Alton CC Hilly 24: Officials and Alton CC riders tried out the new H24/9 hilly 24 mile course in Spring sunshine. The course runs from West Meon Hut through Monkwood, Ropley and round Alresford to return via the A272. The challenging course gave four riders the opportunity to test their early season fitness. Times recorded were  Iain Cotton 1.05.45, Keith Parrish 1.12.37, Ian Austin 1.14.45 and Gary Hodgson 1.27.28. Thanks go to Alan Jacob who was the starter with Eddie Stevens pushing off and Jim Woods marshalling. Alton CC hopes to promote an Open Time Trial event on this course in 2019.

2018 Phil Hampton Ride: The annual Phil Hampton Memorial Ride attracted over 100 riders. Dan Montgomerie said it was one the best turnouts raising funds for the Cyclists’ Defence Fund, a charity set up to fight legal cases involving cyclists but which now covers all aspects of cycling and the law. A large contingent of Alton CC members supported the event.

2018 Strava Segment Challenge: For the second year, Alton CC is hosting a friendly challenge amongst club members entitled the ‘Alton CC segment of the month challenge’. This is a chance for you to race against other club members over local Strava segments chosen by you. To take part you need to have a Strava account, join Alton CC on Strava and have Alton CC as your first claim club. Then each month all you need to do is check the segment details and ride the segment. Your time will be automatically recorded by Strava and loaded onto the challenge site when you sync your device You can ride the segment as many times as you like during the month Results will be recorded separately for men and women and a points system used over the 10 months of the challenge to establish the overall leaders in GC, sprint and KOM/QOM. To use Strava, you need either a GPS cycling computer or a smartphone with the Strava app installed. Details of the challenge and the segments can be found here

Track Championship: The joint winners of the 2018 Alton CC track championship are Chris Clarke and Iain Cotton. Third place goes to James Goodwyn. Click here to see the full results.

Club Dinner: Shrugging off the winter weather, there was plenty to enjoy on Friday evening at Alton CC/Owens Cycles' Annual Dinner and Awards Evening, held at Alton Rugby Club. Almost 50 diners enjoyed a sumptuous four course meal beautifully prepared and served by local caterer Rita Legg and her team, and complemented by the services of the Rugby Club bar team. Mike Hayward, club chairman, assisted by committee member and dinner organiser Alan Jacob, and Guest of Honour Alan Murchison, hosted the presentation of the 2017 annual awards, where ex-member, but absentee on the evening, Ricky Froud took many of the top honours.

Rick, who has enjoyed a succession of great seasons over the last few years with the Alton Club, has now moved on with his job to pastures new up in the Liverpool area, but he had very much wanted to 'leave his mark' before he did so. And this he did in spades, taking the both 10 and 25 mile Time Trial Club Champ titles and the Vets 10 mile Time Trial Trophy. But it was 2017 new member Iain Cotton, in his first full season with the club, who merited the remainder of the other main titles and runnner up trophies. Iain, after a lay off of 20 years or so from competitive riding, found the form he had experienced in his teenage years, to win the Club Events Championship, the Short Distance BAR, and the 10 Mile League Cup, as well as taking runner-up behind Rick in 2 events. Not to be outdone, Shaun Blow managed a haul of 6 second and third place medals. Both absent on the night, junior Hamish Kuperus took the Hill Climb Championship, and Chris Clarke the Track Championship for 2016/17. Jim Woods was highly delighted to receive the popular vote award of "Club Member of the Year".

After dinner, it was Guest of Honour Alan Murchison, invited together with partner Vicky Gill, who entertained and educated the audience with his insights into nutrition for athletic performance. A renowned Michelin-starred chef and former restaurateur, Alan now focuses his life around his other passions, of elite level cycling and running, and the nutritional aspects of both. Alan ran for Scotland in his early athletic career, but has gone on to win European and World AG Duathlon titles, and he figures among a very small number of athletes who have run a sub 30 minute 10 kilometre and ridden a sub 20 minute 10 mile time trial. His partner Vicky is a professional triathlete, and the Winchester-based pair both regularly take part in Alton CC/Owens Cycles' evening time trial events, very often carrying off fastest times of the evening. They were delighted therefore to accept an invitation to guest at the Club Dinner, and, given the focus of media attention on the dangers of "junk and processed food" right now, Alan provided some fascinating and thought-provoking insights into what foods provide the optimum fuel for calorie-burning endurance and racing cyclists.

Click here to see more photos from the evening.

2018 Membership Renewals: Membership subscriptions are now due for 2018. You can pay online by following this link.

2017 AGM: Alton CC's Annual General Meeting was held on 18 December at the Rugby Club pavilion, Anstey Park. Committee members reported on club activities. Ian Austin retired as Racing Secretary and Ian Cotton took on the job. There were lively discussions about time trialling, cyclo-cross and encouraging youth activities. You can click on this link to see the minutes of the AGM.

Please Support Fay: Alton Cycling Club member Fay Bostock is in training at the moment for the London Marathon in April which she is running on behalf of Enham Trust. Enham Trust works with over 8,500 disabled and disadvantaged people every year, supporting them in the cornerstone areas of their lives: housing, care, work and skills development. Over the course of nearly 100 years, since they were founded after World War I, they have helped over 250,000 disabled people to live the lives they choose, as independently as possible. Please click this link to find out more and sponsor Fay.

Club Newsletter: Alton CC's May 2017 newsletter has 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 12.50 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 Andy Watson (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.

Newsletters: Alton CC publishes occasional newsletters. Here are the links to newsletters from 2011, 2015 and 2017.