7 Reasons to Go to Sheffield Uni

Nov 11, 2018
by Alistair Baron  
Sheepskulls, Peak District with the famous Uni Arts Tower in the top left - SamTaylorPhoto

PRESS RELEASE: University of Sheffield

Sports clubs and societies play a huge part in your University life, it's here where you meet like-minded people, who love to ride as much as you. Over the past couple of years the University of Sheffield Cycling Club has gone from strength to strength, both in racing and within the University. Read on for a few reasons why, if you ride bikes and want to go to Uni, Sheffield is the place to be.

5 years ago, Dave Camus wrote the original "Come to Sheffield" article which helped us all make the best decision of our lives. I reckon it was time for a bit of an update.

1. Local Scene

Sheffield has probably the strongest riding scene in the UK, due to the diversity of riding, and people who really care about the sport, riding in Sheffield is getting bigger and bigger. With the long list of places to ride, and new trails always in the pipeline, there's always something to be stoked on and the future is very much bright in Sheff.

With the help of clubs and businesses nearby, there's heaps of events all year round including the Howard Street Dual and Peaty's Steel City race, an amazing event, hosted by the big man himself.

An iconic Bolehills sunset session in progress

2. Varsity/BUCS Success

As a student you’re jammed right in the centre of so many amazing riding spots, offering an unrivalled training ground to hone in your riding skills and fitness. If seeing Steve Peat’s meteoric rise as a world class rider and athlete wasn’t enough to convince you, our Varsity and BUCS results might just do the job. Taking the number one team spot at BUCS downhill this year against all the other UK universities, we showed our prowess as the best riding university with class and more importantly style!

Us lot at Uni of know how to rock it on the local trails as well, having challenged Hallam university at Cross-Country, Downhill and BMX racing we walked away with the win every time, ultimately contributing to the bigger picture as The University of Sheffield won varsity for the 5th consecutive time.

Downhill Captain, Jim Caldwell - SamTaylorPhoto
Strictly only party shirts on practice day - SamTaylorPhoto

3. It's actually a very good Uni too

If you think Sheffield is just a place to ride bikes, make lifelong friends and have the best years of your life then you are mistaken! Sheffield is also part of the Red Brick Russell Group of Universities, meaning not only will you be riding every day, you will also be getting a highly sought after and incredibly employable degree.

Within the club there is a vast majority of Engineers, it’s pretty clear that mountain biking attracts them. The University of Sheffield has recently built a brand new, state of the art £81 million engineering block making it hard to choose anywhere else.

4. Progression

It's awesome to see how much people progress from just a couple of months spent in Sheff. With the huge range of riding types, XC bandits ditch the SPDs for flats and parents are sending old 26 inch parts for the new jump bike build.

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5. Bolehills BMX Track

Being located right next to the main student housing area, Bolehills is so accessible and oh so good. Most summer evenings that aren’t spent on sunset peaks epics are spent at Bolehills, cruising the white waves. Picture a Velosolutions pump track, a BMX race track, and a set of well-groomed smooth dirt jump trails, mash them all up and you’ve got Bolehills. The sessions go on till its too dark to ride and everyone leaves with a smile on their face.

Ben Crookes sailing the white waves - SamTaylorPhoto

6. Trips

Within the Cycling Club we have several trips, the first of which is the classic Wales Trip. A 2 day trip to North Wales in November, on the first day we climb up and ride down Snowdon – the highest peak in England and Wales, on the second day we uplift at Antur Stiniog. Its an incredible trip that pushes your riding to the limit, and in classic Wales style, sunshine and temperatures in the mid 20’s are guaranteed!

Next up we have a post January exams trip to Revolution Bike Park, a great chance to get rid of the exam stress on some of the UK’s best downhill tracks.

Finally, in Summer we have the annual UK universities trip organised by B3 Sessions. This is the best week of the year! Riding your bike with your mates in Europe’s premier downhill destination. With events like the unofficial long jump world champs, Whip off and of course, the hotly contested Caramel Flan time trial, it’s not a week to miss!

7. Socials and events

We have regular socials which like the riding, help eradicate any Uni stress. Recently we held a club film night, giving members the chance to get together and work on making their own shredits. Filming equipment like that used in these films can be loaned from the Uni, just like a book from a library. Check out some of our work below which was all shot in Sheffield and the Peak District.

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You can keep up to date with all our antics on social media by following us on Instagram and Facebook. Choosing where you go to university is a big decision, so make sure you make the right one, Sheffield really is a hub for getting outdoors on two wheels so why study anywhere else? See you in September.

