Tour to Ely

Emilie Lostis writes:

Yesterday saw CUCC’s first touring ride of the year. It was a short social trip to Ely, with impressive attendance by 11 keen cyclists. We set of at 9.30am, and as the group was particularly fast, we reached Ely before 11am. We had a look around town, and were approached by an elderly gentleman near the Cathedral who was very happy to see us there as he’d been somehow involved with the club back in the days!

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The Tourists at Ely Cathedral

 

He was only too happy to take a few pictures of us, after which we explored the vegan market that was on in the city centre. Everyone experimented with animal-free nibbles with more or less satisfaction (the Wandering Yak van got our seal of approval, but the rice milk in the coffees less so…), and with a full belly we got back on the road.

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The Vegan Market

 

All but 2 decided to join the ride home – slightly longer and faster through the Fens – despite the easy option of a train back offered, and everyone made it home safely by 2pm.

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It was great to see so many enthusiastic students on the road, and we’ll be planning many more themed rides throughout the year!Continue reading

Freshers TT 2016

The freshers TT was held on Saturday the 8th and was a huge success.

Involving one lap round a course near Newton (Start in Newton and keep turning left for about 10km until you are back where you started) it is deceptively hard.

There was a range of equipment on display, from rather flashy carbon to humble Town bikes, but everyone got round almost (!) without incident.

Our winners on the day were Rob Walker (Pembroke) and Emilie Lostis, who both will be getting a jersey from Espresso Library as a prize.
Rob’s time of 13:22 was one of (if not the ) fastest  recorded, over a minute clear of second placed Luke Fisher of Tit hall, who himself did a time that would have won it in previous years! Continue reading

Lecture – Helen Lloyd: A Take On Adventure Travel

Feb 5, 2015 – 7pm
Pavilion Room, Hughes Hall CB1 2EW
Presented by Cambridge University Expeditions Society
Facebook event: here

Helen Lloyd has cycled 45,000km through 45 countries – under the Saharan sun and across Siberia in winter. She has also made remote journeys by river and horse. She talks about different styles of travel and what it’s like to travel alone.

Helen Lloyd was born in 1981 and grew up in Norfolk. She studied, and until recently worked in, engineering, juggling this with hockey, rowing, biking, adventure-racing and various other sports.A knee injury curtailed her sporting participation, but gave her extra time to indulge in other passions… namely travel and photography. The end result was that she quit her job, left England on a bike and cycled through Africa on her way to Cape Town, photographing all the way.

Come and hear about Helen’s adventures! Refreshments provided.

 

Lecture – Can science make a cyclist faster?

Jan 30, 2015
Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College
Presented by Trinity College Engineering Society.

Today’s sports are very professional and no stone is unturned in the quest to go faster, higher, further. Cycling leads most Olympic sports in its approach to technology intervention, simply because the speeds involved make attention to the pointers that simple engineering analysis reveal as important pays dividends, especially when the margins for victory can be so very small. Professor Tony Purnell of the University’s Engineering Department is the Head of Technology for British Cycling and will provide an overview of how science and technology have contributed to the raw speed of all Olympic cycling disciplines. He will show that it’s not just about incremental gains, but also about avoiding increment losses. Materials technology, sports science, aerodynamics, friction engineering, physiology and nutrition all contribute although these have to been seen in context with the bigger picture that there are no silver bullets. Determination, hard work and a clear mind still dominate, not to mention a good deal of talent.

Free and open to all. Refreshments from 18:45.

Winter Training Camp

Many thanks to Citrus Cycling Holidays & Training for once again hosting our annual winter training camp in the Valencia region of Spain.

Newport Velodrome

Great training session at Newport Velodrome this morning, with the riders developing their bike handling skills quickly and progressing onto more technical drills. We're now looking forward to continuing our preparations for the BUCS Track Championships in May next year with more track sessions during the Lent term.

CUCC 2014/15

With more than 160 excited freshers signing up to receive more information about CUCC at this week’s Freshers’ Fair, the club has a promising Michaelmas term ahead. We are looking forward to seeing how Cambridge’s new arrivals perform at our Freshers’ Time Trial on Saturday.

Upcoming Events:

11th October 2014: FRESHERS’ TT
25th October 2014 BUCS Hill Climb (Cubar Gap)
12/04/2015 BUCS 10 Mile TT (Oxford)
18&19/04/15 BUCS Downhill – (tbc)
19/04/2015 BUCS 3up TT (Bath) – (tbc)
25/04/2015 BUCS 25 Mile TT (Cambridge)
09/05/2015 BUCS Road Race (York)
23&24/05/2015 BUCS Track (Manchester)