Hello and welcome to the Oxford University Cycling Club! We are a relatively small but furiously enthusiastic club and are always keen to have new members join us. We cater to all corners of the sport including Mountain Biking, Road Racing, Time Trialling, Cyclocross, and some Track Racing as well. No matter your interests or indeed your experience weâ€™d be delighted to welcome you.
A brief overview of the club follows below, with a collection of useful links at the bottom of the page. If you have anything else you would like to know, please donâ€™t hesitate to get in touch with a member of the committee.
Membership of the club is organised through our groupspaces page. Non-members are initially very welcome to come along to ride with us and get a feel for the club but will need to join in order to keep riding with us and to have access to coaching, using club turbos, going on trips and buying club kit. You need a valid .ox.ac.uk email address to sign up. Make an account, join the group and then head to the â€œPay Membership Feeâ€ tab to pay the annual fee. Membership fees for the year are Â£30.
The road section centres on group rides that meet on Broad Street (outside Trinity) at 10am every Saturday during term. These are led by committee members and there are always different groups going out for rides of varying length, speed and difficulty. There should always be a ride suitable for everyone. Routes are often published in advance on the club Facebook page.
During the week, people often use the facebook page to organise rides and the squad regularly rides together as part of training. If you are ever lost for inspiration on places to ride around Oxford then the clubâ€™s Strava group page is worth looking at.
There are a bunch of useful resources around to help you get into road riding. TheÂ British CyclingÂ website is a great place to start, with training plans, core strength, stretching, nutrition, and general advice available for people who want it. There are also some great youtube videos put together by the guys over at GCN such as these hereÂ and here, plenty to get you up to speed!
We have an active Road Squad who train together to target a number of races throughout the year, such as:
- OUCC Hill Climb – 16 October 2016,Â
- BUCS Hill Climb Â – 22 October 2016, Stirling
- Cuppers 10 mile TT – March 2017, Oxford
- BUCS 10 mile TT -Â 8 April 2017, Oxford
- BUCS Team TT – 16 April 2017, Bath
- BUCS 25 mile TT / Varsity against Cambridge – 23 April 2017, Cambridge
- BUCS Road Race – 27 May 2017
- Local road races in May/June 2017
as well as a selection of other races to be confirmed at a later date.Â Entry to many of these big races will require a rider to be selected, however those in bold are highlighted as races that are open to all and which we encourage everyone to enter (irrespective of their experience or ability).
Until our coaching plans are confirmed we cannot say for sure what the training structure will be, however we anticipate it being somethingÂ close to
â€¢ Tuesday evening turbo session
â€¢ Wednesday 1430 group ride
â€¢ Thursday evening core session
â€¢ Saturday 1000 group ride
â€¢ Sunday 1000 group ride
with the addition of other individual training sessions on the road or turbo.
If you are interested in riding with the squad please get in touch with either Matt (Road Captain) or Liv (Women’s Captain).
As a club we will support any rider who is prepared to put the work in – we were all beginners once. If you have ambitions of racing with us it is expected that you get a summer of solid training in before you join in Michaelmas. The British Cycling website has some good advice to guide you through this.
We have a small but active MTB section who have enjoyed an impressive level of success in recent Varsity Matches against Cambridge. Contact Will (MTB Captain) for further details.
The club’s social scene traditionally centres around Wednesday eveing pub gatherings (as well as post-ride coffee stops, of course). Other big events are the Christmas dinner and post-race Varsity dinner with the tabs. On top of this our new Social Secretary, Dan has a number of exciting plans for the year. Further details to come.