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 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.
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