Horsham & Crawley CTC Member Group
We are a group of CTC members living in the north of West Sussex - ranging from Rudgwick in the west to East Grinstead in the east. We enjoy riding through the wonderful countryside around us and have grouped together in order to provide a programme of rides throughout the year. Our rides are generally unhurried and are planned at an average speed of about 10 mph, thus making them suitable for most riders. We provide a friendly welcome to fellow cyclists on our rides whether CTC members or not, pride ourselves on our knowledge of the local routes and are proud of the fact that we never leave anyone behind.
Further down this page you can find more information about us and details of forthcoming rides. This list also appears in the West Sussex CTC Member Group publication "The Pedaller" but the version on this page should always be viewed as the definitive one as it is more up to date.
The best place to see what we're doing is our Meetup page.
Upcoming rides feature on our Meetup page and any last minute changes/details can be found there. Joining our Meetup group is free and you can then indicate whether you will be attending our ride and be able to ask questions about it.
Our Facebook Group is a place in which we occasionally post various photos and chitter-chatter. Click on: Horsham and Crawley CTC
Write ups of rides back in 2016 and earlier are available in the Blog that we kept back then. Our Flickr page also contains photos from some of our past rides.
17/03/2020: Cycling UK have said that we should cancel all group rides for the time being (on Government advice). Therefore, until further notice we will NOT be running any Club Rides. However, there is nothing to stop individuals going out for a solo ride if they are fit and healthy and showing no signs of the COVID-19 virus. Just avoid other people but get some exercise.
Anyone and Everyone is welcome to take part in our rides, but we would expect people to join our Group after two or three rides in order to make a contribution towards our costs (membership is only £5 a year).
n.b. as we are a CTC Member Group, individual CTC membership is also necessary to fully benefit from the insurance and discounts available.
Here are our upcoming rides, don't forget to update us in Meetup to say you're joining us on a ride:
|Date||Start||Start Time||Title||Leader(s)||Surface; Length; Difficulty||Description|
|22-Mar||Group Ride Cancelled - perhaps go for a solo ride if you are well?||You||Keep your distance from others, take a packed lunch and stop at your favourite spot?||Post your ride on Strava and discuss with other club members to keep the club spirit going?|
|29-Mar||Group Ride Cancelled - perhaps go for a solo ride if you are well?||You||Pick a loop and see how fast you can ride it?|
|05-Apr||HPP||10:00||Provisional: watch this space
DA Event - Freewheel
|Bob||Road, 35 miles easy/medium||DA Event. Lunch at Queens Head, West Chiltington, Freewheel down Woods Hill afterwards.|
|12-Apr||TBR||10:00||Provisional: watch this space Camelia Botnar||Frank||Road, 35 miles, medium||Easter Sunday Road ride 3|
|19-Apr||HPP||09:30||Provisional: watch this space
A forking good ride
|Adam||Road, 40 miles, medium||A forking good ride|
|26-Apr||TBR||09:30||Provisional: watch this space
Playing in the woods
|Bob||Off road, you choose how hard you make it. Probably muddy but fun.||Mountain biking in Tilgate Forest.
Forest trails in Tilgate Park and Tilgate forest.
|03-May||HPP||09:30||Provisional: watch this space
|Adam||On road and downs link, 42, medium||On-road and downs link north|
|10-May||HPP||09:30||Provisional: watch this space
|Kevin||Off road, 35 miles, hard||Playing in the woods on B/Holiday weekend (avoiding Run Gatwick and the Commercial Vehicle run).|
|17-May||PUL||10:00||Provisional: watch this space
|Pete||25-ish miles||DA Event - Bicycle Treasure Hunt - further details to come|
|24-May||TBR||10:30||Around Crawley||Gordon||A gentle pootle on cycle tracks and residential roads exploring the parks and neighbourhoods of Crawley||A gentle pootle along leafy cycle tracks and residential roads of Crawley.
Beginners ride starting at 10:30 at Three Bridges.
|24-May||HPP||10:00||A trip to Crawley||tbc||Road, 40 miles, medium||Ride starting at HPP, meet at Crawters Brook (11:30), cycle together to Crawley High Street for a lunch stop, then back to HPP via Ifield.|
|31-May||TBR||09:30||Corinne's (belated) birthday ride||Corinne & Gordon||All on tarmac.
40 miles - Medium (gentle lanes with a few short hills).
45 miles - Hard for Ditchling Beacon option
|Quiet Lanes to an early lunch stop in Hassocks. On through Ditchling (with an optional ascent of Ditchling beacon) and returning on lanes, and NCN 20.|
|07-Jun||HPP||09:30||Surrey Dip||Corinne||Road, 35 miles, medium|
|HPP||09:30||Worlds Biggest Bike Ride||Bob||Heading southwest of Horsham for a sunny (I hope) day on some wonderful Lanes, stopping for a pub lunch somewhere nice....||This ride is timed to coincide with other CTC rides around the country in order to collectively claim the title "World's Biggest Bike Ride"|
|14-Jun||Oriel School||10:30||Crawley Family Bike Ride||Gordon||Cycle Track, 18 miles.||The annual family bike ride along the Worth Way to East Grinstead. Almost completely traffic free.|
|21-Jun||HPP||10:00||South of Horsham||Adam||Road, 30. easy/medium||Midsummers Day ride (avoiding the BHF London to Brighton ride).|
|28-Jun||TBD||09:30||Hooley||Adam||Road, 40 miles, flat (apart from one massive hill)||What goes up must come down|
|04/05-Jul||La Belle France||Adam||French weekend trip|
|05-Jul||TBD||10:00||Heaven Farm||Ros||Meet Ride Leader Imberhorne Lane bridge over Worth Way @ 10:45|
BRS - Billingshurst Railway Station
CHI - Chichester Railway Station (north side)
CK2 - Crawley K2 Leisure Centre
EGS - East Grinstead Station (at bottom of steps)
HPP - Horsham Park Pavilion (Swimming Centre )
LIB - Crawley Library
PG - Polegate Railway Station (car park)
PUL - Pulborough Railway Station
PWB - Pulborough Wild Brooks RSPB Centre (cafe)
TBR - Three Bridges Railway Station
WIS - Wisborough Green