What we're about

Horsham & Crawley CTC is a friendly not-for-profit cycling group for people living in or near Horsham and Crawley in West Sussex and is the local group of Cycling UK (formerly Cyclists Touring Club). We organise bike rides every Sunday usually starting from Three Bridges Station or Horsham Park Pavilions. A typical ride is 30 to 40 miles long with some longer rides in the summer months and once a month we have a short two hour ride aimed at those new to cycling. Rides are moderately paced usually averaging at about 10 to 12 mph. The majority of rides are along quiet country lanes although we do try and offer rides to cater for all tastes including some off road rides. We also offer occasional weekends away and holidays in the UK and abroad. Don't worry about coming along to a ride which not many people appear to have signed up for on Meetup. There'll be other Cycling UK members there too.

We are a Member Group of Cycling UK - Britain's premier cycling charity founded in 1878 –and you're welcome to come on two or three rides after which you will be expected to join Cycling UK or provide evidence of belonging to an affiliated club such as British Cycling. before joining as a full paid-up member. All normal club rides are free of charge but we do ask that you make a £5 annual contribution to group expenses. Cycling UK membership will allow you to come on as many rides as you like with us and all other groups across the UK. Your subscription will support Cycling UK's work encouraging people to take up cycling and championing cyclists’ rights. Membership provides third party insurance, a bi-monthly magazine, access to free cycling related legal advice, route information, discounted YHA and National Heritage membership as well as discounts at a number of cycle shops. If you're interested in enjoying the beautiful Sussex countryside on a bike, we believe this is one of the best options on Meetup. Unlike other Meetup groups run for profit, our ride leaders won't ask you for a penny. They lead rides simply to share their love of the countryside and cycling and give something back to the group. For more information about Cycling UK, take a look at its main websites at http://www.cyclinguk.org and our member group site at http://www.cyclinguk.org/local-groups/horsham-crawley

Patron: Her Majesty The Queen

President: Jon Snow

Chief Executive: Paul Tuohy

Cycling UK is a trading name of Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC) a company limited by guarantee, registered in England no: 25185. Registered as a charity in England and Wales charity no: 1147607 and in Scotland charity no: sco42541. Registered office: Parklands, Railton Road, Guildford, Surrey GU2 9JX.

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Upcoming events (4+)

Heaven Farm Ashdown Loop

Three Bridges Station

Combined Road and Worth Way
40miles Medium

Ride on Sunday 23rd Jan starting at Three Bridges Station at 10:00am. We will ride the Worth Way to Imberhorne Lane to meet up with leader Ros at 10:45. Ros will then lead us on a ride on some of the lanes of Ashdown Forest. We will have a refreshment stop at Heaven Farm.

Southern Belle

The Pavilions In The Park

35 miles medium - leave Horsham via Worthing Road and Two Mile Ash Road, Barns Green, coffee at Billingshurst, then via Dial Post and Ashurst to Partridge Green for lunch (25 miles). Back to Horsham via Maplehurst.

Sarf into Sussex! Followed by Runslist Meeting

Three Bridges Station

A short slow-paced ride along cycle tracks and narrow lanes, south of Crawley. Medium (some hills), 25 miles (+optional extra)

Leaving Three Bridges station cycle racks at 10:00, we will take the Worth Way and then ascend towards Turners Hill before turning back West before heading South along Back Lane with far reaching views to the South Downs. After taking the aptly named Stoney Lane we climb away from Balcombe before another long descent towards Staplefield.

Depending on the weather and the speed of the group we will then choose our route back through Slaugham and Pease Pottage. Depending on the make-up of the group we may split into two groups with one group taking an extra loop.

We aim to get back into Crawley at 13:30, when the quarterly runslist meeting will be hosted. There will be simple hot food provided and we will devise the schedule of rides for the April, May and June in front of wood burning stove.

Ruby's Cafe via Leith Hill (the easy way)

The Pavilions In The Park

32 mile road ride to the club's favourite cafe, Ruby's at Capel.
Ruby's cafe has indoor and outdoor seating.
The ride is graded medium-hard as it goes up and around Leith Hill, but we will ride the easiest route of the eight possible routes in the "Leith Hill Octopus". This ride is an excellent opportunity for new riders to go up Leith Hill, a favourite for cyclists in Surrey and Sussex. We will ride slowly and rest regularly. Walking up is fine. We welcome everybody on this ride and new riders can take the opportunity to ride or walk up Leith Hill and enjoy the beauty of this scenic area of South East England that we are fortunate to have on our doorstep.

Past events (375)

Jungle Cafe - Ashington

The Pavilions In The Park

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