Welcome to Horsham Cycling


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 2018 Season

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

Eastbourne weekend April 20 Time Trials April - October
Road Racing Summer seaon Annual post-ride lunch June
Dunwich Dynamo 28-29 July Social Groups' Downhill challenge July
Inter-club TT September Isle of Wight weekend 21-23 September
Belgium weekend October Hill Climb October
General Meeting November Christmas Dinner and Awards December
Reliability Trials Spring / Autumn / Winter Regular Pub Night All year

Hindhead & Washington Reliability Trial Report for Sun 21st Jan 18

Many of us have been watching the weather forecast for the last few days hoping it would change but unfortunately the forecasters were correct resulting in a cold wet morning with sleet and rain. This did not deter the 24 hardy riders arriving at the Forest School youth wing in full winter kit today's rides. They were made up of 19 members from our Club and 5 Crawley Wheelers.

The Hindhead consisted of two groups, 4 riders opting the 4½ hour time standard and 8 riders for 4 hours. Unfortunately news came back to us the National Trust Café at Hindhead was closed for refurbishment and the riders

had to make do with hot drinks served from a temporary trailer. At least they did not hang about too long to become cold.

The shorter Washington ride attracted the other 12 riders, 11 opting for 3 hour and 1 for 3½ hour standard, All made it back within the chosen time. At Washington Village Hall refreshments were provided by the Brighton Excelsior Cycling Club where live entertainment was laid on by Morris dancers!

As usual the riders enjoyed refreshments and home baking in the warmth of the youth wing on their return.

Thanks to Colin Ferry for timing the event, to Ali Bruce for serving the Teas & Coffees and the for washing up at the end. Finally to all that baked and supplied the scrumptious cakes.

The next RT is on Sunday 25th March 18 with rides to the Ashdown Forest and Pulborough.

Stewart Forbes

Competitions Secretary


Hindhead & Washington Reliability Trial Sunday 21st January 2018

Our first event of 2018, as usual from the Youth Wing, The Forest School, Compton's Lane, Horsham RH13 5NT.

Hindhead Ride (approx 56 miles) commencing 09:00am. Time standards: 3.5, 4, 4.5 hours

Washington Ride (approx 34miles) commencing 9:30am. Time standards: 2.5, 3, and 3.5 hours

The rides on this event are self-navigation (decide your own route). Hall open from 8.20am. Refreshments at finish.

This event replaces all our regular Sunday Rides.

Guests are welcome

The Washington check point is the Village Hall in School Lane, where refreshments will be available from the Brighton Excelsior CC who are hosting elevenses for local clubs.

The Hindhead check point is the National Trust cafe near Devil's Punch Bowl

Stewart Forbes



Committee Meeting - Thursday 11 Jan 2018

The next Club committee meeting will be held on Thursday 11 January 2018

If any members have a matter they would like discussed, please email Dave Scott by 6 Jan (see Member Directory for contact details).


Road Racing Update

Last week we had the good news that Horsham Cycling is now affiliated to the Surrey League. This will allow any member of Horsham Cycling to race in any Surrey League road race.

As part of this affiliation Horsham Cycling will need to host two events on behalf of the Surrey League. These events are on:

• 7pm 11th May '18 – Dunsfold Aerodrome

• 7pm 13th June '18 – Dunsfold Aerodrome

Please let me know if you will be able to volunteer for any of these events.

Racing in a Surrey League event

To race in a road race event you must have the following as a minimum

• British Cycling silver membership

• 4th category road race licence from British Cycling – this is separate to the licence you get as part of your BC membership

• Standard road bike – disc brakes are now acceptable

Have a look at the British Cycling website or Youtube about how to get into road racing – there are some really useful videos that give a good taste for preparing to road race.

In addition, to race in a Surrey League event you will need to have attended/passed two novice race days hosted by the Surrey League. Upcoming dates for these events are:

30th December 2017

13th January 2018

20th January 2018

27th January 2018

Further information on these events can be found at:


Racing non-Surrey League events

You can still race at other events hosted under British Cycling rules without attending the Surrey League novice race days. There are a number of winter race series that go on during January, February and March which you may wish to 'dip your toe in' before the Surrey League events start. A list of these events can be found on the British Cycling website at the Events Search Tool.


Please do not hesitate to contact me  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you have any further questions, I'm happy to advise as best I can.

Steve Strickland


Winter Reliability Trial Report November 2017

A cold November morning did not deter the 51 riders that turned out for today's event made up of 44 from our own Club, 2 Crawley Wheelers, 2 Cycle Room, 1 Dorking CC and two guests.

This time we introduced a new registration system where the riders filled out their own RT card which speeded up the process greatly.

We had three rides as usual, the longest to Newhaven, the middle ride to Shoreham Airport, a favourite for many, and the short Cranleigh ride. Newhaven attracted 12 riders, Shoreham the most popular with 35 riders and 4 opting for the shorter ride to Cranleigh.

Eight members supplied home baking for the event which was enjoyed post ride with hot drinks. There was a great friendly atmosphere back at the HQ giving members the opportunity to socialise with others from different ride groups.

Thanks to Malcolm Curtis with assisting me with registration and timing, to Sabina for serving teas and coffees, and to Ray Watson, Tony Banbury, Lloyd Griffin, Martine Burke, Stewart Salt, Ali Bruce, Malcolm Rawlins and Steph Pendlebury for their delicious home baking.

The next RT is on a rescheduled date of Sunday 21 January 2018 with rides to Hindhead and Washington. The Washing destination is the village hall where the Brighton Excelsior CC host their early season elevenses for the local clubs.

Stewart Forbes

Competitions Secretary


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