Welcome to Horsham Cycling

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Our club is welcoming to all types of rider, from leisure cyclist to competitive racer. Seven groups meet at the Carfax every Sunday morning, each with different speeds and distances in mind.

Horsham is surrounded by fantastic Sussex countryside and quiet roads. The club is a great way of discovering new routes, making friends and perhaps opening yourself to new cycling challenges.

You can join us for a ride or two without being a member, why not give us a try? See the rides page for more details.

Our 2016 Season

In addition to regular Sunday rides we have many other events for members to enjoy:

Indoor cycling with Sabina January - April Winchester weekend 22-24 April
20 Time Trials April - October Annual post-ride lunch 12th June
Dunwich Dynamo 16/17 July Social Groups' Downhill challenge 10th July
Isle of Wight weekend 23-25 September Belgium weekend 1-2 October 
Hill Climb 9th October General Meeting November
Christmas Dinner and Awards 8th December Reliability Trials Spring / Autumn / Winter
Regular Pub Night All year

Club Pub Night - The Black Jug Tuesday 13th December

The next Club pub night is at the Black Jug on the above date from 8.30pm onwards. Meet up with your Club mates and chat about rides and everything cycling.

It's the ideal opportunity for our newer members to meet others in the Club.

Stewart Forbes

 

Winter Reliability Trial Report

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Since the middle of the week we had been on weather watch for Reliability Trial rides as a low depression "Storm Angus" was developing out in the Atlantic. As it turned out the worst of the storm hit overnight into Sunday morning, but luckily the worst of the weather had cleared in time for the event which resulted in 28 riders participating.

Riders started rolling into the Forest Youth Wing around 8.50am looking to sign on for the Newhaven ride, of which Tony Brown (HC) took part along with three guests from the Crawley Wheelers. They all opted for the 4 ½ hour time standard and make it back 10 minutes early! (with time to spare for coffee in Newhaven)

We had 12 members opting for the Shoreham ride all choosing the 3 ¼ hour time standard with the majority making it back within the time despite the harder than usual riding conditions.

Finally, we had three fast guys choosing the Cranleigh 2 hour ride who made it back within 5 minutes of the time, without stopping for a tea/coffee.

The social riders selected the 3 hour ride which gave them sufficient time for a restful break at the Notts Garden Centre.

All enjoyed socialising with their Club mates over hot drinks and delicious home baking back at the HQ.

Thanks to all that help back at the you wing. In particular, Malcolm Curtis for time keeping, Cliff Baker, registration, John Fry & Dave Scott with the washing up. Ali Bruce for assisting me with tidying and locking up.

A very special thanks to our home bakers, Stewart Salt, Martine Burke, and Tony Banbury.

The next RT is on Sunday 15th January 2017 with rides to Hindhead and Washington.

Stewart Forbes 

Competitions Secretary

 

Autumn Reliability Trial Report

Many of us had been watching the weather forecast for the last few days hoping for fine weather today. Unfortunately there was heavy rain from about 7am and as a result numbers were much lower than usual with 20 riders turning up for today's rides.

By the time that the first group of riders were set off just after 9, the rain had stopped and the weather was starting to clear. We had a total of twenty riders take part this morning made up of 13 Horsham Cycling, 3 Crawley Wheelers and 4 guests.

Below shows the numbers in each ride:-

Goodwood Gallop - 5 riders

Wealden Challenge - 7 riders

Washbrook Ride - 8 riders

The riders enjoyed hot drinks and home baking made by members at the Youth Wing after the rides.Thanks to the following members who help make the event a success:

Registration - Malcolm Curtis

Time Keeping - Colin Ferry

Washing & Tidying up - Sabina Hickmet

Home Baking - Ali Bruce, Stewart Salt, Loraine Barratt, Fiona Ordridge, Martine Burke and Ray Watson

Thanks to checkers at Washbrooks - Dave Manders and Luke Sparkes

Also, it was good to see Jon Fry and Sabina drop in for chat and coffee and cake. If the weather is poor next time some of you could do the same. You would be made very welcome.

The Next RT will be on Sunday 20th November 2016

Stewart Forbes

 

Saturday Morning Club Ride

The Saturday Ride is now an official regular weekly Club ride. (approved by the committee recently)
The only exception is that there will be no ride over the three winter months, December, January & February.

We meet at 8.30 am outside the Conservatory Café in Horsham Park for an ride of up to two hours at an average speed of 15.5 -16.5mph.

Stewart Forbes

Saturday Ride Coordinator

 

Dunwich Dynamo Report 2016

This year the weather was excellent for the ride, the best for a few years.

We had a total of 13 riders take part this year, with 8 from our Club and 4 guests from Cranleigh CC and 1 Crawley Wheeler. Unfortunately 5 riders had to pull out this year for various reasons.

The official stop this year was the Fire Station in Sudbury (60miles into the ride) who put on an excellent BBQ with plenty of tables and chairs to accommodate the riders. The temperature on the ride did not dip below 16C and it was a fairly clear night with an almost full moon helping to light up the roads for most of the ride

There were an number of other refreshment stops along the way after Sudbury.

We did split up into about 3 groups the fast boys averaging about 18mph over the 112 mile ride. I was in the slower group taking in the atmosphere of the ride with an average of about 16mph.

Many thanks for Peter David and Ian Phillips for driving the mini bus and bike van. You can ride more about the ride in the next issue of Chain Line.

Stewart Forbes

 

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