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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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|
Last Sunday saw the Cambridge Mountain Bike team put on one of the most dominant Varsity displays in recent years. Down at the Olympic course at Hadleigh Park the Cambridge team took a landslide victory claiming all top 5 spots and winning the Varsity for the third year in a row. The combination of amazing weather and standout performances led to a perfect day out.
The race was effectively won before the end of the first lap when our riders led the race out, swiftly dropping the entire Oxford team and ending up competing against each other for the podium spots. Fitz fresher Craig Rogers led the line and never looked back, he stormed to a fantastic debut win. I am sure he will continue to be dominant over the next few years. Very strong rides from second year Will Weatherill and third year PhD student Fin Allen saw Cambridge complete the podium by taking second and third place respectively. Thanks to Max Vesty and Robbie Blythe, Cambridge also claimed fourth and fifth, with the first Oxford rider coming in in sixth place.
Special congratulations must also go to Izaak Cobb and Alex Pantelides who, competing in their first MTB Varsity, added to a very strong team performance.
Other big shout outs must go to CUCC president Rob Walker for getting the team down there, Euan Tebbutt for not letting us down when given the van’s aux cord and to Elliot Scott and CUCC alumnus Seb Baucutt for providing great support* on the day.
All in all it was a fantastic day out for CUCC and the best race I’m proud to say I’ve been a part of with the MTB team. A MASSIVE congratulations to everyone involved. A big thanks to Oxford for organising this year’s event and we’ll see them next year to make it four from four.
CUCC MTB Captain
*Making sure everyone sent it down the A-line
Ely Hardriders isn’t just the first TT of the season that CUCC turn out to in force, but in fact only the second open TT of the season across the country! Being held in February, it is infamous for attracting terrible weather to what is possibly the sketchiest TT course going (even in good conditions!), and to top it all off, it’s in the Fens (I know there’s a few club members who in hushed tones would admit to enjoying the Fens, but I can assure you they’re misguided!).
Although a few riders were struck down with illness, CUCC nevertheless turned out in large numbers on the day, with 8 riders from a field of 43 starters and a keen eye on securing the team prize for another year in a row.
As expected, the heavy rain overnight continued for much of the morning, turning pothole-ridden roads into puddle filled roads with the potholes lurking just beneath the surface (lovely)! Warm-ups were mostly minimal, riders preferring the dry HQ to what lay ahead outside, but one-by-one we set out into the cold and onto the course.
Thankfully, all CUCC riders made it round without major incident, and on returning to the HQ, there were some fast times being posted across the board. The competition was very close at the sharp end, with Toby missing out on the win to CUCC alumnus and housemate Felix Barker by only 3 seconds, and Rob just a further 11s adrift in 3rd! We claimed 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 13th,17th and 26th place, as well as doing enough to win the team prize thanks to rides from Toby Cowell, Rob Walker and Lucas He.
A well-earned congratulations to all those that rode today, especially those taking part in their first 25-mile TT – they’re not all this nasty! A special mention goes to Lucas He, who was the fastest fresher on the day, completing the course in 58:41.
Photos by local stalwart Davey Jones.
|Jack Brown (AERT)||5th||58:10|
|John Mulvey (AERT)||–||DNSA|
Full results can be found here in due course.
The next major event on the race calendar is Varsity Cross-Country on 24th February (see below for sign-up), where we head to Hadleigh park in an attempt to retain the crown of Varsity XC champions!