BEC Open Time Trial report Sunday 29 May 2016

2 Club members rode the Bec Cycling Club Open on the G10/57 today 28th May. Dale Baldwin in his first season of Time Trialing returned a fantastic time of 22.47. Yours truly 27.03. The winner was Peter Tadros from In-gear Quickvit with a time of 20.11.

Dave Manders


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


Horsham-Crawley-Horsham G10/57 17th May

Tuesday evening's Club 10 saw a deceptively quick night for the 25 riders who took to the start. With 20 from the club and 5 guests it was a great turnout and needs to be noted for the future as we only have a maximum capacity of 30. A stiff westerly breeze made it look like the return leg from Crawley might be slow but out on the course it wasnt so bad. The tail wind on the way out definitely kept speeds high out to the turn too.

Club honours went to a tie between Stuart Papworth and Tony Brown with both riding a 22:35. Just shy of a course PB for Stuart on his first 10 of the year and Tony looking like he barely broke a sweat. Simon Mitchell took the last podium spot with a 23:00 beating me into fourth by 4 seconds (grrr). Angela Radden Rutt took the Ladies win with a fine ride of 25:39. Sabina Hickmet also rode well with a 26:58 on a road bike and in Crawley Wheelers colours. Other mentions must go to Robbie Calder who snuck in under the 32:00 barrier with a 31:59 and not least to Matt Peel of Redhill CC who rode the fastest time of the evening with a 20:57.

Thanks to Colin Ferry and Malcolm Curtis for timing, Jim Kerr for pushing off and spotting, Peter Delve for signing on and general encouragement and Jason for the signage.


Faygate Hilly course GS189 10th May

It was damp, hilly and 14 miles long. Tony Brown won with a great ride of 35:58, newcomer Dale rode to second with an amazing 37:11 in his second ever time trial and Stuart Papworth rode to a fine 3rd place. I see a season long battle 'twix Tony and Stuart developing nicely. Angela Radden Rutt took the ladies win with 41:38. Thanks again to Colin, Jim, Malcolm, Peter and Steve Strickland et al for their help with the logistics.


Special Time Trial Event Saturday 7 May

Thanks go to Peter Delve for all his hard work in organising this year's event. Another great success. Peter was backed up by Colin Ferry on timing, Matt Andrews for course signage, Malcolm Curtis for pushing off, Keith Shuttlewood for fantastic photography (some included in and all will be available soon to view on the Gallery Section of our website), John Chaplin for judging and Linda Beattie for spotting numbers at the finish.

Thanks also to Tim Peters, Jon Fry, The Cycle Room (Horsham) and Zoot Foods for all the prizes. The Cycle Room, our clothing distributor, gave us four very nice prizes (bar tape, drinks bottle, lights and some lube) and Zoot Foods on provided a significant quantity/retail value of energy bars. The energy bars were distributed to entrants and helpers and also as a main prize. If any of you liked them they can be ordered from the above website, and using code ZT20GN will get you a 20% discount.

On the hottest Sussex day of the year to date, 30 entered the event, and with helpers and supporters, we were close to a turnout of 50. Unfortunately, road works on the G10/46 course near Walliswood meant the race distance had to be shortened from ten miles to 6.6, finishing on a challenging incline at the bottom of Leith Hill on the road up from Ockley. Fortunately, the temporary road traffic lights on the course near the Punchbowl Inn, which threatened potential frustration/bad luck for the fast competitors, were removed on the Friday.

After the time trial, results and prize giving was held in the garden of the Punchbowl Inn, Okewood Hill followed by a sandwich buffet paid from Club funds.

Ray Watson, who rode the event last year on his tricycle, was first off at 11.01 followed by Dave Manders at 11.01.01. Both were on Ray's 1948 vintage single speed Claud Butler Tandem - older than Ray and possibly heavier than Dave. They were followed by "Batman, Superman, M C Hammer, Harry Potter and James Bond", The Burke family four, Ian Phillips on our first electric bike entry, other vintage bikes, then a succession of members on time trial bikes and their Sunday best steeds. A fair number riding a time trial for the first time. (Five photos attached –Ed)

The prize winners were:

1st Lady Angela Radden-Rutt

1st Man Matt Twelvetrees

1st Fancy Dress Stewart Salt - Batman

2nd Fancy Dress Alan Dolan - James Bond

1st best non racing bike Tim Peters - Raleigh

2nd best non racing bike Ray Watson and Dave Manders - Claud Butler Tandem

1st Under 16 Bradley Burke

1st Under 14 Rory Burke

1st over 70 Brian Flint

1st pair of riders Ray Watson and Dave Manders

1st Social Rider Philip Van Der Veen

1st Intermediate Rider Lloyd Griffin

Course record men Matt Twelvetrees

Slowest Rider James Bond


Surrey League: 4 in a row for Horsham Cycling

Event 2 of the Surrey RR League 4ths series at Dunsfold took place on Friday and I was riding in search of the last 2 points I needed to get my 3rd cat license. Unlike the previous week it was a windy, chilly evening which had a bit of a dampening effect on the racing. With a strong headwind on the finish straight it was going to take a huge effort for a break to stay away. After a couple of attempts at splitting the bunch I resigned myself to waiting for the lottery of the bunch sprint. Coming into the finish I was nicely placed towards the front as the pace ratcheted up. Not wanting to launch my sprint too early into the headwind I held back till 250 metres to go and then went for it. I hit the front and held my speed right to the line to take the win. Following Matt Twelvetree's two victories at Longcross and my wins at Dunsfold, Horsham Cycling has won four consecutive 4th cat races in the Surrey League. With the win I had the points I needed and can now join Matt and Paul in the 3rd cat bunch.

Matt Andrews


Time Trial Update 15/05/2016

A couple of Open Events were run this weekend. First off on Saturday was the SCCU 10 on G10/57, myself and Jose Espinosa were riding from the club. It was a very cold morning with a surprisingly biting wind for mid-May. Well done to Jose who I think was riding his first Open event, and on a very difficult morning recorded a time of 27:43. This should come down as the weather improves and as he tweaks his new tt bike position. With a start time of 06:46, I struggled to wake up and rode a time of 24:52. The event was won by Chris McNamara with brother Simon in second.

Onto today and the Worthing Excelsior 25 TT on the Horsham/Crawley laps, this time myself and Simon Mitchell rode from the club. The temperature gauge was a few degrees higher but still with a chill and a fair breeze blowing. I rode a 01:01:45 which was 9 seconds faster than Simon. Thanks to Peter Delve for his vocal support on the Moorhead bridge, its' an incentive to push on if someone is cheering! Pete Tadros won the event in 52:06, well over a minute in front of the 2nd place Ben Elliott (53:43).

Congratulations to Simon who managed an excellent time on Thursday evening to win the Redmon Club 10 (G10/42 course), beating me by about 25 seconds.

Jon Fry


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