Sheffield University - Why Study anywhere else?

Jun 1, 2013 at 14:35
by Dave Camus  

After reading a well thought out blog post about how Plymouth was possibly the best Uni Cycling club, I thought a quick article on why the University Of Sheffield Cycling Club IS the best University Cycling Club was due.

As the article mentioned sports clubs and societies play a huge part in your University life, its here where you meet like-minded people, who love to ride as much as you. This year the University of Sheffield Cycling Club has gone from strength to strength, both in racing and within the University. I’m going to follow the same format giving 5 reasons why Sheffield is the place to be!

1. The BEST Location. Period.

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Everyone always agrees that where they are has the best riding, or the raddest trails. As a student who has spent too much money on their bike, cars are out of the question, especially when you factor in the Alcohol budget! But as a student the variety of riding on offer is outstanding. Sheffield provides riding straight from the heart of the University, for Road Cyclists, XC’ers, Dirt Jumpers and Downhillers alike.

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16 man train down Stanage

For the XCers, within 5 minutes of university accommodation you can be off-road, 15 minutes later you can be in the Peak district, within riding distance of iconic descents such as Stanage Edge, The Beast, Jacobs Ladder and Mam-Tor, to name a few! For a little taster of what is on offer straight out the door, here is a video from the yearly ‘Pizza Hut’ 100km ride around the Peak:

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On a downhill bike you are 20 minutes ride from some of the best Downhill runs in the country, at Wharncliffe woods, the training ground for world-cup legend Steve Peat, as well as Josh Lewis and many others.

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BMXers/Dirt jumpers are treated to a host of options, with Bolehills BMX/Pump track providing a perfect excuse to get out on the bike after a hard day of being hungover.

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On a road bike the winding hilly roads of the Peak district, just 10 minutes out the city, have you covered. The perfect training ground for the UK elite, with Russ and Dean Downing showing how things are done up north.

2. The BEST Club at the BEST University

This year The University of Sheffield Cycling Club won Club of the Year, out of all 47 sports teams run by the (best in the country, voted number 1 for the 4th year running) union, showing that cycling is official where it's at.

The club is one of the biggest, and officially the best at the Uni, and for good reason, the laid back atmosphere within the club allows members of all abilities to push each other's riding forwards. As a club we cater for all abilities, from people who have never ridden before, to Premier Calendar Road Racers, and Top 10 ranking BDS racers.

As a club we plan and lead 6 rides a week for Downhillers, XCers and Roadies, as well as providing the opportunity to come on trips to other riding locations around the UK, and Abroad, as well as racing the British University Championships. One of our recent trips to wales featured in Dirt 131, check it out!

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We also host regular mates races throughout the year, from dual slalom to downhill, giving everyone a chance to give it a go!

Within University the club is always one for getting involved, in the past year we have raised over £4000 for charity, and really given it our all as a club, to give our members a time to remember. After the union proposing the idea of a naked calender, made by the sports clubs to raise money for charity, Cycling laid down the gauntlet, showing how it's done.

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3. 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 cycling in Sheffield is getting bigger and bigger, with the addition of Parkwood Springs, an inner-city 2km xc loop, and new trails which have been community funded the future is bright in Sheffield.

The University Club also gets involved in the ThisiSheffield (check them out at mates races, with Winter Dual Slalom races, and a summer series, often involving downing a pint after racing a mass start downhill race!

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Also to mention is the yearly Peaty’s Steel City Downhill, an amazing event, hosted by the big man himself. Always a great day out, the club gets involved in the 800 people strong crowd providing the biggest crowd for a race outside of Fort Bill.

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4. Amazing University

As part of the Red Brick Russell Group of Universities, Sheffield is a University to write home about. Within the club we have a huge majority of Engineers, the sport definitely attracts them. The University of Sheffield ranked in the top 3 for Mechanical Engineering this year, and with a new £95 million pound engineering block being built, it would be stupid not to choose Sheffield!

End of BUCS weekend shredding at FOD

Within the Club we also have members of staff, two Pro-Vice Chancellors (Big Wigs) of the University often ride with the club, giving members a chance to get a rung above the rest on PHD applications, showing the club caters for your academic needs too!

