Surrey Cycle Racing League Saturday 7th March 2020 - Dunsfold Road Race

Yesterday saw the opening event of the 2020 race calendar of the Surrey Cycle Racing League. One of our club members, Michael Sleeman, was entered into the morning 3rd Category race been run on the Dunsfold village course (6.7 miles x 8 laps), so I decided to cycle over and spectate/carry bottles.

A big field of about 60 riders took to the start line and the pace was fast from the drop of the flag. With it being raced on the country lanes (potholes and narrow roads), it meant racers could not hide in the pack. Those at the back were in danger of missing a break if the wheel was not held by rider in front of you. This happened on the first lap as 3 groups formed and unfortunately Michael was stuck in the back group early on. He did well to push a fast pace for the following six laps, sharing the work with fellow riders.

Jim Kerr from the club was also there helping out with the BC marshalling. It was good to catch up with him, along with Matt Twelvetrees (punctured) and Tomas Berezniovas who members may know.

Surrey League event details can be found on the following website Horsham Cycling are affiliated to the league and organise 2 events on the Dunsfold Aerodrome course. Those members starting out as 4th Cat members do need to complete two Race Prep events before entering Surrey League races - these are not required for British Cycling races.

Jon Fry (Racing Sub-Committee)


Horsham Cycling Hosts Surrey League Road Race at Dunsfold

On Friday 11th May 2018 Horsham Cycling hosted the first road race as part of the Surrey League at Dunsfold Aerodrome.

The event took place in cool and quite breezy conditions over 10 laps of the perimeter road. It was certainly an interesting event to be involved in with British Cycling officials in attendance and a following car and ambulance to accompany the peloton on the race. All went smoothly with no problems or crashes which was at no little relief.

There were a significant number of HC members assisting in the organisation which was great to see. Signing on was covered by Jon Fry, Gary Thayre and Julie Briggs under the watchful eyes of the BC commissaire. On marshalling we had Malcolm Curtis, Dale Baldwin and Tim Peters ably waving red flags and warning oncoming vehicles - the perimeter road is actually open to the public and there are occasional vehicles on the circuit nut luckily no planes.Helping on the finish line was Matt Andrews doing the lap board and helping manning the photo finish and judging the finish. Finally we had Bryn freshly returned from his holiday waving the chequered flag - a career beckons in Formula 1 I reckon.

We also had three HC riders in the race; Tom Plowman, Simon Briggs and Lloyd Griffin who all finished in the bunch in 13th, 21st and 29th places respectively. Well done guys and hopefully we'll have a few more racers from HC entering over the coming Fridays.

Steve Strickland


Since gaining my 3rd category licence midway through 2017 I had not road raced since. So it was with some trepidation I took to the start line this morning for the first Preston Park race of 2018. The winter training obviously paid off as I was able to hold the changes in pace and stay near the front without putting my nose into the wind. The Cycle Rooms were also well represented with familiar second claim HC members (Simon Mitchell, Matt Andrews, Ant Hall, Bradley Burke, and Tomas B).

The track is pan flat therefore usually ends in bunch sprint finishes. Sure enough, today was no change for those who dealt with the changes in pace to close down attacks. With the bell rung for the last lap I found myself a little too far down the pack to make an impact on the top 10. I was pleased to finish in the top 15 for my first race of the season and first time in with the 3rd Cats. Onwards and upwards for the next race there on 18th February.

The Preston Park races are organised by Velopace and do not require the Surrey League training days. Therefore if you have BC membership and a race licence you will be able to sign up for the next two 4th cat races on 18th Feb and 1st April. Let me know if you have any queries about racing there.

Jon Fry


Course G10/46 Oakwood Hill

The Saturday morning sun quickly dried the roads after the overnight rain as 33 riders from Horsham Cycling, Cranleigh CC & Dorking CC faced Messrs Delve & Ferry at the start line.

The overall prize for the Inter Club competition is based on the aggregate time of the fastest six riders from each Club.

After last year's success by Horsham Cycling, the tables were turned this year with Dorking CC coming out on top with an aggregate time of 2:35:15, compared to Horsham Cycling's aggregate time of 2:36:56. Cranleigh CC's aggregate time was 2:39:55.

The individual prize winners were;

Fastest man Dan Cole Dorking CC 24:34

Fastest woman Camilla King Cranleigh CC 26:37

Fastest U18 Jacob Cann Horsham Cycling 26:45

Fastest road bike Carl Wichman Cranleigh CC 25:28

Congratulations to Horsham's Jacob Cann for being the fastest U18 rider, following in the wheel tracks of Bradley Burke who won last year.

Best placed Horsham rider was Jon Fry who came 2nd with a course PB time of 24:51. While the day's unlucky rider was Martine Burke who punctured near Forest Green. Husband Phil rode past her to finish in 30:01 Phil you should have sprinted for the finish before he jumped into his car to go back and rescue her.

The results of all Horsham's riders are below;

Posn Number Name Actual time Cat Comments

2 32 Jon Fry 00:24:51

= 4 26 Dale Baldwin 00:25:39

8 23 Tim Peters 00:26:12

10 21 Roland Kitson 00:26:23

15 28 Jacob Cann 00:26:45 RB U18

18 17 Stephen Copeland 00:27:06

26 9 Phil Burke 00:30:01

28 14 Gary Holder 00:30:41

30 6 Katie Simmonds 00:30:51 RB

34 3 Martine Burke DNF RB Punctured

In total, 289.78 was raised between the three Clubs from entries and donations. This money is once again being donated to the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance and beats last year's total of 250.

A big thank you to "Team Horsham" who made the day happen; Tim Peters, Dale Baldwin, Malcolm Curtis, Stew Forbes, Peter Golding, Steve Strickland, John Chaplin, Peter Delve, Colin Ferry, Dianne Cann & Coralie Clarke.

And finally, a big thank you to all those people that provided cake donations and generally "mucked in" on the day.

Without any of you help we would not be able to run this event and make it such an enjoyable occasion for all participants from the three Clubs.

Hopefully, next year, we'll see some more of you either racing or helping on the day.

Photos of the event were taken by Mike Baker of Dorking CC and can be found here;

Bryn Reeves

Racing Sub-committee


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


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