Cambridge University Cycling Club
We cater for all University members, providing access to all cycling disciplines from beginners to elite athletes.
As well as competing in BUCS races, we regularly organise social and touring rides which allow beginners to improve their fitness and to discover the countryside around Cambridge and beyond.
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After a fairly solid start to the season, with a host of open victories under our belt, we were itching to get started with our 2019 BUCS Time Trial campaign. Hoping to repeat the success from last year (including topping the BUCS cycling table and a national TTT title), we were somewhat confident in continuing our domination. However, the best-laid plans….
Saturday 23rd March – BUCS TTT
With a host of new talent coming into the club, we had 3 men’s teams and 1 women’s entered to race round the quite rolling 22 mile course in the Cotswold hills. A north-easterly wind meant for some fast conditions, with our course record from 2018 looking under threat, but hopefully only from our A team!
The first bit of bad news came when an unfortunate last-minute virus caused us to have to pull our Women’s team from the event, but we were still hopeful of bringing home a raft of BUCS points regardless.
Our first team off on the day consisted of a squad of freshers (Jack Kellam 1st year PhD, Lucas He and Toby Antippas both 1st year Natscis). A late arrival meant that they couldn’t recce the course before-hand, meaning the team took two wrong turns, and as a result lost about 90 seconds. Coming home in a still respectable 50:54 in 17th place, still beating lots of other A teams. Who knows what could’ve been!
The next team off the line was our Men’s B team, consisting of a trio of northerners; ever impressive fresher Craig Rogers (on his lovely Cervelo P3), Men’s Race Captain Jack Brown, and the ever rapid Toby Cowell. Things seemed to be going to plan, but then Toby’s nose decided to spontaneously start bleeding, leading to a very red skinsuit and a load of breathing struggles. They came home in a very creditable 5th place (only 4 seconds off 4th) in a time of 47:43, beating all but 4 uni A teams. With a few more years yet to come, it’s looking positive for the future!
After a short briefing to the A team, consisting of veterans Seb Dickson, John Mulvey and joined by President Rob Walker. Our guys were on for a storming time when an unfortunate racing incident from Rob meant we only finished with two riders. Unfortunately, it’s an example of how unpredictable bike racing can be, but we’ll be back again with a vengeance next year!
|Uni of Cam B||47:43|
|Uni of Cam C||50:54|
|Uni of Cam A||(49:52)|
Saturday 6th April – BUCS 10
Putting a disappointing day behind us from the TTT, we collected ourselves and targeted the next event; BUCS 10. With a load of success at previous editions of this race, we were hoping we could once again go well and get back on top. We had a squad of 12 set out to sunny Oxford, on the 10-mile version of the course than had brought us much success at Varsity last year.
We had a few riders off early doors, with Tom Adams our first rider home in a new PB of 23:29. The ever-keen Anne-Marie Bowring set off just two minutes behind Tom, and also set a new PB of 28:28 (on a road bike with clip-ons!).
Next off came Rob Walker, hoping to set a strong early marker. A 20:44 was recorded, a good time despite a turbulent week of training leading up to the event. After a rapid rise to the very top of the CUCC racing squad, Toby Cowell then set the quickest early time for us, recording a 20:21, showing us that conditions were quite difficult out on the course.
Our very own Welshman Jack Kellam was next off, improving on his previous 10m PB set at Cuppers by over a minute, recording a 21:07. The theme of tropical students then continued, with Flora (hailing from slighty-less-sunny-than-Wales Australia) recording a 25:04. This was narrowly short of coming top-20 overall, but a great ride none the less!
A slight bit of number trouble ensued for Freshers’ TT victor Toby Antippas (pinning number 66 upside down, and only realising 2 minutes before his start), but regardless he came home with a 20:46, also a PB in only his second 10-mile TT! Then came Men’s Race Captain Jack, who after a strong run of form in open events up in Yorkshire, recorded a 19:56, to sit provisional joint 2nd on the day.
After impressing at the TTT, fresher Craig Rogers did a new PB of a 21:36, coming to the realisation that he much prefers riding uphill and not along dual carriageways. Women’s captain and cyclocross star Ffion James then set a 23:29, which ended up being the 7th fastest time of the day, not bad considering it was the first ride on the TT bike she borrowed days before!
