Alton CC on Tour: Club members have just returned from a ten day cycling break in France. The tour started with a ride down to Portsmouth to catch the ferry to St Malo. The next two days saw 300km covered to reach the Gatine Hills near Parthenay in the Deux Sevres Department for the destination Gite. The photo shows a boulevard lunch stop on a glorious 80k round trip down to Niort - the administrative centre of the department.

Owen wins Round 1 of National MTB series: Alton CC's sponsor, Owen Pattinson has triumphed in round one of the HSBC UK National Mountain Bike Cross Country Series (Grand Veteran age 50-59 category), gaining 150 national ranking points. The UK National Cross Country Series kicked off on an almost brand new circuit in Pembrey Country Park near Llanelli in South Wales. On a 7.6 kilometre circuit with all new technical sections and over 100 metres of climbing per lap, this course would prove a worthy test for any competitor. When not running Owen's Cycles Owen is a fierce competitor in the world of mountain bike cross country and has set his sights this year, with some appropriately intensive training on top of significant talent and experience gained over the years, on making his mark on the national (or even international) stage in his age category. Owen found himself in joint third position after the first lap of the three lap race, alongside unattached Jimmy Piper, both of them chasing second placed Rick Fetherston of WDMBC/Specialized Ruislip, and 11 seconds behind the field leader Mark Chadbourne of Weber Creative Interiors, but Owen proved the strongest on the second and third laps by holding off the rest of the field and overtaking his rivals, finally pipping Mark to the third lap finish line by just over 40 seconds, recording an average speed of over 14.5 miles per hour! Owen plans to ride all of the 2017 National Series events with next at Wasing Park, Reading, on the 23rd April and then hopefully to compete in the World Masters event in Andorra in June.

2017 Time Trial Season: Alton CC's regular Thursday evening time trials are in full swing. Entry is on the line, no need to pre-enter and the first rider starts at 7:00pm. Whether you're a seasoned Time Trialist or just want to come and try the sport for the first time you're welcome. The course details are here - we ask that all riders were a hard shell helmet and a high visibility rear light to help keep you safe. If you'd like any more information please use the contact page.

Track Championship: Track Championship Results: Alton CC cyclists competed over two rounds and four disciplines in the annual Track Championship. This year Chris Clarke was first with 6 points, Mike Hayward, second with 13 points and Nigel Hicks was third with 14½ points. Points were scored as 1 for a win, 2 for second place and so on. You can read the full report here. Our photo shows Chris, enjoying the sunshine and a café stop on one of our Sunday rides.

Club Newsletter: Alton CC's club newsletter has now been published and can be read or downloaded here. Thanks to all our members who contributed material to Jim - please keep these coming since without them we'd just have blank pages!

Club handbook: The latest edition is available here. There's lots of useful information about the club, cycling and our record holders and championship winners going back to 1936!

Join Alton CC: Currently club subscriptions are £10 per annum with a £10 application fee on joining. You can join Alton Cycling Club online: see the Membership page for details. Membership forms are also available from Caroline Brodie (see contacts page for details) or can be printed off from the Membership page.

Our cycling club is sponsored by Owens Cycles who maintain a stock of club kit at their Four Marks Store. Club members enjoy a 10% discount on all purchases from Owens Cycles.

Events: We promote two open events, a hilly 50km and a 25mile time trial, as well as a series of evening club time trials for club members and other riders. Club members compete in time trials and in road races organised by the LVRC and British Cycling.

Regular Rides: Alton CC organises club, mid-paced and faster rides going from Alton Butts on Sunday mornings - click on the "Alton CC Rides" tab for details. There are 20 mile summer evening rides on club nights at a slower pace. These start from the Anstey Park Rugby car park at 6:30pm and return by 8:00pm. There are also faster Monday evening rides leaving Owen's shop in Four Marks at 6:30pm and finishing by 8:00pm. Guidance for junior riders is available here.

For social and club riding we always support CTC North Hampshire with whom we have close ties. They organise rides for most weekends of the year with social rides going from Alton Community Centre on Saturdays. Details of all CTC rides and leader contact details can be found on their web site.

Alton CC club nights are usually held on the first and third Mondays of each month starting at 7:30pm at the Rugby Club Pavilion, Anstey Park, Alton. Check the "Club Nights" tab on this page for dates. Everyone is welcome! We also hold a BBQ and an annual Dinner and Prize Presentation.

Active Alton: The Active Alton campaign aims to champion sport and physical activity to the Alton community and this includes activities offered by local clubs as well as other projects. There are updates online via Facebook and Twitter or click on this Alton Town Council website page for more information.