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rides from alton

Autumn colour near Four Marks

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.

Some of the Thursday morning group at Petersfield

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.

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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.

Pace-Judging & Freewheeling competition results

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.

Bike ride in memory of Malcolm

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.