Let’s Ride at the Brownlee Cycle Circuit

Brownlee Centre

British Cycling is opening up the cycle circuit at the University of Leeds’ Brownlee Centre for the first of its free-to-attend, Let’s Ride pop-up sessions next weekend.

Whether you want to ride for fun or fitness, this free monthly pop-up event gives you the chance to ride a traffic-free cycle circuit as many times as you want, at a pace that suits you. The first of which takes place on the 9th July at 12pm – 2pm and the second on August 13th.

The event is open to all ages and abilities and the circuit is easy to ride, with volunteers on hand throughout, ensuring peace of mind and safety for all cyclists.

For those wanting to take things up a gear, British Cycling Go-Ride coaches will also be available to help you improve your cycling skills, and local Ride Leaders and Breeze Champions will be there on the day to tell you more about other cycling opportunities in Leeds with HSBC UK Guided Rides and HSBC UK Breeze.

Tom Mutton, British Cycling’s partnership manager for Yorkshire, said:

“From complete beginners to those wanting to take things up a gear, the Lets Ride pop-up sessions will be an ideal way for people to discover or rediscover a love of cycling, or to improve their skills.

Regardless of age or ability, people will be able to come down to the circuit and build their confidence with the help of trained British Cycling coaches and volunteers.

The cycling facilities at the Brownlee Centre – which British Cycling helped to fund – have been extremely well utilised by the local public so far, and with this series of pop-up events and Leeds’ HSBC UK City Ride on the way, this is a really exciting time to get involved in cycling in the city.”

For those without their own bikes, bike hire is available from the venue on the day, including a fleet of tandems, trikes and hand-cycles.

FAQ

  • Event times: 12pm to 2pm.
  • Parking: Yes
  • Changing facilities: Yes
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Bike hire: No bike, no problem! Bike hire is available on the day, including a fleet of tandems, trikes and hand-cycles. Simply register your free place and turn up on the day

Volunteer

Can you spare a couple of hours a month to help out at Let’s Ride Pop-up Leeds? Email letsridepopup@britishcycling.org.uk to register your interest.

 

 

Strong Start for Powerlifting & Weightlifting Society

strength and conditioning room

Newly formed in October 2016, the University of Leeds Powerlifting & Weightlifting society, have made an impressive start in their first year by claiming victory in the Northern University powerlifting competition.

On the 6th May, the club headed to their first competition organised by the Yorkshire and North East Powerlifting Federation (YNEPF), open to all university teams in the North. The team based format of the competition takes the best 3 men and women’s scores from each university to get a team total.

The team achieved the overall first position with the best team score, the best women’s team, best men’s team, and their 2017/18 captain Kieran Gray was the best male lifter. Kieran also broke the bench press record, lifting 170kg, and the deadlift record by lifting 285.5kg.

Club President Danny White spoke to us about the results:

“Everyone displayed exceptional individual performances, with all 7 team members taking a podium position in their weight categories. This has brought the number of members qualified for nationals to 6; those that are still within the junior age category will be competing at the British Junior Championships in November 2017. Next year we aim to have a team compete at British University Championships and qualify for the World University Championship, in addition to bringing as many new powerlifters into the sport as we can!”

Individual Results:

Kieran Gray1stU105kg
Matt Chivers3rdU105kg
Nick Humphries2ndU66kg
Belal Ahmed1stU66kg
Wura Oyenekan1stU72kg
Josie Penfold1stU63kg
Meri Raty2ndU63kg

 

What happens at a powerlifting competition?

At a powerlifting competition, competitors complete 3 types of lift: the squat, bench press and deadlift, with 3 attempts in each to lift the heaviest weight possible. Upon arrival at a competition each competitor is weighed and put into a weight category, so that strengths can be compared between powerlifters of different bodyweights. For the squat, there are 3 attempts that increase in weight in which Judges will give athletes a white light for a successful lift or a red light for a bad lift. This is repeated for the bench press and then the deadlift, by which point each competitor should have achieved a valid attempt in each of the 3 lifts.

How does the scoring work?

