Open Time Trial Report 03/07/2016 - SCA G50/10

This morning I rode the hilly 50 mile TT organised by the Sussex Cyclists' Association from Dial Post. It was an early start but the conditions were ok with just a few spots of rain over the course of the race.

I recorded a time of 02:06:10 which was good enough for 17th place of 37 starters. I was glad to finish this year and took the very last corner slowly after having taken a dnf'ing tumble last year at this event. I am riding another 50 tt in 3 weeks time which is a faster course and I will be aiming for a much better time there.

Today's winner was Jonathan Parker (Team Bottrill) who rode an amazing time of 01:49:40 to beat Steve Dennis (East Grinstead CC) into second place by over 3 and half minutes (01:53:21).

Jon Fry


Redhill CC open 14 Hilly TT 02/07/2016

Redhill CC ran an open 14 TT on the GS189 on Saturday afternoon. Despite the forecast, the rain stayed away, but a 15 MPH SW wind made things challenging at times. The roads were wet and slippery from Newdigate and all the way up Partridge Lane, along with Gravel and mud at various points. A small entry of 21 competed, I managed to finish 7th and smashed my PB on this course by 38 seconds, completing in 36.32. The race was on by Matt Peel from Redhill CC in 32.47!

Dale Baldwin


Time Trial Tuesday 21 June

TT G10/57 21st June

We had 19 Horsham Riders and 9 guests on our start sheet for last Tuesday's TT. With very good conditions and a slight SW wind, some very good times were recorded.

5 Horsham riders recorded 22 min Tens.

1st Tony Brown 22.14

2nd Tim Peters 22 20 only 6 secs behind

3rd John Fry 22.39

4th Simon Mitchell 22.44

5th Stuart Papworth 22.56

6th Dale Baldwin 23.15 only his first season at Time Trialing

and a special mention to Claire Wallace from Social 2, who is improving each week to 31.30 


Club Time Trial Tuesday 14 June

Round Ten: G10/46 10 miles Okewood Hill - A29 - Ockley - Forest Green - Walliswood.

At the third time of asking this season we were able to compete on a full circuit of this course with the road works near Walliswood now finished. Thanks to the efforts of Stewart Forbes for signing on, Jon Fry on course signs, Malcolm Curtis for pushing-off and the time keeping of Colin Ferry and Jim Kerr, 14 members and one guest encountered dry weather but damp and gritty roads from rain earlier in the day.

Tim Peters took top spot in 25:19 (in what I think was his course best time) by over a minute from Jon Fry who pipped Stephen Copeland into third place by two seconds. Claire Wallace was fastest lady on her first attempt on this course. On 'vet standards' Stephen Copeland was best placed.

Alan Dolan


HC Club 10 Course G10/57 7/6/16

After last week's near apocalyptic conditions on the Horsham Crawley dual carriage way course the conditions improved slightly, although there was a threat of rain in the air before the first riders started.

Riders at the start were greeted by a gaggle of helpers brightly clad in hi-vis jackets, including Jon Fry. I thought Jon was taking pre-race press quotes from riders but it turned he was carrying out a survey to see how many members were using rear lights. There has been some debate recently about rider safety and all participants are strongly encouraged to use a flashing rear light for their own safety.

The early starters were lucky enough to complete the course in overcast but dry & warm conditions with a gusty SW wind to help up the "climb" over the railway line just after the start.

The later starters were not so lucky, with the rain becoming increasingly heavy, which made the numerous roundabouts slippery and required extra caution.

Once again, Tony Brown was fastest Club rider with a time of 22:18, closely followed by Simon Mitchell in 22:36. Stuart Papworth took third podium spot in 22:50.

Other Club riders who beat the 25mph barrier were Dale Baldwin & Steve Copeland.

Alan Dolan forgot to apply his brakes early enough and recorded his quickest time of the year in 26:25. Alan, you may have "peaked" too soon for the handicap Trophy now!

Steve Strickland made his first competitive outing in over 4 years and was pleased to record a time of 26:57.

My ride was hampered by a bad case of "roundabout roulette" as I was brought virtually to a standstill at the last roundabout by a van blocking my path which then proceeded to turn left across me towards Littlehaven. The car behind was offering me lots of encouragement and I gave a cheery wave back. As I pulled away again I suffered a cramp in my left calf which meant I had to freewheel to the finish.

A special mention should go to the timekeepers who, I think, set a new PB for rapidly returning to Mercers Road and declaring the results in the damp and gloomy conditions. Once everyone had heard the results we headed for home quickly to avoid a soaking.

Fastest rider on the night was Richard Weatherstone of GS Stella in 21:43.

Bryn Reeves


Open Time Trial Report - 12/06/2016

It has been a great weekend for Horsham Cycling time triallists as 10, 15 and 25 mile PB's tumbled, despite the wet weather today.

Saturday morning and I rode the SCA 15 mile TT on the Ashurst/Washington loop. This is only the third year the event has been run and I was pleased to record a time of 36:45 for 13th place of 32. This was over a minute faster than last year.

See separate report for Tim Peters impressive 10 mile PB on Saturday afternoon on the A3 at Liss.

Come today and it was my turn to head over to Liss for the Team Axiom 25 mile TT. The threat of morning rain finally came to fruition as I rode up to the start line! Despite this, the conditions were favourable to fast times and so it was to be. I crossed the finish line knowing I had a PB but not sure if I had broken the 57 minute mark. An anxious wait at the HQ finally ended with a recorded time of 57:00. Just the one second short..... next time.

Jon Fry


Team Axiom Open 10 mile TT - 11/06/16

Watching the twittersphere yesterday morning it was clear as other race results came in that it was going to be a weekend of fast races. So no pressure then for a result on Saturday afternoon's 10 down on the very fast P881 course near Liss, Hampshire. 100 racers took the start line on the A3 and being off at number 88 it was a later start time which suits me fine. The course does rise and fall a little as it passes the army camp at Borden but mostly it's just flat out so a slight tail wind out and head wind back had little impact. Full of caffeine and nerves I rode an all-time personal best of 21:53 and I'm pretty sure that even that would have put me in the bottom third of the overall results. I don't have the official report yet but when I left the HQ Rob Sharland (Paceline RT) had just ridden a race winning time of 18:49 at an average of 390 watts/32mph.

Tim Peters


VTTA East Sussex 10 mile TT G10/87 - June 5th

2 Horsham members rode the above event today. Gary Holder riding his first season for many years, recorded 28.03 riding a fixed wheel, and myself 27.44.The winner was Peter Tadros 20.45.Dave Manders


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