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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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|
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