Lecture – Helen Lloyd: A Take On Adventure Travel

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

Congratulations to Edmund J Bradbury!

Congratulations to former CUCC president Edmund J Bradbury on signing for UCI Continental squad NFTO Pro Cycling Team for the 2015 season, after a highly successful year racing for Cambridge University RT under the guidance of coach Mark Holt. We wish Ed all the best for the coming months and look forward to watching him compete in some of the biggest national and international races on the cycling calendar.

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.

Afan Forest Park

CUCC's mountain bikers recently took a well earned break from studying by spending a muddy weekend away in Afan, South Wales. The riders are already looking forward to a similar trip to Hope Valley in the Peak District next month.

National Hill Climb

More great racing news today. Hayley Simmonds (4:49.8) and Edmund J Bradbury (3:36.5) continued their run of good form by both coming 6th in the women's and men's championships respectively in the National Hill Climb at Pea Yoyd Lane, Stocksbridge. Felix Barker also put in a good performance, ascending the 1200 yard climb in 3:55.0 to secure 27th place. Congratulations to all three riders for their fantastic seasons. Bring on 2015!

BUCS Hill Climb

Extremely pleased to report that CUCC have dominated today's British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Hill Climb Championships by winning every medal on offer in an astonishing clean sweep (both men's and women's individual gold medals and men's and women's team gold medals).

Congratulations to Edmund J Bradbury (5:20.3) and defending champion Hayley Simmonds (6:43.5), who smashed last year's records by more than 20 seconds on their way to victory. Best of luck to them both in tomorrow's National Hill Climb Championships.

Well done to all of our riders today - their impressive times across the board secured us the team gold medals.

You can read a full report on The Tab or view all the Full Results

Men's results

1st Edmund Bradbury - 5:20.3
8th Felix Barker - 5:41.9
20th Callum Haseler - 5:57.0
33rd John Mulvey - 6:09.2
40th Matt Meek - 6:12.8
51st Mike Smith - 6:16.5
143rd Chuen Yan Leung - 7:11.9
153rd Matt Hogsden - 7:15.4
206th Alan Mujumdar - 8:07.2

Men's team results

1st Cambridge A - 16:59.2
11th Cambridge B - 18:38.5
50th Cambridge C - 22:34.5

Women's results

1st Hayley Simmonds - 6:43.5
27th Annarie Roossouw - 8:36.8
42nd Jess Atkinson - 9:25.3

Women's team results

1st Cambridge A - 15:20.3

Chrono des Nations time trial

Congratulations to Hayley Simmonds and Edmund J Bradbury for their impressive performances at the Chrono des Nations time trial last weekend, a UCI 1.1 race held in Vendee, France.

Simmonds, racing in the Elite/U23 women’s race against multiple national and international time trial champions, finished in a respectable 10th place after an unfortunate crash in the wet which saw her slip from a promising 1st place at the half way time check.

Bradbury, racing in the U23 men’s race, finished 1 minute 46 seconds behind the eventual winner, earning him a 3rd place in his first ever UCI race.

The duo will be looking to bring their seasons to a close this weekend with solid performances at the BUCS and National Hill Climb Championships on Saturday and Sunday respectively, along with Felix Barker, who has just returned from Italy where he has been competing in UCI races with Cycling Team Friuli. Good luck!

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