2023 club cycling holiday in Provence

Based on our recent members’ survey, our next club trip overseas will be to Provence in June 2023. We’ve picked a great hotel at which our trip organiser, Darren, has stayed before. For more details, take a look here and to book, complete this online form by 16th October.

2022 Hill Climb competition

Our annual hill climb competition is scheduled to take place on the Brightstone Lane Course on 16th October. It’s an open event, meaning that anyone can come along and enter on the day. Come along and take part by competing or supporting!

Club General Secretary vacancy

Alton Cycling Club has a volunteer committee comprising 5 elected members and 2 co-opted members who are each responsible for specific activities.  We operate in accordance with the Club Constitution and Rules (which can be found in the club handbook).  As a reminder, we have the following members on the committee:

Guy Henshaw                    Chair

David Telford                    General Secretary

Stephen Barton                Treasurer

Becci May                          Publicity Secretary

Demetrius Onoufriou   Racing Secretary

Ruth Stratford                   Welfare Officer

Grace Haughton               Web Manager

We meet four times a year to ensure the smooth running of the club and to deliver specific initiatives and events.  Committee member elections are held at the club’s annual general meeting in December each year.

As mentioned earlier in the year, David Telford will be stepping down from his position at this year’s AGM and we are now looking for candidates to replace him.  The role of General Secretary is critical to the smooth running of the club and involves the administration of the club; liaison with our two affiliated organisations, British Cycling and Cycling Time Trials; organising committee meetings and acting as the main point of contact for Alton CC (see full description here).

On average, the role requires a time commitment of less than 1 hour per week.  Training on the role will be given to the elected candidate to ensure they get up to speed as quickly and easily as possible.

If you are interested or would like to find out more, please contact either David or Guy before the end of October. 

Club skills coaching

Six club members joined our own qualified coach, John Mansfield, for an hour of riding skills coaching in Bordon on Friday 26th August. Assisted by his daughter, Daisy, John ran through a range of exercises designed to improve bike handling and cornering. Two further sessions on 5th and 16th September have been completed. Please let John know if you’d like to join future sessions.

Club kit

Halosports currently has a stock of club kit ready for immediate dispatch. Please order via their website as per the instructions on our club kit page.

Wessex bikepacking trip

Eleven cyclists from Alton Cycling Club – average age: mature – set off from the old mediaeval archery ground The Butts in the town on a three-day tour of Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire … and four of them conquered the tour’s ultimate challenge of Gold Hill, Shaftesbury.

This near vertical, curved and cobbled lane – famous from Ridley Scott’s 1970s Hovis bread advert – was by far the most demanding of the many hills scaled that day, albeit on foot by most of us.

Enjoying wonderful August weather, we routed through Winchester, boarded the Southampton – Hythe ferry, then through the New Forest, braving a head wind and gravel trails – the only mishap being a puncture and broken spoke (fixed in Christchurch the next day).

On a variety of bikes, including a recumbent and an old Belgian Diamant, some laden with camping kit, but most travelling light, we ended the first day with a slap-up dinner at The Woolpack, at Sopley.

The next day started with another ferry ride across the water at Mudeford and over treacherous beach sand that had drifted onto the cycle lane.

We scrupulously navigated Bournemouth’s maze of cycle paths, and then pressed on through lovely Dorset countryside for lunch at Wimborne Minster, with a visit into the Minster, then onwards to Gold Hill …

The second day ended in Salisbury, where we had booked into the Italian Zizzi restaurant that was the scene of the novichok poisoning in 2018 of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.

On day 3, radiating good cheer – and goodness knows what else – we set off home for Alton, with a following wind, and a calorie stop at the Waitrose Estate at Longstock, outside Stockbridge, before arriving home and recovering in the late summer sun.

2022 Inaugural Jim Woods Memorial Ride

The inaugural Jim Woods Memorial Ride took place on Sunday 10th July. The ride was organised by ex-club Treasurer, John Heath in memory of club member Jim Woods who sadly died of a brain tumour in 2020 and who is remembered fondly by many. 60 riders completed the 100km route to Leckford and back, raising an impressive £793.31 for brainstrust. Following the success of this event, it will become a regular fixture with next year’s event planned for 9th July 2023.

More can be found about brainstrust here