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 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

Improving Group Ride Discipline

At the last meeting the Committee discussed ride discipline and agreed that most of us could improve our group riding habits. We set ‘improving group discipline’ as a specific objective for 2018, with the aim of making riding with the Club as safe and enjoyable as possible for everyone.

To help us towards this objective, we are proposing 3 measures to start with:

  • Reviewing the ‘Group Riding’ materials on the website and sent to new members, to give clearer and more consistent guidance to all;
  • Asking ride leaders to pay particular attention to group discipline, in line with the updated guidance;
  • Offering a number of practical sessions on a Saturday focusing on group riding skills.

The Saturday sessions will initially be offered on Saturday mornings from 09.00-11.00 alongside our normal Saturday ride schedule. Anyone is welcome to join – the speed will be that of the slowest rider. The aim is to demonstrate and practise safe and considerate group riding techniques, with group and individual feedback from an experienced mentor and ample opportunity for questions. All rides will start and finish at the Conservatory Café, giving a chance for a post-ride chat over a coffee for those able to stay on.

So far we have scheduled sessions on the following dates:

  • 3 March
  • 10 March
  • 24 March

As the group size will be kept small (max 8 riders) it would be helpful if anyone interested could let us know beforehand which session they plan to join, either by email to Dave Scott ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or on the Club Facebook page. That said, we will attempt to accommodate any member who shows up on the day unannounced, subject to group size constraints.

 

Club Pub Night - The Black Jug -Thurs 8th March 2018

The next Club Pub Night is on the above date from 8.30pm. This time at the Black Jug, North Street, Horsham. This is the ideal opportunity for our newer members to meet others in the Club.

Stewart Forbes

 

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

Competitions

 

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).

 

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