Phil Hampton Memorial Ride, 19 March

letter from Dan Montgomerie:
Phil Hampton photo

I would like to let you know about this year’s Phil Hampton Memorial Ride since you may have ridden this event in the past.  This will be the fourteenth consecutive year we have organised this ride to commemorate the life of Phil Hampton, who was tragically killed while cycling in 2002

This year it is on Saturday 19th March 2016, starting at 10am from Medstead Village Hall (grid reference SU659369).  As usual, all funds raised by the event will be sent to the charity The Cyclists’ Defence Fund which works to raise awareness of the law relating to cycling.

There is a choice of 30 or 50 miles, and the routes are the same as last year.  There will be refreshments available at the start and finish.  Please see the attached entry form for more details, including how to enter.  Information about entering is also on the North Hampshire CTC website  Pre-entries would be much appreciated so we may better estimate numbers for catering.


Dan Montgomerie

Entry Form

More Tales from 16 December

Bob Mcleod writes….Bob McLeod


I’m feeling a little guilty about abandoning the group 3 ride today. It looks as though I only started riding with them so that I could enjoy last week’s excellent Christmas dinner at the Scarlet Arms. Not true. Neither was it just because Pat was leading dressed up as a reindeer.

The truth is very simple. I was enticed by the offer of Apple Crumble at the Crossways Inn at Churt, plus the added inducement of being towed home, almost to my door, by that excellent leader John Murdoch. (This is not to assume that there are not equally good leaders with group 3 but so far they have never offered their rear wheel and towed me home.)

As to the photo. I shot ahead, being familiar with the opportunities this ford on the road past Little Frensham offers for a sometimes dramatic picture. It can be a very tricky crossing, as many of you, including our leader, know. Often riders dismount to take the bridge in order to stay dry, only to be thrown into the stream having slipped on the greasy planking. Sadly no such incident occurred today. Another common incident is for a rider to run out of speed having removed his feet from the pedals and then not being quite able to clear the stream, dismounts into the water. This happened to one unnamed individual today but due to my ineptitude I had failed to get the camera ready in time.

I offer my apologies for the photo of Don looking triumphant having foiled my attempt at getting an interesting action shot.


Nick Higgin

Many of those who attended the New Year’s Day gathering yesterday (and there was a really good crowd I am pleased to say) will have known that there was an unfortunate incident on the ride from Mayford Green that day.  There was a very low speed collision, but it resulted in Nick Higgin falling to the ground before he was able to unclip.  He was taken to the Royal Surrey, where it was discovered that he had fractured his femur.  They were able to operate the same day, and I am pleased to report that he is well and already looking forward to the time when he can be back on his bike.  I am sure that we all wish him well for a speedy recovery.
My thanks to all those who helped at the scene, and particularly Roger Philo and Phil Hamilton, who have also visited Nick in hospital and have each been able to provide some first hand experience of what recovery entails as well, no doubt, as a great deal of empathy.