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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At this term’s Men’s Blues Committee meeting it was unanimously agreed to confer an extraordinary award of a Half Blue to John Grenfell-Shaw.
Those of you who were members of CUCC between the years of 2015 and 2018 will have known ‘Gren’, either as a remarkably keen and industrious novice in his first year; or maybe looked up to him as a capable and rapid older hand, ever willing to pass on his hard-earned expertise to those just starting out.
The Blues committee recognised his performances at many levels: at BUCS where he recorded several top 20s as well as a top 10; at Varsity where Oxford’s top finisher was a full two minutes behind him; and finally at National level time trial events.
John’s obvious drive to do well and improve was matched with an unassuming modesty about what he achieved in the process, so hopefully this award will stand as a testament to his achievements, even if he wouldn’t trumpet them himself. Sadly, as many of you will know, it must also stand as a memorial to John, who died whilst out in the Lake District in 2018, and so was never able to receive it himself.
He is memorialised by the Club’s annual ‘John Grenfell-Shaw Award’ for ‘Most Improved Cyclist’, which has been kindly donated by his family, but as much by his spirit of faultless help and advice to those who needed it, and who have since passed it on in turn to newer generations.
In early February, CUCC began what it hopes to be an annual tradition with our first ever Alumni Dinner. A handful of our current riders welcomed back former members to Jesus College for an evening of great food, stories and a small amount of wine!
We were lucky to have Alumni dating all the way back to the ’70s join us, allowing a great spread of generations to realise that while some things may change across the years, CUCC will always share love for riding in the Fens, beating Oxf*rd and being considerable choppers on our bikes.
We’re already looking forward to next year’s dinner, where we’ll hopefully have even more Alumni along. It’ll be held at a similar time of year (likely to be the last weekend of January – to be confirmed shortly) but we’ll head to a different venue.
In keeping with the serious tone of the evening…
CUCC President 2019-20 Alex Petter reports back from the club’s annual trip to the sunny roads of Spain…
In early January, 17 CUCC members escaped the English winter for an excellent training camp in the Costa Blanca, Spain. Rain, mud and cold were swapped for sunshine, shorts and smooth roads. The trip got off to a great start with no bike casualties mid-flight (unlike the previous 2 years), and we headed out for a sunny shakedown on the first afternoon. This set the tone for a brilliant 8 days of riding, with wall-to-wall sunshine for every mile we rode.
Miraculously, nobody crashed all camp, nobody got lost, and there were no major bike breakages. Smugly under the illusion that we were a well-functioning club rather than a bunch of choppers, we rode up mountains, down thrilling descents, along picturesque coast roads and to many great cafes. Countless tostadas and bocadillos were eaten, and an inordinate quantity of Haribos and muffins were smashed.
Famous climbs including the Col de Rates, Cumbre Del Sol and Vall d’Ebo were tackled, with CUCC’s faster members setting some seriously competitive times up them. The little-ring-only rest day brought some quality tunes, and a café stop that featured many a burger and beer. Despite all the merriment, the camp delivered a huge training hit that should help power CUCC to many impressive performances throughout the season. We returned home with heavy legs, topped-up tans, and some close friendships forged. We’re looking forward to next year!