Cycling Club - Semester 1 Report 2016-17
Saturday 28 January 2017
Semester 1 started a little differently than normal for the Cycling Club as for the first time we were competing in the Varsity competition against Edinburgh. This took the form of a 10-mile team time trial. Our influx of new female members meant it was possible for us to field two female teams and one male team. Although we lost, it was great to see so many keen new members competing for the club. The weekend that followed hosted our Freshers’ trip down to Glentress. There was a great turnout on both the road and mountain bike side of the club, with all our club bikes being given out to new members. A few of our recent alumni also made the trip down to see us, meaning there were over 25 of us on the trails and about five roadies exploring the area. The great weather helped the day go smoothly, and made the experience much more friendly for the newer cyclists.
Throughout the semester the road cyclists have had an excellent turn out on the club rides, meaning it was often possible to split the group and run two different length rides. This really helped develop the newer riders, as it can often be daunting if you are stuck in a group of experienced cyclists. The mountain bikers also had a steady turnout on the regular rides, and an exceptional interest in the various trips that we ran throughout the semester. These trips took the riders to places like Dunkeld, Pitlochry and Aberfeldy where they got to enjoy some of the brilliant Scottish countryside and explore the local trails.
In terms of university competition, the club has sent riders to two BUCS events this semester, the Hillclimb and the Track. For the first time we had enough riders to make a women’s team for the Hillclimb. Due to this, we managed to get a BUCS point. The track event was also successful, with Emma Borthwick managing to beat an Olympian. In the Scottish Student Sport (SSS) Cyclocross, Emma and Calum both placed second. Some of our members also competed in a few local events, with Ruadhri Forrester winning the Fair City Enduro, and finishing second elite male in one of the Scottish Enduro Series events.
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