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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.  Their remit is to defend the rights of cyclists in order to make cycling accessible and enjoyable.

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 (click on the figures for a link to a map), 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 and send a minimum donation of £5 via Paypal.  When making your Paypal payment the address to enter is (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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Weekend Away in the Cotswolds 22nd-24th June 2018

Frank is 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 22nd – 24th June 2018. It will be based around Malmesbury, which offers a range of facilities to meet our needs in terms of accommodation etc.

As usual there will be rides arranged for Friday afternoon 22nd as well as all day Saturday 23rd (normal and faster paced) and for the morning of Sunday 24th.

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:

We look forward to seeing as many of you that can make it, for what will hopefully be a ‘cycling filled’ weekend!  Please let Frank know if you’re going so he can plan for numbers.  Thanks!

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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 20th April 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:

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

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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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