The first of the 2015 Varsity fixtures between Uni Of and Hallam Unis took place on the 18th of March.
A field of thirty riders raced making it the largest turn out I can recall and really bodes well for the future of both university clubs in Sheffield, long may it last! We had everything from carbon XC race machines like Jonny Schuster’s Trek Superfly to Archie Judd’s 160mm Orange Alpine.
Special mention to all the marshalls that made it possible today, without you we couldn’t have had such a smooth running event! Sorry if I’ve missed off any names but Joe Drane, Jim Coates, Tom Brookes, Tom Simpson, Tom Childerhouse (All the Toms!), James Browne, James Studd, and a few Hallam lads who’s names I don’t know! And all the lads that showed up to heckle to lessen the pain!
The course was, as last year, the brutal Blackamoor loop, beginning with a Le Mans style start (because that’s always hilarious) followed by a nasty uphill slog along a grassy field and down an extended Devil’s Elbow and back up the horrid, horrid, rocky climb up the other side (Still having nightmares about that!). Racers would be required to complete 4 laps, but would be eliminated if they were lapped by the leading rider. The top 5 from each uni would count towards the final results.
Jonny on his way to Varsity victory.
After a well fought race, Uni Of rider Jonny Schuster won the individual race, a good five minutes ahead of his nearest competition, and boding well for his upcoming XC race season. The following three riders were all Hallam and the next Uni Of rider being Sam Barnes, and Oscar Lewis in 7th, with Aled Williams and myself in 9th and 10th, respectively. This meant that, despite a tremendous effort being made by everyone, Hallam unfortunately won the first round of this year’s cycling Varsity events.
We’re all friends really!
The next event will be the Varsity downhill in Wharncliffe Woods, with the course yet to be determined, but it sure will be fast and looks like to be one of the deciding events in Varsity this year!
Thanks to Hallam University Cycling Club for the Photos.