Only two more CUCC riders were yet to ride, in the ever-ancient pairing of Seb Dickson and John Mulvey. An ill-timed car puncture added even more pressure than normal to Seb, but despite this he brought home the fastest CUCC time of the day with a 19:36, narrowly missing out on the Bronze medal by 4 seconds. John followed behind to record a 19:49, good enough to get 7th on the day.
At the end of the day, we had Seb, John and Jack bringing home the Team Silver with a combined time of 59:21, agonizingly close to the 59:15 that a strong Nottingham team recorded to win Gold. Flora and Ffion’s combined time got them 5th Women’s team on the day, gaining CUCC some of those precious BUCS points. 7 of our 12-strong squad also recorded PB’s. Well done all!
|7||Ffion James||23:29 (pb)|
|23||Flora Harpley-Green||25:04 (pb)|
|43||Anne-Marie Bowring||28:28 (pb)|
|28||Toby Antippas||20:46 (pb)|
|34||Jack Kellam||21:07 (pb)|
|45||Craig Rogers||21:36 (pb)|
|69||Tom Adams||23:29 (pb)|
The second of the early season events after the Great Ely Hardriders saw an absolutely massive 18 CUCC members entered for the solo event.
However, an equally significant forecast for 40mph gusts caused a similarly large 5 people to think better of it and report a DNS and heavy use of synonyms for ‘big’.
As in previous years it also looked to serve as an initial shakedown for Varsity, with 5 OUCC on the startsheet and some strong pre race chat.
The conditions did in fact turn out to be miserable, with early riders out complaining and worrying the later starters. In the end, only 2 from OUCC turned up, so we can ignore them, as we would have done anyway.
Jack Kellam pulled out a stunning ride to take 4 and a half minutes of his PB in 56:26 and a provisional 3rd place with it – in his 2nd ever open TT! One to watch.
4s back was Toby on his P5, with Toby on his P5 a further 16s back – provisionally taking the team prize and with it the ‘Dick Murphy Memorial Trophy’ for the fastest team from a London East Club.
Flora did 1:17:55, which looks good for a provisional 2nd in the Womens Event.
Andy Salkeld pulled out a 1:06:54 – a very strong ride from the only bloke on a road bike!
A few events stand out: Lucas He recorded an 8 minute late start (not included in the times below), which was impressive.
However, Andy Salkeld, yawning and stretching his arms, got out of bed to take up the challenge. Not realising that, unlike the club run, Greater Anglia will not wait for you if you have a relationship with your alarm clock that is purely advisory, Andy recorded what must be a club record 41 minute late start. (The Comp record for actually riding 25 miles currently stands at 42:58, for comparison). Chapeau! Now get your life in order.
Tom Adams went so fast he managed to catch someone who started 10 minutes after him (or maybe they turned early?!). Finally, Toby Antippas queued up behind people all signing the sign on sheet at Sign On, reached over the Signing on Sheet at the Sign On, took the number at Sign On, but did not in fact Sign On to the Signing On sheet at Sign On. Easy mistake to make I guess?
Recent alumnus Seb Baucutt did a 1:14:42.
The 2Up Event saw 16 pairs entered, but 3 of them DNS’d with the forecast 40mph winds due to come in just in time for the start of this event.
CUCC was represented by an executive pairing of the President and General Secretary (Rob Walker and Seb Dickson), and would also see the first clash between CUCC and its progeny and reigning National Team Time Trial Champions John Mulvey and Felix Barker for ActiveEdgeRT.
Whilst the winds did pick up, it was nowhere near as bad as forecast (Felix ‘Mystic’ Barker’s prediction ‘oh it’ll be fine’ coming good- how does he do it?). As the forecast was for it to be terrible, it was still fairly grim.
Rob’s Calves and Seb recorded a 52:48, shaving 5s off the club record set by Seb and John Mulvey in the same event two years prior.
Seb’s skinsuit gave up after all of 300m leading to a nasty case of nether numbness. This is best left to the imagination (preferably not even there lets be honest), a privilege alas denied to anyone unfortunate enough to see them around the course. This was actually his spare skinsuit, having neglected to have washed his main (and structurally integral) skinsuit since BUCS Track in December.