5. Varsity/BUCS Success

This year the Club has enjoyed well deserved success, both at Varsity (Uni of Sheffield vs Sheffield Hallam) and BUCS.

BUCS races provide the perfect introduction to racing, a party atmosphere shows that even at the top levels, students will be students. But at the end of the day Sheffield have been punching above their weight, winning the Road Race, Hill Climb, 3rd at Cyclocross and 4th at XC, with a number of top 30 riders at Downhill.

During Varsity each year Sheffield University host 5 races against The Poly/The other University/Hallam Scum, who are a sports university at heart, boasting world class training and research facilities. It is a week of showing your true colours, and how much sport means to the students, with big turnouts from both sides. However for the 3rd year running we beat them 5-0, in Downhill, XC, BMX/4x, hill climb and a Time Trail. The 5-0 victory was vital in bringing home the overall varsity title, for the first time in 10 years.

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So, there you have it, I hope I’ve managed to give you a bit of an insight into why Sheffield is such a good University for cycling, if you want to keep up with what we get up to, give our facebook page a ‘like’:

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  • + 6
 Hmm, this article's a bit too late for for me, i've already confirmed my firm and reserve choices for Mech Eng with UCAS.

Happily however, both are for SHEFFIELD!! Razz
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 Look forward to seeing you at Fresher's Fair to sign up and chat bikes then!
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 Applied for defered entry, so in september 2014. But yes, can't wait!
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 ahh I'll be gone by then.. but still around Sheffield and riding with the club no doubt
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 Awesome Smile
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 Oh, one question i wanted to ask a sheffield biker is where to store your bike? I mean are you allowed it in your room in Endcliffe? Even then would there be somewhere to clean it after a muddy ride? Cheers
  • + 2
 Not tehcnically but everyone does anyway - most 2nd years or 3rd years have hoses and there is some taps around endcliffe that you can use. Check out
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 Cheers, nice and easy then
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 Yo Mars, just re-reading this article, fancy finding you here @bigbluebike Cheers for writing this article, I'm proper stoked on my first 7 months in Sheffield! Its as awesome as you say.
  • + 1
 Crazy huh, haha. We'll have to do another one soon, keep the legacy going! Yeah Dave cheers man, the uni needs to take note!
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 Aww this is cute xxx
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 OMG Can't believe the famous photographer replied to us @MarsTheGuy, He's got POD twice! Shouldn't you be working Samuel?
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 Awesome article and great photos. I've not looked at the video yet but will do. One comment though - is this an all boys club? Because it certainly looks it from the choice of photos - I can understand if you don't have any great shots of the female members but c'mon - there are some damn strong female bikers out there now and it would be nice to see some!
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 Nope, certainly not! We have a Womens Captain and a Womens team- they tend to be more on the Road side of things but we're looking to expand our team and encourage more members Big Grin
  • + 4
 I am a girl and in the cycling club (veteran of 6 years in it...) AND ride a mountain bike (but no, Duncan Philpott hasn't got any photos of me...)! When I first joined there were 2 of us and I was the only one on the MTB trip to Wales in my first year....I am pleased to report there are plenty of girls now, we have been to track nights and even had a girls MTB ride with some of the guys lending out a bike or two for those who didn't own one!

BUCS in a few weeks right on the doorstep :-) Come to Sheffield, there really are ace trails and roads to explore!
  • + 1
 I thought my write up could lead to a response or two! Nice article, certainly helps when you have some sweet pictures from Duncan Philpot!

...but come to Plymouth instead, it's grim up north Razz
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 Awesome I'm naked on pinkbike!
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 Sick! My sister is hoping to get into Sheffield Uni this year. She says I can stay as long as I cook for her...
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 If you're planning on coming and want showing round, just join our facebook groups, and tag on one of the rides.... and see the group links on the right
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 Cheers man, sounds good!
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 does she ride aswell?
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 Naah not properly. She's doing English Lit, she just has images in her head of herself on some vintage step through bike with a basket full of books on the front. She doesn't see the appeal of having the Peak District on her doorstop like I do haha
  • + 4
 is she fit?
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 love it dave!
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 its supposed to be a secret you fucking muppets!!!
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 Are you on crack?
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 Hallam scum? harsh...
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 On the flipside, my Hallam mates call us Uni Scum..... whats a bit of piss taking between friends?
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