Our club was established in 2005 by riders looking to provide a friendly and relaxed group for cyclists of all abilities. Since that time the club has grown to more than 100 members who enjoy many cycling related activities from relaxed Sunday rides to organised competitive events. But our founding principles remain, and we strive to ensure new members are welcome, and existing members continue to enjoy the club's activities. The club is run by a committee of 8 (see the contacts page), using the guidelines laid down in our constitution. We are affiliated with many cycling organisations including CTC, British Cycling, CTT, Southern Counties Cycling Union, Sussex Cyclist's Association and East Sussex Cycling Association.
The club's activities centre around Sunday morning rides (see rides page), but there are many other organised events to mix things up and keep it fun, including:
- Club and open time trials during summer.
- Cycling trips, such as our Isle of Wight weekend, or smaller group trips to classic rides, such as the Etape Caledonia.
- Annual downhill/freewheeling competition.
- Reliability trials - a Sunday ride, but to a set destination and to a time standard chosen by the rider.
- Mountain bike rides.
- Social evenings - which have included presentations by some of our more adventurous cyclists.
- Pub nights - bike talk or just a chance to socialise.
- Christmas and awards dinner.
We have several regular communications for members:
- Weekly 'e-news' email, reporting on Sunday rides, and an update on club activities.
- Quarterly 'chain-line' magazine, with articles ranging from epic rides to GPS navigation, member profiles and honest reviews of cycle related products.
- This website and associated forum, where you'll find news of upcoming events, photos and club chatter.
Lastly, but importantly - most of our rides take place on roads with little traffic, but safety is always taken seriously. The club has strict rules to ensure riders are not put in danger with traffic or each other. Full details are set out on the rides page.
*Horsham has a dedicated youth cycling club (HYCC) for children aged between 7 and 13. Their website can be found at http://www.hycc.co.uk/.