In 1978, some Alton-based members of the Farnham RC, including Peter and Dorothy Walters, Ron Stent, Eddy Stevens and Les Brill, had a meeting in Dave McLellan’s house, and decided it was time to breathe life back in to Alton Cycling Club. By the early 80’s, membership numbered more than 60. At this time, Ray and Di Wood were very involved in promoting both social and racing activities. Di was Ladies BAR champion for three years running from 1980 through to ’82. Ray is now our club president. Dave McLellan, now a life member, was on the committee for more than 20 consecutive years.
The third and current phase of Alton Cycling Club has seen continued growth over the years, especially after the 2012 London Olympics, and now has around one hundred members. Members today take part in hill climbs, track competitions, audaxes, sportives, Zwift virtual events and cyclocross events as well as regular club rides. Cycling has enjoyed a resurgence of popularity nationwide and Alton Cycling Club today is in as strong a position as it ever has been to promote all types of cycling activities for local cyclists. Recent times have seen our club prosper in terms of membership, social events and organised club rides. Our distinctive club jerseys, which promote both our club and sponsor, are well known at cycling events across the south of England and further afield.