National title for cycle team

The three sports students clinched the Cyclo Cross team title in the British University and College Sports (BUCS) National Championships, held at Aldersley Stadium in Wolverhampton. Left to right: Craig Ansell, Phil Hinch and Rob Burns

The second year students are BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise student Rob Burns, 19, from Tipton and BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching students Craig Ansell, 34, and Philip Hinch, 30, both from Wolverhampton.

Rob, said: “It is really awesome to win, but it was also a shock because there were so many good teams competing in the championships, including the likes of Cambridge and Loughborough.”

Mat Wilson, Senior Lecturer in Sports Science at the School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure, said: “It is fantastic news that Rob, Craig and Phil are national champions, especially as the competitive field they lined up against this year was extremely strong. We are all very proud of their achievements.”

Cyclo Cross is a form of bicycle racing and races consist of many laps of a short course featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount, carry the bike whilst navigating the obstruction and remount in one motion. The students’ race took place over one hour.

The championships, held in January, are a national event involving all the universities in the country.

All three students are members of the promoting club for the event, Wolverhampton Wheelers CC.

Further information

Picture: From left to right: Craig Ansell, Phil Hinch, and Rob Burns.

 

Results:

1st: Wolverhampton

2nd: Cambridge

3rd: Loughborough

 

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