North Hampshire Cycle Social Mingle

Hatch Warren & Beggarwood Cycling Club would like to invite club members to a Cycling Social Mingle on Friday 23 February 2018, 19:30-23:00, at the Basingstoke Hockey Club, Pack Lane, Basingstoke RG22 5SN.

So, what’s this all about? Well, we see each other out on the roads all the time, wave or give a quick nod, but we never actually get to chat. It’s time to change that by having a social event where we can all get to do just that – we can chat about our great passion, cycling, to our hearts content, all without boring everyone else (which I’m sure we’ve all been accused of at one point or another).

With this event we’re hoping that it will:

  • Encourage more interaction between the clubs.
  • Provide more information on each club to ensure that riders are joining the right one for them, if not all of them – well why not, after all, it’ all about being on the bike.
  • Help out between clubs if/when needed – short of ride leaders, maybe someone from another club can help out
  • Encourage Breeze ladies only groups to move up and join mixed rides with their local club when they feel ready – we’re not that scary after all – as well as general movement between clubs to make the most of those days we can get out on the bike.
  • Look at inter-club rides/events – yes, more socialising.

On the night we will have the following guest speakers:

  • Ruth Miller, Partnership Manager South, British Cycling
  • Laura Hughes, Events Manager, St Michael’s Hospice (The Big Wheel)
  • Ark Riders, Ark Cancer Care (Ark Cycling Event)

As a community we feel it’s good to give back and by inviting the above speakers we can find out more information on their charity events and look to support them. But don’t worry, this section of the evening will only take up 30 minutes max (20:30-21:00) then it’s back to the socialising.

We have gained full support from Basingstoke Council and therefore we will also be putting up an ideas board where anyone can write down their thoughts on how we can progress cycling in North Hants and what they feel the cycling community could benefit from – so get those thinking caps on.

The hope is that this will be the first of many events in the future, maybe bringing in more clubs from a wider area. How about a summer barbecue that we all ride to?

Only 100 tickets/places available on a first come, first served basis – so sign up promptly!

We really hope that you will be in full support of this event – it’s going to be a fun night – how could it not be when we’re talking all things bikes and riding?!

Look forward to seeing you there.

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PHIL HAMPTON MEMORIAL RIDE SATURDAY 24th MARCH 2018

Now in its sixteenth year, our Phil Hampton Memorial Ride this year will take place on Saturday 24th March.  With this ride we commemorate the life of Phil Hampton who was tragically killed while cycling in 2002.   We ask for a minimum donation of £5 and all money raised is sent to 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.

Refreshments will be available at the start and finish, and there are also several pubs along both routes.

TIME & DATE: 10am SATURDAY 24th MARCH 2018

APPROXIMATE DISTANCES: 30 or 50 miles, and the routes are the same as last year

STARTS FROM: Medstead Village Hall, grid ref SU659369, postcode GU34 5LG

Pre-entries would be much appreciated so we may better estimate numbers for catering.  To enter in advance please email a completed entry form to danjanmontgomerie@gmail.com and send a minimum donation of £5 via Paypal.  When making your Paypal payment the address to enter is ctc_nh@yahoo.co.uk (note the underscore between ctc and nh). Alternatively, post a cheque (payable to D.Montgomerie) with your form to Dan Montgomerie, 23 Tower Street, Alton, Hampshire GU34 1NX.  To receive printed route instructions in advance please enclose an SAE and indicate which route you would like.  You can also enter on the day.

Phil Hampton Memorial Ride 2018 Entry Form

PH 30 route sheet 2018 (Word)  PH 30 route sheet 2018 (PDF)

PH 50 route sheet 2018 (Word)  PH 50 route sheet 2018 (PDF)

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Happy New Year to all North Hampshire cyclists!

Wishing everyone many happy cycling miles in 2018!  This photo is of the Alton group’s final ride of 2017.  If you don’t already cycle with us, why not join one of our rides this year?  They are a good way to meet new like-minded people, learn some new routes, and perhaps to get fitter, and we always welcome new members.  There are regular rides from Alton, Fleet and Petersfield – see the Section Rides tab for more details.

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Malcolm Seal, R.I.P.

It is with great sadness that we learned of the recent death of Malcolm Seal, one of our most regular riders over the past few years.  Malcolm will be remembered for his generosity, loyal friendship, kindness, wit and humour.  He was a true gentleman, and he will be much missed by all of us.  We send our sincerest condolences to his family.

Malcolm on the left with the other “Four Marks Brothers”, on the last ride he led, July 2017

Below is the wonderful floral tribute to Malcolm’s life as a cyclist which was placed on his coffin during his funeral ceremony on 8th November 2017.

 

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Monthly Friday Rides from Alton

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 19th January 2018.

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Pace-Judging & Freewheeling Contest 2017

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.

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Summer Barbecue

Our annual barbecue has taken place and, as always, there was plenty of tasty food and lively conversation.  Once again we welcomed a group from Winchester CTC who cycled over to join us as part of their Saturday ride.   Our thanks go to the small team of local Cycling UK members who worked hard to make the barbecue such a success again this year.
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Phil Hampton Memorial Ride 2017

A very big “Thank you” to all who supported the recent Phil Hampton Memorial Ride at which we collected the outstanding sum of £752.00, by far the largest amount we have ever raised at this event.  This is down to the amazing generosity of the 82 riders who took part on the day together with the contributions of other supporters.  The full sum has been donated to the Cyclists’ Defence Fund via the Just Giving page and you can see the donation displayed on the Just Giving website:  https://www.justgiving.com/CyclistsDefenceFund.

The Cyclists’ Defence Fund said “Thank you for donating to help the Cyclists’ Defence Fund raise awareness of the law relating to cycling and support more cyclists facing legal battles. With your help we can strive to preserve and protect the health and safety of the public by encouraging and facilitating safe cycling. Thank you for your support!”

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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  www.immobilise.com

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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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