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Phil Hampton Memorial Ride – A Thank You

A very big “thank you” to all the cyclists who entered this year’s Phil Hampton Memorial Ride.  Fifty-three of you together donated the magnificent sum of £607.00 which has been sent to the Cyclists’ Defence Fund via JustGiving.  The donation is displayed on the JustGiving website:

We are very grateful to those who still donated even after the ride had been cancelled with only five days’ notice.  It was very disappointing that it wasn’t able to go ahead this year but outside events overtook us in the end.  The sum raised was less this year but it was still an amazing effort, for which we thank you all. 

We hope to see you for next year’s event if not before, and details of that will be emailed out nearer the time.  Thank you all again for your generosity towards this very worthwhile cause. 

Keep safe, and keep cycling! (alone, obviously)

Coronavirus: Cycling UK updates cycling advice following tough new Government measures

The following paragraphs are from the Cycling UK website and contain advice on cycling within the latest restrictions. Cycling is still allowed, but if you are unsure whether it is safe for you to cycle, please check here:

Cycling UK is advising the cancellation of all group rides and activities following the latest Government guidance and is urging everyone to follow best practice to minimise risk.

Latest update 23 March 2020

Following the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s address to the nation announcing strict new curbs on life in the UK, Cycling UK has updated its advice on cycling.

Although people are now being told to stay at home during the pandemic, one form of exercise is allowed a day.

This means it remains advisable for people to cycle for their health, fitness and well-being, but in line with our previous guidance, you should only do this alone or with members of your household unless any of them have reason to self-isolate.

Under no circumstance should you cycle or take part in any cycling activity in groups. This is critical to stop the coronavirus disease spreading between households.

We are also advising that anyone who needs to travel to work if it’s absolutely necessary should consider cycling, and avoid using public transport where possible.

Cycling should also be considered as the best means of transport when doing essential shopping for food or medicines.

The guidance for avoiding contamination remains unchanged, keeping at least two metres away from anyone else, regularly washing your hands and catching coughs and sneezes in tissues and throwing them away immediately. See further advice on the NHS website.

Cycling UK will continue to evaluate the latest advice from Government and update our guidance accordingly.

Advice for Cycling UK groups and volunteers

Following renewed advice from the Government, Cycling UK is advising that cyclists should not take part in club runs or any group activity until further notice.

In light of the latest Government advice on COVID-19, and guidance on social distancing designed to reduce the risk of spreading infection, cover provided under the Organiser’s Liability insurance could potentially be invalid if a club or affiliated group decides to go against the advice issued by Cycling UK and arranges a group ride.

For individual cyclist’s the Third Party Liability insurance included within membership will protect a member of the public against the risk of a cycling related incident involving an insured member.

However, people should not avoid cycling altogether as it remains a great way to keep fit and active and is a good way to boost immunity.

This advice was issued on 23rd March 2020 and will be reviewed by the Government in three weeks time.

weekend away in cheddar

The spectacular scenery of the Cheddar Gorge


Frank is arranging a weekend away in late June which will include a taste of both Cheddar Gorge and the Mendip Hills this year. It is for the weekend of 19th – 21st June 2020 and will be based around Cheddar in Somerset, which offers a range of facilities to meet our needs in terms of accommodation, evening entertainment etc. 

As usual there will be rides arranged for Friday afternoon 19th (~25 miles) as well as all day Saturday 20th (normal (~40 miles) and faster paced (~65 miles)) and for the morning of Sunday 21st.

Please note both of the Saturday rides will include an ascent of the Gorge from  the Cheddar side. 

Some useful links to find accommodation:
Camping including 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! 

Cycling uk north hampshire agm

Janice receiving her certificate from Frank

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 overcome this.

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 maintenance sessions.

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.