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

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

 

Mouscron 2016 – 2nd October 2016

Further to the article in Chain Line I am now trying to capture interest in this year's Mouscron trip.

This year I am going to try something a little different – increasing the number of nights so that we can have a longer full day ride on the Saturday. I recognize that not everyone might be able to take Friday off so I am thinking of three possible travel times:

• Morning Friday 30th September '16

• Evening Friday 30th September '16

• Morning Saturday 1st October '16

Please note that these times will be dependent on having enough drivers/cars to cover these slots.

If you are interested in coming to Mouscron can you let me know the following:

1. Which of the above travel times would you like to join.

2. Would you be able to drive your own car.

3. Whether you would prefer a single room or would be willing to share.

Please could you let me know by Sunday 24th July. Happy to answer any questions by email on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Mike Carr Social Groups' Downhill Trophy - July 10th 2016

Philip van der Veen wins the first Horsham Cycling trophy of the season as he powers downhill to victory, his seventh win in the event in eight years.

Fiona Ordidge is the furthest lady.

The rain may have reduced the entry numbers but it didn't dampen the enthusiasm or fun for the seven members and one guest who turned out for the 10th running of this event.

Once again Honeybridge Lane near Dial Post was the road used. Peter Delve explained the rules of the competition, displayed the trophy on offer to the winner and distributed energy bars donated by Zoot Foods (www.zootfoods.com).

A chalk line was drawn on the crest of the hill, riders setting off at one minute intervals under the timekeeping of Colin Ferry. The formula was as previously, one half turn of the pedals to get going and then honour bound to just freewheel down, coming to a rest at the slight rise just under a mile from the start, where another line was drawn by Peter and Stewart Forbes.

All eight riders successfully launched themselves down the hill and we enjoyed watching the riders squeeze every last drop of momentum from their bikes.

There was a delay in announcing the results and presenting the trophy as we watched a lengthy standoff between a horse box driver and a white van driver twenty yards further up the lane. Once resolved and bikes safely guarded from any damage by the reversing vehicle, Peter announced the results and former chairman Mike Carr, twice a winner of this event, presented the trophy to Philip.

Stan's Bike Shack at Partridge Green was the venue for post event coffee, cake and analysis of the proceedings.

Well done to everyone taking part.

Thanks to Peter, Colin and Stewart for their assistance in running this event and Mike for presenting the trophy.

All the photos will be on the website later in the week.

Full results:

1 Philip van der Veen

2 Ray Watson at 2metres

3 Ian Holder at 13m

4 Colin Ward at 3m

5 Malcolm Curtis at 4m

6 Fiona Ordidge at 6m and furthest lady

7 Debbie Goodenough at 3m

8 guest Debbie Hayhurst at 1m

 

Horsham Cycling Kit now available from The Cycle Room, Horsham

We are very pleased to announce, that with immediate effect The Cycle Room in East Street will hold and sell our kit.

The Cycle Room will offer:

  • Payment by credit and debit cards and of course cash.
  • Checking availability before going to the store.
  • Fitting rooms
  • Web site: Shop - The Cycle Room

We are looking forward to fostering our relationship with Lewis, Adam and Roger at The Cycle Room and trust that you will enjoy meeting them and the level of service they provide.

Please remember to take your HC Membership Card.

For further information, please click here.

John Chaplin

 

Ride Leader Training

Some of you will be aware that we have been looking into providing some training/guidance for our ride leaders. We are conscious that members volunteer for this role and we believe HC could do more for you in helping you in this role.

Philip van der Veen and myself have met with a qualified CTC Trainer and he will be leading a small friendly workshop on Saturday morning 5 March at the The Holbrook for up to 15 of our ride leaders. I would emphasise that this is not about taking on more responsibilities but very much an interactive session to help you run the rides with the outcome of providing you with practical hints and tips.

Philip will be asking our ride co-ordinators for names of ride leaders who would like to attend so please look out for this request and do try to come along. We will see how it goes with a view to running another session later in the year.

John Chaplin

 

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