Off to see the Marshall in Horsham

Once again we were off to Horsham this to meet up with one of our members who was sitting on the roundabout above the A24 marshalling a 25 mile time trial for the Redmon cycling club. Now I'm pretty much all in favour of riding a bike in any situation but I struggle to see why 200 riders wanted to be riding up and down the A264 and A24 on a Sunday morning. Yes it is quite a laugh cruising along at 25mph or more on the flat roads for a short while, and yes statistically these busy roads are not more dangerous than other roads but it certainly feels more dangerous and the risks some riders took entering the roundabout while we were, in my opinion, greater than is conducive to a long life.

Anyway we were forced to take the A24 for 2 junctions and then a short section of the A264 East which since we were on fast A roads it would have been rude not to have put the hammer down for some proper speed work. Then we returned to minor roads and a much more civilised ride back through Rusper, then a blast to Newdigate and on to Henfold lakes for some breakfast. The Sun was out the day is glorious and so trying to ride at more than 25mph was the order of the day, perhaps I can see the pull of those A roads after all.

After that it was the quick flat way home to wind up with a distance of 72 miles and an average speed of 16.9mph.

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Average 16.8 MPH.... what was the maximum? Doesn't your new speedometer record that for you? Anyway, it looks like you had gorgeous weather for the ride. I was watching a couple EPFL football matches yesterday, and the number of fans who were sunbathing was startling....

Posted by Geoff Arnold on April 15, 2007 at 12:51 PM BST #

Actually the average was 16.9mph, I remembered wrongly when I wrote the now updated post.

Max was 39.3mph. The maximum speed is not as interesting (to me) as it really just tells you how steep and straight one hill was. Hence I tend to only report it if it is over 40mph at which point it becomes interesting for other reasons.

The weather was superb, very early in the ride my feet got a bit chilly but then the sun burnt off any remaining mist for a brilliant day. I may even have got a bit of a sun tan from it.

Posted by Chris Gerhard on April 16, 2007 at 12:29 AM BST #

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