Membership Renewal: It's the start of a new year and if you haven't already paid your membership fees for 2017 they are now due. You can pay via Paypal (see membership page) or direct to the Treasurer: John Heath. 11 Princess Drive, Alton, GU34 1Q.
Bike Maintenance Workshop: Cycling UK, represented by Hampshire Cycling Development Officer Susan Keywood, have organised a Bike Maintenance Workshop in Alton, at the Community Centre, between 10 am and 1 pm on Saturday March 25th. As this is primarily aimed at families (i.e. parents and children), with an emphasis on providing basic maintenance skills, many of you in the club will possibly already be competent in the skills involved. But if you have friends and family who would gain in confidence to ride their bikes, just by knowing how to address bike maintenance basics, then this will be right up their street!. Please do share this notice with anyone you think might be interested.
Alton CC Dinner: When short dark days limit the ambition of many cyclists, there was plenty of enjoyment and optimism a couple of weeks back at Alton CC/Owens Cycles Annual Dinner and Awards Evening, held at Alton Rugby Club. More than 50 diners enjoyed a sumptuous 4 course meal beautifully prepared and served by caterer Rita Legg and her team. Mike Hayward, club chairman, hosted the presentation of 2016 annual awards, where Shaun Blow emerged as Alton's most prolific rider of the year, taking both 10 and 25 mile TimeTrial Club Champ titles, the Ron Stent Memorial Shield, the Club Events Championship and the Short Distance BAR. Steve Newton featured strongly, taking the George May Memorial Trophy and the Eureka Trophy. Much absent for the year, Rick Froud took the Vets 10 Mile TT Trophy and 50 Mile TT Trophy. Charlie Williams took the Hill Climb championship trophy for the first time, as well as the 10 Mile League Cup, and his wife Sarah Williams won the popular vote by being awarded "Club Member of the Year". Mike was more than ably assisted during the trophy presentation by guest of honour for the evening - writer, humourist and intrepid bike adventurist, Tim Moore.
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 mid-paced and faster rides going from Alton Butts on Sunday mornings - click on the "Alton CC Rides" tab for details. There are 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.