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 2017 Season

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

Indoor cycling with Sabina January - April Winchester weekend 21-23 April
20 Time Trials April - October Annual post-ride lunch 11 June
Dunwich Dynamo 8 July Social Groups' Downhill challenge 9 July
Inter-club TT  9 September Isle of Wight weekend 22-24 September
Belgium weekend 6-8 October  Hill Climb 15 October
General Meeting November 9th Christmas Dinner and Awards 14 December
Reliability Trials Spring / Autumn / Winter Regular Pub Night All year

Five years young!

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Horsham Cycling has just celebrated it's 5th anniversary in style. Following our normal Sunday run members wined and dined in glorious spring sunshine at the Sussex Barn on Rookwood golf course.

During our five years we've collectively ridden a distance equivalent to 2500 laps of the M25 or 230,000,000 wheel revolutions! We've enjoyed the Sunday rides, the racing, social events and weekends away - whilst making friends, keeping fit and having fun. Many things have changed during this time and the membership has grown significantly, but our motto remains unchanged - cycling for all.

 

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

 

Club TT Report : Faygate 14 mile hilly Tuesday 24th May 2016

clubtt-may31Tuesday saw a fantastic turnout on the '14' course starting at Faygate. No doubt bouyed by a pleasant eventing 29 riders took to the start with 26 from Horsham Cycling and 3 guests taking us just one shy of our official capacity. A slight head wind on the way out to Newdigate turned into a welcome tail wind up Partridge Lane and with dry roads it was bob on for a fast night.

We had a good ladies field with 2 HC riders and 2 guests. Angela Radden-Rutt continues her successful campaign with a winning ride of 40:08 with Martine Burke taking second for the club. Helen Webb and Sabine Hickmet riding for Sussex Nomads and Crawley Wheelers respectively also put in strong rides.

Keeping with his current form in the men's race Tony Brown took the win in a time of 35:42. Stuart Papworth rode a strong race for 2nd with myself taking the last podium step. Dale rode another great race finishing fourth with Steve Copeland nipping at his heels for fifth.

Thanks go out to Malcom and Peter for time-keeping, Keith and "Bertie" for signing on, Steve Strickland for pushing off and Dave Manders for the course signage.

Tim Peters.

 

VC Meudon Race Report from Paul Walsingham

paul-may30Sunday22nd May 16 saw VC Meudon holding their 3rd Cat race on the Kirdford circuit, a generally flattish course through Loxwood, over the 'lump' (according to Strava) and Plaistow around a 9.6 mile course. We were led onto the circuit by the course car, a 500hp Audi RS6 - no early break away slipstreaming the lead car today then. A fast first lap ensued, with a section between Plaistow and Kirdford taken at an average of just under 40mph. 5 more pacey laps gobbled up the 52 miles and as the bunch raced by Foxbridge Lane, I saw some Horsham Cycling club riders waiting for the bunch to pass; I called out, but not sure they heard me. Could have potentially been in two ride reports at once; a club record?

On the last lap the usual 'gathering' began at the front. Some riders I hadn't seen all race! luckily throughout the day I managed to keep my place near the front without resorting to break neck tactics such as riding on the wrong side of the road then making a dangerous dash back over when traffic approached. Well placed, the last sprint up the Loxwood Lump finish was another painful one and another bunch finish accomplished, although those top 10 points alluded me again.

Next up is another Dunsfold Vets on Wednesday, then the BC British Masters in Bucks. More Strava 'lumps'!

Paul Walsingham

 

Race Report Sunday 20th March 2016

Sunday saw the first Vets road race of the season at Dunsfold Park and part of the Toachim Vets race series, held by the League of Veteran and Racing Cyclists http://www.lvrc.org.uk/. LVRC races are for riders over the age of 40 and usually split: A-B (40-49 years of age), C-D (50-59) and EFGH (60+). Good dry conditions, but a 'cool' North Easterly, so rode up from Broadbridge to warm up. The LVRC are a keen, friendly bunch and racing tends to start a little more relaxed than in the BC/Surrey Race League 3rd Cat races, but don't be fooled by occasional appearance of grey hair and prescription glasses, some of these guys are seriously strong, with current/ex 1st and 2nd Cat riders and the occasional ex-domestic pro such as Bob Downs and Mick Ives.

Quite a breeze blowing across the circuit and a tailwind down the main straight. The first few laps saw a few tentative pushes off the front, but nothing that got away. I then managed to get in a small break of 5 with a guy from Python RT and Mario from Blazing Saddles (you'll always recognise Mario – luminous yellow Blazing Saddles team kit and all-year round tan, plus he attacks continually – proper racer); the bunch obviously recognised I was far too dangerous to let go, and reeled us in after a lap; either that or maybe the fact that both the Python RT guy and Mario were experienced, strong LVRC riders...?

The race duration was 75 minutes, plus 3 laps, so a distance in total of nearly 40-miles. Over the next few laps one rider went clear and from what I could see Time Trialled for most of the second half of the race, not sure which was more painful, his legs, or watching him at a constant 300 metres in front of the bunch, knowing they could catch him at any point. He was put out of his misery when a break of 7 riders eventually formed and bridged over to him. I missed that break, which had gone away on the back end of the circuit, which had strong side winds and potholes, so constant echeloning and shouts of 'hole' going up all the time; also avoiding driving instructors cars and the odd lorry driving around the circuit on the other side. It's a busy place even without Clarkson and Hammond.

On the final straight, which was covered in gravel chippings from a recent resurface, and not brave or anywhere near capable enough to be a sprinter, I decided lone victory was my only option; I moved out of the bunch and drilled it to the line, 500+Watts showing on the Garmin, victory was mine... Well - no actually, I did get clear of the front of the bunch, but the finish line was moving further and further away, with 500 Watts rapidly becoming 400, then 300, I was eventually swallowed up in a very un-like Tony Martin style, and the bunch swarmed passed me. 20th or so place, so a consolatory hot cup of tea and gentle ride home avoiding kamikaze squirrels and similar mind set Sportive riders coming out of the refreshment point at Rusper. Next race not for a couple of weeks and Flanders (Sportive) in between, oh dear...

Paul Walsingham

 

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