Full Gas Winter Series

Four Horsham riders took part in the opening round of the Full Gas Winter Series on Saturday 5th November 2016 at the Lee Valley Circuit in London. Rik McNicholl, Simon Mitchell and I were competing in the 3/4 event while Matt Twelvetrees took to the line in the E123 event. The 3/4 race got off to a steady start with all 3 Horsham riders nicely stationed towards the front of the 50 strong bunch. At about half distance the race was still together with no-one being allowed too much leeway; at this point I put in some attacks on the small hill going past the velodrome but the strong headwind down the home straight made life difficult and I was quickly brought back each time. Coming into the final laps and Rik and Simon were both looking good and riding strongly as the pace hotted up. Unfortunately, a crash on the penultimate lap on the final bend caused Rik to have to take emergency action to avoid going down. As we came back to the same bend on the final lap there were still riders on the ground and as we slowed to navigate round them Simon lost touch with the reduced bunch when the riders in front put the pace up having passed the crash victims. I managed to hold my position and coming into the finish straight I squeezed past a few riders to take 8th place with Simon finishing in the top 20. Without the crash both Rik and Simon would have been up there but they enjoyed the racing despite this. In the E123 event the racing went from the gun with an immediate attack by one rider. A break of five formed shortly after and Matt T was looking good in the bunch only to have his race brought to a premature end by an attack of cramp. All in all a good day out for Horsham Cycling and we look forward to competing again in this series.

Matt Andrews


Inter - Club TT Report

inter-club-team-sep16Yesterday (Sat 10th Sept) saw 44 riders from Horsham Cycling, Cranleigh CC & Dorking CC take part in the first 10-mile Inter-Club Time Trial on the G10/46 at Okewood Hill.

The day was grey and overcast with a SW wind which helped riders along the exposed section of the A29 to Ockley. Fortunately the rain held off until the end with only the last few riders being affected by light drizzle, although fortunately the roads remained dry.

The Inter-Club competition was decided on the aggregate time of the six fastest riders from each Club.

Horsham Cycling's Matt Andrews, Tony Brown, Dale Baldwin, Tim Peters, Roland Kitson & Simon Mitchell took the honours with an aggregate time of 2:32:28.

Matt Andrews was also the fastest individual rider on the day in a time of 25:04, despite being held up by some nervous horses near Forest Green and an articulated lorry in Walliswood.

Cranleigh CC's aggregate time was 2:43:00 and Dorking CC's aggregate time was 2:51:22.

Fastest woman on the day was Jenny Gue of Cranleigh CC who recorded 28:30 beating Angela Radden-Rutt by 2 seconds. Angela's time of 28:32 was a new Club record however beating Coralie Clarke's previous best for this course by 43 seconds.

Horsham's fifteen year-old Bradley Burke was fastest Under-18 in 29:10 and also shaved 1 second off Toby Baverstock's course record in the process.

Fastest road bike was Iain Thompson of Cranleigh CC in 26:09.


Unluckiest rider on the day must have been Dorking's Glenn Cornish who punctured just before he was due to start. After repairing his puncture he was given a late start but some of the marshalls had already collected the direction arrows and returned to the HQ meaning Glenn went off course and eventually returned to the finish in 47:49.

Fastest ride of the day however went to Benjamin Irving, a rider visiting from Denmark, who rides for the U-19 Danish squad. Benjamin's time was an amazing 24:24!

There was a large collection of Club riders in the Hall with plenty of chatting & banter over teas, coffees & home made cakes which had been donated by various club members before the prizes were awarded. Donations from the sale of refreshments raised £118.41 which are to be sent to the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

All money collected from entry fees is also being donated to the Air Ambulance.

Time keeping was provided by Horsham's Peter Delve & Colin Ferry.

I would like to say a big thank-you to all helpers, without whom this event would not have been such a success.

Bryn Reeves

Racing Sub-committee


Open Time Trial Report - SCCU 25 Mile TT 04/09/2016

Today was the Club 25 mile TT championship on the G25/54 course, incorporated into the Southern Counties Cycling Union (SCCU) Open event, held this morning on the Horsham Crawley course. It was not the best conditions, with a strong headwind for the return leg from Crawley; this made the personal best performances by club members that much better.

The event was won by James Rix of Crawley Wheelers with the club times as follows:

1st Matt Andrews 56:43 (25 mile PB)

2nd Jon Fry 59:06

3rd Dale Baldwin 59:57 (25 mile PB)

Roland Kitson 1:00:02 (25 mile PB)

Tim Peters 1:00:38 (course PB)

Stephen Copeland 1:01:10

Matt Twelvetrees 1:04:41

Gary Holder 1:09:46 (25 mile PB)

Matt Andrews raced a fantastic time to take the club silverware in an impressive 56:43 and with Dale Baldwin riding a sub 1 hour for his first 25 tt and myself under the hour, we took second place in the team classification. Many of the riders took at least a minute off their times for the previous run on this course two weeks before (Gary Holder nearly 3 minutes faster and Roland Kitson over a minute and just missing a 59 ride by a few seconds). The official results have not yet been published but Dale was placed top on the handicap competition when I left the HQ.