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  • 16 0
 The fact you can see uni in the background of the first photo says it all.. What a place
  • 11 1
 Yoo! This is epic Ali. I cannot rate Sheffield uni and cycling club more highly. 'the best 3 years of my life'- OBL. The insane talent on the mountains and the dancefloor. Xox
  • 10 0
Our website for you non-social media types
  • 6 0
 How do you rid eBikes?
I've been trying to figure that one out for a while
  • 3 1
 @IllestT: If it has 2 wheels and gets you outside then it's good enough for us!
  • 8 0
 Honestly the sickest group of riders and the best riding.
  • 5 0
 Forget Sheffield Uni, there's a myriad of reasons to move to Sheffield. Went to uni down south, moved back for both the cycling and mountain biking. The whole region is just too good to pass up.
  • 7 0
 Nothing but good times to be had at Sheffield University!
  • 5 0
 Sheffield in general is wicked. aside from the riding scene there's great pubs, beer, music, sound people, loads of parkland, walking in the peaks, affordable houses.
  • 6 0
 Nothing but good times and big sends. Would recommend to a friend!!
  • 7 2
 Yeah South Wales has great riding and all, but at the end of the day, you live in Wales...
  • 8 8
 Come to Cardiff University and join CUMT!! It's wicked, we are right on the doorstep of all the best South Wales has to offer with our own mini buses and uplift trailer we ride every weekend. Check us out on isnta @cumtcartel
  • 12 2
 All those uplift days and still only 10th at BUCS, come up North and we will show you real trails!
  • 2 3
 @UniofSheffieldCyclingClub: lol, do an uplift at Rheola and at least one of you will have a broken bike.
  • 5 2
 @deli-hustler: sounds like you've only got one spot down there poor lads, and trust me plenty of bikes being broken up here, not really sure what relevance that has though?
  • 2 5
 @bcrookes: it's probably the toughest dh track in the country. Please show me some YouTube links to the tech trails in Wharncliffe cos I can't find any.
  • 4 2
 @deli-hustler: it's cos they're secret bruv Wink
  • 3 3
 @deli-hustler: are there any actual downhill tracks in sheffield? the sort that could hold a national downhill race, wharncliffe is like fod so doesnt really count
  • 2 5
 @motojames: I think they are to scared to even think about riding Rheola.
  • 4 0
 @motojames: Spot on, Steve Peat became world champion by primarily riding bridle ways
  • 6 1
 @deli-hustler: At least the lads at Sheffield Uni actually know the difference between to and too
  • 3 1
 @willkeogh: that's Welsh education for you
  • 3 4
 @haallinson: no education in wales, we just ride bikes every day
  • 6 0
 That CUMT insta is pretty impressive, shame UOScycling have 6 times the followers
  • 2 0
 Earn your turns lads.
  • 1 3
 hahaha throw out the line and they will bite.... #ItsOnlyBanter
  • 5 1
 @willkeogh: two true ;-)
  • 1 1
 @UniofSheffieldCyclingClub: "Up North" excuse me! come to scotland if you want some REAL trails!
  • 2 0
 @dugcarch: As someone from Edinburgh who now lives in Sheffield, I can only say what the trails may lack in elevation, they more than make up for in variety!
  • 1 2
 This is cute that you guys are all arguing but Exeter Uni was most successful at BUCS, has the best gram, and we are all Southern Fairies at that #eumtb #hooya
  • 2 0
 @JoeRSB: Hi Joe, just a quick fact check here for you as you're clearly struggling with reality. Exeter came 3rd at BUCS DH, we came 1st. Our gram has nearly 4 times the followers that your self-proclaimed "best gram" does.

Anything else you'd like to add?
  • 2 0
 @JoeRSB: just to be clear, I'm assuming when you say Exeter was the most successful uni, you mean Josh Lowe was the most successful.... didn't have another rider in the top 35 did you?
  • 1 0
 @CreberFilms: @UniofSheffieldCyclingClub

Take it easy guys, all in jest. Strength in depth was what i was referring to, 1st F team, 1st M, 3rd F, 3rd M team. No one else was on every podium. See all you luvvies this year xx
  • 4 1
 Only thing you're missing is a world class instagram... Can't deny the quality of @eumtb hooooyyaaaa
  • 2 0
 just a shame about the number of followers, remember to thank them once you reach 300
  • 1 0
 #hooya more followers doesn’t mean better content tho
  • 4 0
 Sheffield all the way, nothing compares
  • 4 1
 8. It's only 40 minutes to Manchester
  • 1 0
 Except in winter because the Government doesn't care about having two of it's biggest cities vaguely connected...
  • 1 0
 @Denning76: that is unfortunately true.
  • 2 0
 @IllestT: I want that road tunnel. Forget bridges to bloody France. Sure a few trail builders could get it started!
  • 2 0
 Suppose South Yorkshire has to have something good going for it.
  • 2 0
 Oh and cafe adventure is good
  • 1 0
 @fatduke: Oi. That's Derbyshire. The Sheffield lot have taken enough of ours as their own but the buck stops with Cafe Adventure (even if it's not the best cafe stop in the Peak).
  • 1 0
 @Denning76: I do apologise, I clearly have missed the welcome to Derbyshire sign on the way there.

Also what is the best cafe?
  • 1 0
 @fatduke: I would say the Social Club in Hathersage. That said, while it's quite away from most of the popular hotspots, Highfield Farm's Cafe just inside the eastern boundary west of Chesterfield does the best Full English anywhere if you want to treat yourself after a ride.
  • 2 0
 Awesome! I’m quite jealous
  • 2 0
 I miss bolehills.
  • 6 6
 Hallam is the one x
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