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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 (

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.

Ron Liptrot’s bikes

I am disposing of my Father’s effects after his death in June this year. Ron Liptrot was an active member, as you will know. He had four bikes which I would dearly like to adopt, but alas I live in a flat and have no space for them. So I will try and sell them. Two now remain.

Here are the details:

  1. Principia Rex – frame bought in 2000 by me and used maybe 5 times before I left to live abroad. It was rebuilt in 2012 (I think) with an Ultegra 10 speed groupset. Rims are open Pro.
  2. Roberts built tourer in FW Evan logo. Built with Chorus 8 speed group.  Rims Matrix.

All bikes are in working order. The Principia is as-new. The Raleigh is tatty and dirty. The Evans shows signs of use. The Land Rover will be of interest to boating enthusiasts as they can use it to anchor most craft. If you knew my Father you would know that under the grease and dirt is a perfectly working bike which will never, ever see corrosion.

I will ask for 250 quid for the Principia and 150 for the Evans.

We also have a garage full of bits and pieces, pumps, tools and so-on, and if anyone is interested I can let them nose around when I am next in the UK (early next month, I hope) and see if any of it is of use to them. Everything can be seen in Four Marks.

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


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

Good home wanted…

I am trying to find a home for a cycle trailer.  It was made by an engineering student many years ago.  It is located here in Andover and as a CTC member thought that a member might give it a good home.  We are not talking money, but don’t want it scrapped!

Email for details

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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

Cycle Basingstoke

PrintCycle Basingstoke is a new cycle campaign group. CTC members and anyone who supports cycling is welcome to Cycle Basingstoke. You can be a supporter, a volunteer or just have your say at our monthly campaign meetings.

Keep up-to-date with Cycle Basingstoke developments and read more about it on the dedicated page.

Shopping and Social Cycling Group

For beginners, returners, mums and old blokes.

On Friday mornings, a small group ride from Fleet, for about 45 minutes at a pace of the slowest, either to:

  1. Hartley Wintney W.I. weekly sale of cakes, jams, fruit etc.
  2. Froyle Village Hall
  3. Odiham Village Weekly Market

For coffee, tea, cake or biscuits (as available), then a 45 minute return ride. Slow and easy!

Start 9.30 and back by midday. Meeting and finish at 127 Crookham Road, Fleet. GU51 5SA. Junction with Coxheath Road (close to canal bridge).

Any bicycle, no fancy clothing, long pants and trouser clips. Ladies get bonus points for handlebar cane shopping baskets!  You can do it! we promise.

Details from: Jack; Fleet 01252 612565 or Dave; Odiham 01256 704493