. This related to noting the report from the governance group, agreeing the changes proposed by Council and approving the changes to the Orders in Council of CTC. We discussed these changes in depth during the meeting. This motion was passed and what this means is we’ll now make a number of governance changes. These include agreeing and implementing a transition plan to a smaller body of Trustees elected from all of the UK rather than regions and we will also introduce a number of replacement Board sub-committees. Collectively these changes will allow us to work in the most effective way possible. We’ll provide further updates as necessary through our usual communication channels – Cycle magazine, CycleClips and our website.

You’ll be aware of our rebrand to Cycling UK last month. We are hugely proud of our history and heritage but recognised that our branding needed to better reflect the breadth of excellent work we do now, who we are and what we stand for. We consulted with around 13,000 of our members ahead of this change. Feedback at events and with Government has been hugely positive.

Support and guidance on the brand continues to be available from Head Office and should this be required please contact Julie Rand, Member Group Co-ordinator,, 01483 238308

I ended our AGM by asking members to pause and reflect back on their own cycling story, to think about the work we individually do and to consider the collective difference we can make. Let’s get started!

Thank you for your continued support and I’d welcome feedback from groups.  My contact details are below and I look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,

Dan Howard

Vice Chair, Cycling UK


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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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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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