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 2015 Season

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

19 Time Trials April - October Canterbury weekend 18/19 April
General Meeting TBA Dunwich Dynamo 4/5 July
Social Groups' Downhill challenge TBA 10yr anniversary post-ride lunch 7 June
Isle of Wight weekend 18-20 September Hill Climb 11 October
Belgium weekend October Christmas Dinner and Awards December
Indoor cycling with Sabina Winter Reliability Trials Spring / Autumn / Winter
Regular Pub Night All year

Dunwich Dynamo - Saturday 12 / Sunday 13 July 2014.

Still a few places left for this amazing ride. 

Just two months to go until this relatively easy 115 mile night ride from London (Hackney) to Dunwich on the Suffolk Coast which is organised by the Southwark Cyclists. The ride is free to enter.

As in previous years, we are providing transport by way of a mini bus and bike van to simplify the logistics. We leave Horsham around 17.00 on the Saturday evening with the ride commencing at 20.00. Depart from Dunwich around 08.00 Sunday after having a full English breakfast in the cafe by the sea, returning to Horsham late morning. The transport cost is £40.

If you wish to take part please pay via the event payment button on the home page of the Club website and once you have done so, please email me to confirm. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Guests also welcome.

Stewart Forbes, HC Logistics Organiser for Dunwich Dynamo.

 

Mike Carr Social Groups' Downhill Trophy Sunday 6th July 2014.

This will take place on Grinder's Lane/Honeybridge Lane, Dial Post starting at the top of the hill after the Old Barn Nursery. Mike Cross has agreed to organise again this year, ably assisted by multiple past winner Philip van der Veen.

The event will be part of the normal Social 1 and 2 rides and open to all recognised Social Group riders. The Ride Leaders, Alan Eakins and Philip, will take their rides there with the event commencing around 10.15. Mike will explain the rules of combat prior to the start. As usual each rider will be allowed one pedal stroke then freewheeling only and the person covering the greatest distance is the winner. There will be plaques for the first three riders covering the greatest distance and a separate Ladies plaque for the furthest Lady member. If anyone has any queries please let me know but I hope as many of our ever increasing Social members as possible will take part to make it a memorable year.

Peter Delve, Chairman.

 

Annual post-ride lunch - Sunday 6 July 2014 12.30.

This year's annual lunch (members only) will take place at Rookwood Golf Club with all the Sunday rides ending there for 12.30.

This year, we are having a barbecue to include: sausages, burgers, kebabs, coleslaw, French bread, jacket potato, salad and a choice of 2 desserts: Roulade (if you're not watching the calories) or Summer Fruit Crumble (a great hit each year!), to include tea and coffee: £12.50 pp. Vegetarian option also available.

Please fill out the attached form and return to me for your menu choices/dietary requirements.

Payment is through the Horsham Cycling website and Paypal. (Cheques also accepted, details on form)

This is a members only event. No refunds (you can transfer).

Should it rain on the day we will be eating in the Tythe Barn. Plenty of room for all the bikes.

Sabina Hickmet, Social.

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Club Time Trial Events for April/May 2014 - Report.

We have now completed seven events of the 2014 season, just over a third of the planned timetable.

Firstly, thank you to to everyone who has given up their time to assist in the smooth running of the events.

Timekeepers:Colin Ferry (7), Mike Cross, Peter Delve (2), Jim Kerr (2), Stewart Forbes (2) and Rob Haigh.

Signing On:Stewart Forbes (5) and Peter Delve (2).

Pushing Off:Bryn Reeves, Rob Haigh (2), Jon Fry, Malcolm Curtis (3), Jim Kerr and Keith Carter.

Course Signs:Stewart Forbes (3), Jim Evans (2), Peter Delve and Alan Dolan.

Photographs:Mike Cross.

Courses:

We have had two circuits of the 14 mile Faygate/Rusper/Newdigate, two runs on the Okewood/Ockley/Walliswood course (unfortunately, the standard 10 miles shortened to 7 due to road works on both occasions) and three 10 mile trips on the Horsham/Crawley dual carriageway.

Weather:

Apart from last Tuesday when we encountered conditions of wet, cold, wind, mud and gravel on the Faygate run, nevertheless four personal bests achieved, we have encountered good conditions, especially on 20 May dual carriageway event when seven Personal Bests were recorded.

New Comers to Horsham Cycling Time Trials:

Congratulations to Matt Twelvetrees, Ben Rose, Darren Howe, Matt Pateman, Jose Espinosa, Dave Manders, Emin Akbay and to a considerable number who joined us for the first time on the Social Time Trial on 10 May.

Personal Bests Achieved:

10 mile Horsham/Crawley:

Matt Andrews 22.18, Tim Peters 23.08, Emin Akbay 23.35, Ian Phillips 23.51, Alan Dolan 24.26, Mike Ayres 25.12 and Gary Noble-Smith 25.17.

14 mile Faygate/Rusper/Nedigate:

Alan Dolan 40.29, Emin Akbay 41.03, Matt Pateman 41.21, Gary Noble-Smith 41.53 and Rebecca O'Hara 44.13.

Trophies:

At this stage the members in pole position are:

Scratch:Jon Fry.

Points:Jon Fry.

Scratch (Ladies):Rebecca O'Hara.

Points (Ladies):Rebecca O'Hara.

Veterans:Keith Shuttlewood.

Performances of the season to date:

Emin Akbay for powering into the Horsham Cycling junior record books with 23.35 on the 10 mile dual carriageway on 20 May

and at the other end of age group,

Dave Manders (72) 28.15 on the same evening, a fantastic 3.21 inside the veteran standard time allocated to his age.

Alan Dolan, Communications

 

New Forest Weekend 17/18 May 2014 - Report

16 cyclists enjoyed superb weather whilst staying at Lyndhurst.

Kevin Crump, Paul Detain and Alan Dolan completed the 100 mile ride from Horsham on the Friday incorporating four ferries – Hayling Island to Southsea, Portsmouth to Gosport, Warsash to Hamble and Southampton to Hythe.

Organised Social and Intermediate rides took place on Saturday and Sunday. Mike and Justin from the New Forest Cycling Club very kindly led the Intermediate riders. With an extra Saturday morning cycle at Swanage, Paul Detain managed to clock up 200 miles in three days.

Full report will appear in June Chain Line, which will be issued later this month.

Photographs are now in the Gallery section of the website.

Thank you to Dave Scott for organising this successful trip.

Alan Dolan, Communications.

 

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