Rides

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The Club meets at The Carfax, Horsham (see maps) every Sunday morning, all year round. Seven groups, each catering for different speeds and distances, leave between 09:05 and 09:30. Many groups finish before 12:30 and meet at The Conservatory Cafe in Horsham Park (see maps) for tea, cake and bike talk. All are welcome.

You don't have to be a member to sample our Club, though we will want you to join after your third ride. When turning up on a Sunday for the first time, just make yourself known and someone will quickly point you in the right direction. If you have questions before your ride, either contact the membership secretary (see contacts), or visit the forum. All riders must come equipped with a road-worthy bicycle, suitable clothing, plus tools and know-how to fix a puncture. A helmet is strongly recommended. Be careful not to overestimate your ability on the first ride, you will enjoy the ride more if you don't struggle, and can quickly progress if needed. Bring sufficient snacks and drink to keep your body fueled for your chosen ride, and arrive at least 10 minutes before the group departure time. 

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Each group has a rota of ride leaders who will select a route and, with the group's help, ensure that no-one is left behind. In the event of bad weather, the leader will determine if the ride should be cancelled. If you are unclear whether a ride has been cancelled contact the leader on the morning of the ride. Ride leaders are shown on the calendar and home page, click the name for contact details. The Club will not ride if there is risk of ice.

If groups are oversubscribed, or for safety reasons, they can be split in two with an approved ride leader appointed to lead the second group.

All riders are expected to be considerate of the group, other road users and safety - see below for details.

Groups

Social 1 - coordinated by Lorraine Barratt

The Social 1 group pride themselves on a warm welcome, supportive atmosphere with a banana stop and on some rides a cafe stop. Rides leave from the Carfax at 09.20 for 25-30 flat or undulating miles at 10-12 mph, usually arriving back in Horsham around 12.30. During the Summer there may be a longer ride once a month. Please see the calendar for details.

Social 2 - coordinated by Ray Watson

The Social 2 group have the same ethos as Social 1. Rides leave the Carfax at 09.20 riding for about 35 miles at 12-14mph, with a banana stop, or occasionally a café stop, usually arriving back in Horsham around 12.30. During the Summer there may be a longer ride once a month. Please see the calendar for details.

Intermediate 1 - coordinated by Philip van der Veen

The 'Inter 1' ride is a little more sporty than the Social group rides, with a comfortable, sociable pace on the flats and occasional sprints up hills. Rides leave the Carfax at 09.15 for 30-40 miles at an average speed of between 14 and 15 mph, usually arriving back in Horsham before 12.30. Rides include a quick stop to take on food. Routes may include hills in places like the North Downs (Leith Hill or Box Hill).

Intermediate 2 - coordinated by Tony Banbury

The 'Inter 2' ride is a little faster than 'Inter 1'. Rides leave the Carfax at 09.15 for 35-45 miles at an average speed of between 15 and 16 mph, usually arriving back in Horsham before 12.30. Rides include a quick stop to take on food. Routes will often include hills in places like the North Downs or Ardingly.

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Sporting 1 - coordinated by Stewart Forbes

Sporting 1 is a good step up for faster Intermediate riders, with a little more distance and speed and a planned cafe refreshment stop on route. Rides leave the Carfax at 09:10, for 45-60 miles at 16-17mph, returning to Horsham between 12:30 and 13:00. Examples of well-used destinations include Godalming, Hindhead, Shere and Shoreham Airport.

Sporting 2 - coordinated by Dave Scott

The Sporting 2 ride increases the pace a little and includes a short roadside stop for refuelling. Rides leave the Carfax at 09:10 for 40-50 miles at 16.5-18mph, returning to Horsham before 12.30. Most rides will include hills such as North and South Downs or Bedham.

Sporting 3 - coordinated by Dave Scott

Sporting 3 is our fastest (and hilliest) ride. Rides leave from the Carfax at 09:05, for 45-65 miles at 17+ mph, returning to Horsham between 12:30 and 13:30. Rides will include a cafe stop if indicated on the club calendar. Example rides include loops out to Ashdown Forest, Dorking, the South Downs or Petworth. 

Off Road - coordinated by Michael Horner

This group rides on the first Sunday of each month. Rides use local bridleways and forest tracks. The mileage is approximately 20 miles but this is dependent upon terrain and the time of year. Sometimes the rides leave from the Carfax at 09:15, arriving back in Horsham before 12:30 for a Park Cafe finish. However many rides start and finish from a location outside of Horsham. Full details of the start location are in Horsham Cycling e.news or on the club website. The rides are not too technical but do require a Mountain Bike and may be muddy.

For more challenging off-road rides Horsham has a dedicated mountain bike club - http://www.horshammountainbikeclub.org.uk

Saturday Morning Ride - coordinated by Stewart Forbes

This meets at 8.30am opposite the Conservatory Café in Horsham park for a ride of about 30 miles, at average of 15.5 – 16.5 mph.We aim to be back in Horsham about 10.30am.

Reliability Trials

For 3 or 4 Sundays 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.

Safety & Rider Discipline

Group riding can only be a success when all riders follow the same rules. Our expectations of you can be found on our 'rules and roles' page.