In a bit of an upset, this was also good enough to hold off ActiveEdge for nearly a minute with 53:43. No other pair made it under the hour, making it a dominant display by CUCC and its alumni!
|Toby Antippas||56:30 (after a bit of grovelling to the event organiser that is)|
|Carrie Bedingfield||01:17:55 (deffo not Flora)|
On Saturday, CUCC was out in force for our annual intercollegiate Cuppers TT – over 50 riders from 21 colleges vying for glory on the 10 mile Bottisham course.
The brisk wind on the day meant we all set off for the first 5 miles feeling like Bradley Wiggins before being brought back down to Earth by a soul-crushing return 5 miles into the wind.
Despite this everyone seemed in high spirits back at the race HQ, but that may have been more down to the excellent food on offer from head chef Alex Petter (we hope no-one left with food poisoning).
After crunching the numbers the rankings are as follows:
Men’s podium: Jack Brown from Gonville and Caius (20:23), Rob Walker from Pembroke (20:37) and Toby Cowell from St Catherine’s (21:22).
Women’s podium: Ffion James from Girton (27:19), Elspeth Grace from Girton (27:57) and Melody Swiers from Fitzwilliam (28:13).
Special mention goes to the winner of the MTB/Town bike category – Robbie Blythe from Sidney Sussex putting in a time of 27:48.
1st – 23 points – Girton College (thanks to their flying ladies placing 1st and 2nd)
2nd – 20 points – Gonville and Caius College
3rd – 17 points – Fitzwilliam College
The team from Girton went home with the brand new CUCC Cuppers trophy – kindly donated by Jenny and Mark Grenfell-Shaw in memory of John, their son, who was a keen time-triallist and well-loved member of the club. The trophy will be engraved and handed on each year to the triumphant college. We’ll have to see if Girton can hold on to it next year!
Photos from the event, Courtesy of Davey Jones (the good ones at least) here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=15LMdVWNavlbjhnnmYn6pHSczsCR9_DGY
|Girton||23||1||Jack Brown||20:23||1||Ffion James||27:19|
|Gonville and Caius||20||2||Rob Walker||20:37||2||Elspeth Grace||27:57|
|Fitzwilliam||17||3||Toby Cowell||21:22||3||Melody Swiers||28:13|
|Jesus||14||4||Seb Dickson||21:38||4||Olivia Jamrog||29:03|
|St Catherine's||13||5||Lucas He||21:55||5||Anne-Marie Bowring||30:22|
|Pembroke||12||6||Toby Antippas||22:01||6||Marilou Boddé||31:15|
|St Edmond's||10||7||Craig Rogers||22:15||7||Celia Kessler||31:41|
|Corpus Christi||9||8||Jack Kellam||22:36||8||Hannah Walker||32:20|
|Lucy Cavendish||8||9||James Lello||23:24|
|Hughs Hall||6||11||George Spooner||23:53|
|Sidney sussex||3||13||Fabio Albertani||24:05|
|1||Jack Brown||20:23||31||James Burdett||26:43|
|2||Rob Walker||20:37||32||Ffion James||27:19|
|3||Toby Cowell||21:22||33||Matt Davison||27:39|
|4||Seb Dickson||21:38||34||Neil Ibata||27:46|
|5||Lucas He||21:55||35||Robbie Blythe||27:48|
|6||Toby Antippas||22:01||36||Timothy Wesh||27:50|
|7||Craig Rogers||22:15||37||Elspeth Grace||27:57|
|8||Jack Kellam||22:36||38||Daniel Hayes||28:00|
|9||James Lello||23:24||39||Silas Bonestroo||28:05|
|10||Jonny Bodey||23:32||40||Melody Swiers||28:13|
|11||George Spooner||23:53||41||Daniel Eatough||28:29|
|12||Dan O'Riordan||24:00||42||Sean Irving||28:49|
|13||Fabio Albertani||24:05||43||Joe Bishop||28:57|
|14||Jali Packer||24:21||44||Johannes Theron||29:02|
|15||Tom Adams||24:31||45||Olivia Jamrog||29:03|
|16||Matt Bond||24:33||46||Lawrence Hollom||29:15|
|17||Nick Grogan||24:42||47||Anne-Marie Bowring||30:22|
|18||Kelvin Gomez||24:44||48||Marilou Boddé||31:15|
|19||Will Weatherill||24:45||49||Celia Kessler||31:41|
|20||Max Vesty||25:00||50||Hannah Walker||32:20|