Evening 10 League Champion - Charlie Williams: The final event of Alton CC's 2018 evening time trials season on the A31 H10/8 course was the last opportunity for riders to scrap for places in the Alton CC Handicap league table. Heading into this final event had leader and junior rider Hamish Kuperus on 37 points, just one point ahead of 2016 Summer Handicap League Title winner Charlie Williams, but Hamish didn't compete this week, and so left the door open for Charlie Williams to score 3 points with his 25:03 time and retake the title for 2018! Last year's title winner Iain Cotton recorded a 23:51; Shaun Blow was not far behind on 24:09, and Gary Hodgson rounded off the home jersey group with his 28:52.

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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.

 Mike's 100 Miler: Alton CC's annual 100 mile ride took place on Sunday 24th July. A group of twenty riders started at 8:00am and enjoyed brilliant sunshine. The Coombe Gibbet climb proved to be a surprisingly hard challenge, especially for first time 100 mile riders. Our thanks to Mike and Rosie who hosted a really enjoyable BBQ afterwards.

Alton CC 10 Mile Open: Warm sunny conditions prevailed for the Alton Cycling Club/Owens Cycles' Annual Open 10 mile Time Trial event  which incorporated the Wessex Veterans Time Trial Championship on the H10/8 course. Some of the 64 riders who had registered mentioned some variable side winds on the return leg. However for the most part, the conditions were very favourable for fast times. Chris Loake of West Byfleet based Pure Motion Cycles certainly found the conditions to his liking, recording a personal best and taking the top prize in the solo men's category with his 19:33. Antony Green of New Forest CC was only 3 seconds off his PB pace to take second place in the men's category with his 20:10, and Kevin Baker of Andover Wheelers filled the third podium spot with his 20:51. The Women's top spot was won by Joy Payne of Amersham Road Cycling Club with her 25:31. The Wessex VTTA championship award results for Fastest Time on Standard were as follows - First: Antony Green (New Forest CC) - 20:10, +6.49, Second: Nigel Sign (Fareham Wheelers) - 22:00, +5.44, Third: Richard Williams (Farnham RC) - 24:17, +5.36. The team prize went to Farnham Road Club's trio of Huw Lloyd, Richard Williams and Greg Harding. Thanks are due to Alton's Charlie Williams for organising the event with help from club members and timekeeping officials from a3crg.

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 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.