It couldn’t have been a better day up at Greno Woods for the first of the five varsity cycling events: cross country. The University of Sheffield were quick to put in a dominant performance which saw them take eight out of the top ten places.
There were only four laps of the gruelling trail to separate the riders from both universities with large climbs, near hairpin turns and some great opportunities for jumps.
Despite the difficult trail a large number of both Uni and Hallam riders gathered for a running start at the top of the course with only the top four fastest men and women’s times contributing towards the points.
With this knowledge in mind the riders set out hard from the outset with one each from Uni and Hallam already jostling for the top spot by the time the cyclists reached the first knot of spectators.
That was the way it was to be for the rest of the race with some stunning jumps and blistering pace being displayed by all competitors from both sides of the city.
There were some near misses, a few crashes along the way and even the playing of 80s classic “Come on Eileen” from a portable speaker by one of the more recreational Uni cyclists.
The winner of the cross country event was the University of Sheffield’s Cameron Taylor. Taylor praised what he said was an intense event: “It was pretty tough and a lot more technical than last year, especially the second climb.”
Stanley Nutter took second place for Sheffield Hallam.
The event gives the Uni 0.5 out of the full two points available for all the cycling events.
Next up for the cycling teams is the downhill event which takes place on Sunday at Wharncliffe Woods.