As a sport-focused university, it seemed right to begin a series of articles where students can familiarise with each of the Sport Clubs that are available here at Brunel University. The initial articles will focus on the small and relatively unknown clubs that deserve a spotlight, first of which is the Brunel Cycling and Triathlon (Brunel C+T).
"Brunel C+T is a relatively small sports club within the university but we aim to offer our members a unique and positive experience within the club. The club is currently in a developmental period - trying out new methods of training and seeking feedback from members as to how we can improve as a club", describes Bobby.
Over the past year, the club have been strengthening its partnership with British Cycling (the national governing body of the named sport). In particular, the club have been promoting ‘Ride Social’, one of British Cycling schemes thanks to which riders have easy access to local cycling sessions. All they have to do is log in and choose the sessions they wish to join! Thus far the scheme has been a complete success at Brunel, attracting new riders from both the university and elsewhere in the local area. Each year representatives of British Cycling come to Brunel to host an activation course, where they teach club members how to operate the Ride Social software and how to best promote rides.
More information about Ride Social can be found by visiting the website: https://www.letsride.co.uk/social.
The club is soon to host a charity event, ‘The 24 hour Ride’. This has become a part of the club's annual calendar: the riders from our university team up with the Breast Cancer Now cycling team in order to fund-raise for the London to Paris cycling trip, which takes place in July. At the event there will be bake sales, the opportunity to challenge our riders and many other fun activities, so that even if you and your friends do not wish to cycle you can still get involved!
Perhaps most exciting of all, the competition season is fast approaching. During the first term, we have tremendous successful stories. Sam Harding placed 53rd in the BUCS hill climb event in October, being his first competition with the club. In November, a team of 5 attended the BUCS Duathlon Championships with highlights in the men’s event - where Hasnain Iqbal (team captain) and Jacob McAdam placed 264th and 265th respectively - and in the ladies event - in which Katy Brooks placed 128th.
The club is looking to build upon these successes and to chase medals in the upcoming BUCS events, which include 10 mile time trial, 25 mile time trial, 3 man team time trial, road race, sprint distance triathlon, and Olympic distance triathlon.
Following the disruption to sessions that has occurred over the winter period, the club is keen to make up for lost time! Sessions at Minet Park - a local closed-road cycling circuit - will be taking place 3 times per week (Wednesday AM and PM and Thursday AM). Alongside this, the club also offer group ride sessions that take place every Sunday AM, with varying distances and routes and often including a coffee stop. This ride is advertised each week on Ride Social.
If you have any further enquiries please contact one of our committee members, whose details can be found on our website: https://brunelstudents.com/sportsclubs/TriathlonCycling/
Or if you wish to keep informed on club activities, then be sure to join our Facebook group: Brunel Cycling and Triathlon Club 2016/17.
This article has been co-written with Bobby Harrop, the Chair of Brunel Cycling and Triathlon Club.