Welcome to CUCC
Welcome to the University of Cambridge Cycling Club
We cater for all University members, providing access to all cycling disciplines, for beginners through 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.
News about training, races, and results will be posted here, check out our calendar of upcoming events on 'Training & Events'.
Report by Tom Simpson . . .
The 2016 Varsity mountain bike XC was held on a chilly Sunday in February at Crowthorne Woods in Berkshire. The team, which left Cambridge at 6:00am (already demonstrating their greater commitment over Oxford by waking up an hour earlier), consisted of captain Matt Rodgers, myself, old hand Fin Allen, ‘retired’ 24-hour racer Andrew Clark and fresher Danny Taylor. Reaching Crowthorne two hours later we threw in a practice lap of the course, Danny making good use of his kneepads after snagging a tree; between us, our 780mm bars made us more rad but also more bloody-fingered on the twisty woodland course. We had time for a brief introduction with the team from The Other Place [Oxford] and found that our universities’ engineering prowess had resulted in not one but two home-built bikes being raced.
The nine of us lined up on the start line together after giving the category with which we shared the race a five minute head start. Oxford’s female rider, Tamara Davenne, competed separately in the women’s race, topping the podium. Meanwhile in the men’s Varsity, split seconds after the starting horn, a loud crunching and cursing indicated a bad start for Oxford’s Tom Everitt with a broken chain. The start was fast, but I held second followed by two more Oxfords and the Cambridge team into the first single track section. Unfortunately they soon edged past, but I held the third’s wheel with Matt in close pursuit behind, managing to pull him back and take a chunk of time through the second and third laps. The winding course gave regular sightings of Andy and Fin working their way through the men’s field with which they had made contact soon after the start.Continue reading
Well done to the 22 riders who rode our Freshers’ TT this afternoon. Particular congratulations goes to the fastest male and female riders of the day, Sam Bell (Trinity) and Rachel Grewcock (Trinity), who completed the 10km course in 13mins 56secs and 17mins 38secs respectively to claim the Espresso Library jerseys.
Location: Stow cum Quy village hall.
Thanks to all those who turned up and raced, and thanks to all those who helped marshal. Emmanuel won the Women’s Cuppers and Girton won the Men’s. Congratulations to Hayley Simmonds and Edmund Bradbury for the fastest individual times.
Full results can be found here.
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.
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.