Sheffield is the best place to ride

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Cycling fever is sweeping across the University.

Among the 25,000 expected spectators, students from the University Cycling Club are particularly excited to watch Le Tour. One of more than 200 clubs and societies at the University, the Cycling Club will be riding two stages of the Tour back to back for charity.

“We will all be making an effort to watch the Tour as it is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Michael Caley, 20, President of the club.“Sheffield is the best place to ride, mainly because of the Peak District being so close by with its incredible scenery and variety of trails. The hills are so exciting.”

The club started out as a few friends going for rides, but in the last four years it has evolved into a competitive team. Membership has soared from 60 members last year, to 110.

“The club has two official road club rides a week and two official mountain rides a week, including BMX riders, but we post unofficial rides onto the Facebook group for anyone to join in,” said Michael.

Michael, who has been cycling for six years and was further inspired by the Olympics, added:”I really get on with the team; we’re all young with the same enthusiasm so it’s really fun to ride as part of the club.”

To add to the pre-Tour build up, leading academics from the University have helped put the historic race into perspective by shedding light on various aspects of the event, which can be seen on its ‘Deconstructing the Tour’ website.

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