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Phil Hampton Memorial Ride 2019



VENUE: Medstead Village Hall, Roe Downs Road, Medstead, grid ref. SU 659369, postcode GU34 5LG.

START TIME: 09:30 for the 50-mile ride, 10:00 for the 30-mile ride

30 mile route (RideWithGPS website)

50 mile route (RideWithGPS website)

Download Zipped GPS files

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 please email a completed form to Dan at the email address on the entry form and send a minimum donation of £5 via Paypal (use email address and choose “Sending to a friend or family” so we can avoid having to pay Paypal fees.

You can also enter on the day, although pre-entries are much appreciated!

If under 18 a Parental Consent form must be signed and submitted.

Alternatively, post a cheque (payable to D.Montgomerie) with your form to Dan Montgomerie, 23 Tower Street, Alton, Hampshire GU34 1NX.  Route instructions will be emailed to you. To receive printed route instructions in advance please enclose an SAE and indicate which route you would like.

Refreshments are available at the start and finish.  There are also several pubs and cafes along both routes.

Malmesbury Weekend 14th-16th June 2019

I am arranging a weekend away in late June which will include a taste of the Cotswolds again this year (but the southerly part) for the weekend of 14th-16th June 2019. It will be based around Malmesbury, which offers a range of facilities to meet our needs in terms of accommodation etc. 

Sunset over Malmsbury

As usual there will be rides arranged for Friday afternoon 14th as well as all day Saturday 15th (normal 40-miler and faster 60+ miles) and a short ride for the morning of Sunday 16th. 

Some useful links to find accommodation: 

The following link only provides limited information on this occasion: 

Camping for caravans and motorhomes can be found at either: 

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. 

Regards Frank… 

Cycling UK North Hampshire AGM

Our AGM took place recently, and 23 local members attended.  The above photo shows our Chairman Frank presenting Pete with the Mike Wilson Tankard for winning the pace-judging and freewheeling competition.

We were pleased to be able to welcome Julie Rand from Cycling UK head office in Guildford to our AGM.  She gave a very interesting talk on some of the new initiatives that Cycling UK is undertaking towards its aim of getting more people cycling.

The officers elected for the forthcoming year are as follows:

Chairman – Frank Pote

Secretary – Richard Care

Treasurer – Mark Beauchamp

Membership Secretary – Richard Care

Welfare Officer – Kaye Hicks

Website & Publicity Officer – Bob Bending

Alton Rides Co-ordinator – Janice Montgomerie

Basingstoke Right-to-Ride Representative – Heather Rainbow


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