Alton CC Ride: This week's regular Sunday ride coffee stop was the Craft Centre at Seale, between Farnham and Guildford. The roads were wet, it drizzled rain and there were the inevitable punctures so the coffee and cakes were very welcome! Thanks go to Freja for the photo.

AGM: The Annual General Meeting of Alton CC will be held on Monday 17th December at the Rugby Club, Anstey Park. The doors open at 7:30pm and the meeting will start at 8:00pm. There will be a complimentary drink at the bar and hot mince pies. You can see the AGM Agenda here and the 2017 AGM Minutes here. Come along and hear what has been happening during the year and have your say. We will also be providing membership cards for 2019, in return for your subscription payment!.

Hill Climb Championship: Alton CCs hill climb championship was closely contested on Brightstone Lane on Sunday 21st October. Fine Autumn sunshine encourage the largest field for many years as well as an enthusiastic crowd who cheered on the riders as they crossed the finish line. The mens' hill climb champion was Pete Christensen 3m 14.7s. Owen Pattinson was second in 3m 22.5s and Matt Taylor took third place in 3m 28.3s. The ladies' competition was won by  Freja Halliday in 4m 47.0s. Ruth Stratford was second in 4m 56.6s and Becci May was third in 5m 30.4s. Dave Sherwood and Janice Montgomerie took photographs. Click here for Dave's on Google Photo Album and click here for Janice's. Thanks go to Alton CC timekeepers and our pusher-off.

Items for Sale: Mike Hayward is selling various items - have a look at here for more information.

10 Mile Club Championship: The event produced a new name to be inscribed on the Club Silverware - Pete Christensen. Pete is a new member with Alton this year and has improved his 10 mile times frequently in the last couple of months, having previously been a member of Malta's most successful cycling club Mosta CC. Focusing on a single 10 mile distance whilst with Alton has helped Pete break PB after PB, and it was no surprise when he returned a season's best time on the A31 course of 21:17. It was not, however, quick enough to take fastest time on the night, as that honour went to returning visitor and two-time former National 100-Mile Time Trial Champion Richard Prebble, now riding for CC Basingstoke, with his 20:36. Mark Taylor of VC Meudon was second fastest on the night with his 21 minutes dead. Four other Alton jerseys competed for the Championship, with Shaun Blow taking runner-up spot on 23:38, and Keith Parrish taking a very creditable 3rd with his season's best time of 24:22. Charlie Williams took 4th place recording a 24:55, and Gary Hodgson came home in 28:46. Two other Alton riders took part although were ineligible to compete for the Championship, Nigel Bicknell - with the Alton Club as second claim returned a 31:33, and Rob Ditcham, who became a new member only a few days after the event, and set a mark of 24:07 for his debut ride.

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

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.