Thanks to Peter Delve for finish line time keeping, assisted by Colin Ferry, and Stewart Forbes for marshalling.

The time trial season is now nearly over but we do have the Inter Club TT next Saturday morning, I look forward to seeing you there.

Jon Fry


Open Time Trial Report - Bank Holiday Weekend 28/08/2016

A rare appearance by Alan Dolan on Saturday afternoon for the Sussex Cyclists Association 10 mile TT (G10/45) based on the hilly Loxwood/Plaistow/Kirdford loop. A small field but the course record was smashed by the south-east fast man James Boyman of Farnham RC in 20:57. Myself (25:08) and Alan (29:42) were saving ourselves for the 25 mile TT on Monday when we will be joined by Matt Andrews for 2 and a half laps of the same course.

Tim Peters rode an impressive 22:12 on the P881R 10 mile course on the A3.

Today I rode the P901/25 Chichester/Arundel course on the A27 with a finish time of 58:32, good training for next week....

Jon Fry


Open Time Trial Report - Saturday 13th August

Saturday morning was the last chance for a 10 mile PB on the local G10/57 course. The usual 3 Horsham riders (myself, Dale Baldwin and Dave Manders) entered the South Eastern Road Club Open event but in the end the weather (bit windy) and the traffic (busy) meant it was not a day for PB's. As per previous runs I managed to beat Dale by a few seconds (22:41 to 22:46) while Dave rode a 26:18. The winner was Mark Emsley of Team ASL360 in 20:01.

Not satisfied with 1 TT in a day, I also rode the H25/8 course with Tim Peters in the afternoon. A time of 59:06 for me with Tim awaiting his official time (his result was delayed by a crash - not Tim) but fingers crossed for a 59:59.

Jon Fry


Club Time Trial GS/189 - Tuesday 9th August

This week saw the final club Tuesday Evening Time Trial of the season (but still the 25 Champs, Inter Club and Hill Climb to be contested). Raced on the hilly 14 mile Faygate course, it was the second and concluding leg of the Ian Hiscock Handicap Trophy. Great to see the trophy pass onto Robbie Calder who has been a supporter and rider of the club events for many years. He beat Alan Dolan into second and the ever improving Dale Baldwin into third.

Thirteen riders took to the start line with some of the new faces for this season recording faster times then the previous running of this course. Oscar Winter took over a minute off his time, along with improvement by Lloyd Griffin. Tony Banbury rode well and Matt Twelvetrees just sneaked under 38 minutes.

I kept my late season form with a third consecutive win in a time of 36:18, followed by Dale Baldwin and Tim Peters. Claire Wallace took another 10 points for Ladies points competition.

Thanks to the helpers on the night (Colin Ferry, Malcolm Curtis, Peter Delve, Stewart Forbes and Dave Manders) but also to those who have helped throughout the season, without this we could not run the events.

Jon Fry


Open Time Trial Report - 31/07/2016

Saturday morning, fair weather, and 3 Horsham Cycling riders (Jon Fry, Dave Manders and Dale Baldwin) on the start line for the Epsom CC Open TT on the G10/57 course, and club man Peter Delve on timing duties. The event saw 2 riders duck under the 20 minute mark to take 1st and 2nd places (James Boyman of Farnham RC 19:36 and Pat Wright Paceline RT 19:43). Both myself and Dale Baldwin pushed hard but were not quite able to beat our Tuesday night club rides as I had the beating of Dale by just 1 second (22:24 to 22:25).

Sunday morning and just myself from Horsham Cycling on the start line for the SCA 30 mile tt on G30/91. Following PB's at 50 and 10 miles in the last week, I also managed to improve my 30 pb down by just over a minute to 01:13:02 to take 12th place of 33 starters. The winner was Keith Lea of Paceline RT in 01:04:49.

Jon Fry


G10/57 Club TT - Tuesday 26th July 2016

14 Horsham riders (and 3 guests) for the club tt on the G10/57 course, this being the first leg of the 'Ian Hiscock Handicap Trophy'. Robbie Calder took an early lead of just over half a minute from Alan Dolan and Dale Baldwin. The second leg is scheduled for 9th August on the Faygate GS/189 course.

The conditions were not ideal but myself (Jon Fry) and Dale Baldwin managed to ride PB's (22:15 and 22:22 respectively). Dale's was the continuation of an impressive first season of TT'ing while mine was the beating of a 3 year old previous best. The top 3 were covered by a mere 7 seconds with myself taking my first victory of the season by two seconds from Simon Mitchell and Dale.

Claire Wallace took maximum points in the Ladies competition and should have the ladies points competition in the bag before the season's end.

Thanks to the helpers on the night, Colin Ferry and Malcolm Curtis doing the timekeeping, Stewart Forbes the signing on, Stephen Copeland signs and John Chaplin pushing off.

Jon Fry


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