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

Reliability Trials

Over the spring, autumn and winter months reliability trials take the place of regular Club rides. The aim is to navigate a ride to a set destination and back within a time chosen by the rider. The route and rider grouping is entirely up to those taking part. There are normally two destinations, a shorter one within 15 miles and a longer one within 30 miles (remember, you have to get back). To complete the challenge requires the rider to return within 10 minutes of their chosen time - neither late or early. Rides usually start and end at the Forest School Youth Wing, Comptons Lane (see maps), with refreshments available at the finish.

These events add a bit of variety to the spring, autumn and winter schedule and are a good chance to set yourself a challenge, or just socialise with riders from different groups.

Sunday 29th Oct 2017, Sunday 19th Nov 2017, Sunday 21 Jan 2018, Sunday 25 Mar 2018

Rides / destinations to be confirmed.

 

Inter-club 10-mile TT – Saturday 9th September 2017

Great morning at the Inter-Club 10 today with Cranleigh CC & Dorking CC. After the night's rain the sun came out & dried the roads for us.

Thanks to everyone who helped, made cakes or rode - without your support we would have no event. We also raised money again for the KSS Air Ambulance.

Top 3 today:

Dan Cole (Dorking CC) - 24:34

Jon Fry (Horsham Cycling) - 24:51 (course pb)

Carl Wichman (Cranleigh CC) - 25:28 (& fastest road bike)

Fastest U18 - Jacob Cann (Horsham Cycling) - 26:45

Fastest female - Camilla King (Cranleigh CC) - 26:37

Fastest Team (6 riders)

Horsham Cycling - 2:36:56

Cranleigh CC - 2:39:55

 

Dunwich Dynamo Report 2017

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This year 16 members and 1 guest from Cranleigh CC successfully and safely navigated their way overnight from London Fields, Hackney to the Suffolk coast at Dunwich. Leaving London at 7.45pm, and reaching the beach between 3:45 and 5:30am. The weather was excellent, warm with just occasional light winds and the full moon lighting up the roads at times. Each group was somehow drawn to the Ship pub where we met for breakfast, a few beers and post ride chatter.

Another brilliant event on quiet well surfaced roads, only possible because of organiser and van driver Stewart Forbes and minibus driver Peter David.

Dunwich Dynamo XXVI takes place on 28/29th July 2018.

 

Annual Lunch

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Club members enjoyed our Annual Lunch BBQ in June. Held at the Warnham Barn, Rookwood Golf course.This year we were blessed with good weather, so we were able to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine.

The guests finished their usual Sunday Club rides at the BBQ to be rewarded with nice food and refreshments from the bar. A great time was had by all.Thanks to the staff at the Rookwood for making this a great event.

 

The Winchester Wanderer

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This weekend, 21 Horsham Cycling members enjoyed a lovely weekend near Winchester. Two main groups cycled there on Friday. Others went by themselves or on the train. Our venue was Spartsholt College were we had nice accommodation with a bar and restaurant.

Saturday was taken up with rides in the area with John Chaplin and Ian Hiscock leading an 80 mile ride to the New Forest and back. We passed the Lyndhurst Park Hotel where we had stayed on a previous Spring tour. (2013 I think) Sad to say it was derelict and boarded up. The things that happen after a Horsham Cycling trip eh?

Colin Ward led a ride to Romsey at a more leisurely pace. With the group stopping at a French Restaurant for lunch. It was good to see Richard and Steph out on their tandem. This year we didn't have too many mechanicals, unlike last year!

However, it has to be said that one unnamed rider had problems with a rattle at the front of his bike. Handlebar stems, bearings etc were suitably adjusted and tightened but the noise didn't go away. After 10 minutes of head scratching the problem was discovered to be a Mars Bar bouncing about in his crossbar bag! No complaints though as the group had a brief rest . .

Both evenings were spent socialising in the bar. Big thanks to Fiona who had organised a game on Saturday night. This involved guessing peoples names by firstly describing them, then describing them with just one word and finally describing them with no words but actions only. A close run contest but Morag's team won. Great fun!

Then the ride back to Horsham on Sunday. All in all it was magical weekend that attracted both Sporting riders and Social riders. Thanks to everyone for making it such a great weekend . .

Ali Bruce

 

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