The heaviest weight lifted in each of the squat, bench press and deadlift is combined to get a total. This total is used to give each competitor a ‘wilks score’. This is a way of comparing everyone’s strengths taking in to account different bodyweights. For example, a male with a 100kg bodyweight who lifts a total of 550kg would achieve a wilks score of ~335, whereas a male lifter of 90kg bodyweight with a 550kg lift total would score a wilks of 351. This allows all bodyweights to be competitive, making this a highly accessible and inclusive sport.

Competition preparation

Preparation for a competition varies from athlete to athlete, as it depends on their training programme and time available whilst balancing university studies. Individuals have a programme to follow in the gym. In the run up to a competition the programme increases the weight being lifted until athletes are generally hitting their opening attempts in the week prior to the competition. Team members have also got to be the right weight for their weight class, so there can also be some last minute weight loss involved.

More about the club and how can you get involved

The club became an official society in early October 2016 founded by Danny White (President) and Osura Bangamuwa (Captain). The clubs aims are:

  1. Provide a supportive and encouraging environment for powerlifters and weightlifters of all ages and abilities
  2. Provide affordable training, cheaper than coaching available elsewhere in Leeds

There are 3.5 hours of training per week at The Edge coached by personal trainer (PT) and powerlifter Chris Baldwin, at a cost of £30 per year to members and Tom Millbank (PT and strongman). Since it’s launch, the club now has around 50 members who range from absolute beginners to national level competitors.

To find out more, head to the clubs official webpage.

 

 

 

 

Gallantree takes 6th in Rio

Rebecca in Rio

University of Leeds alumna Rebecca Gallantree and her diving partner, Alicia Blagg, kicked started the British Diving’s team Olympic competition this Sunday, in the womens’ 3m synchronised springboard event.

The Chinese pair ran away with the event by a massive 32 point margin leaving it a hotly contested, 4-way fight for the bronze medal spot. The Leeds based pairing started promisingly in their first two dives, but following a number of improving dives by the Australian and Canadian Teams, the duo ended up with a respectable 6th on 292.83 points.

FREE Places at GO TRI Festival

Women swimming waiting for start of go tri event

As part of the fantastic Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds Weekend on the 11th June there is a GO TRI festival taking place.

GO TRI is a fun and friendly way to get started in triathlon, so if you have been thinking about giving it a go, this is your chance. Plus we have 50 FREE places up for grabs!

Our 50 free places will get you free entry into the GO TRI Triathlon (200m Swim, 10km Bike, 2.5km Run).

Claim your FREE place by emailing Oliver Hylands (Triathlon Development Officer): O.Hylands@leeds.ac.uk for your free code. 

To help you prepare for the event we will be hosting various free, beginner friendly training opportunities. Find out more on our triathlon webpage get involved section.

More information about the event and beginners tips can be found on the GO TRI website.

Leeds Varsity – Social Leagues

On Wednesday 11th May our best Social League sides will take on Leeds Beckett University in the annual Social Leagues Varsity. We’ve won Varsity for 4 of the past 5 years and our teams are ready to make that 5 wins!

Leeds Beckett University are hosing this year so come along and cheer on our teams from 12pm.

Schedule

Netball

  • Team: Sports Science
  • Time: 2 – 4pm
  • Location: Leeds Beckett Headingley Campus: Blue Hall

O2 Touch Rugby

  • Time: 12 – 1pm
  • Location: Leeds Beckett Headingley Campus: 3G Pitch

Hockey (5 a-side)

  • Team: Physoc
  • Time: 1 – 2pm
  • Location: Leeds Beckett Headingley Campus: Hockey Pitch

Football (5-a-side)

  • Team: Leodons
  • Time: 12 – 1pm
  • Location: Leeds Beckett Headingley Campus: MUGA

Football (7-a-side)

  • Team:F.K Akademicheskii Slav Soc
  • Time: 1 – 2pm
  • Location: Leeds Beckett Headingley Campus: 3G Pitch

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BUCS Biathlon success!

beau Smith running

The University of Leeds Triathlon club have had a fantastic weekend competing in the BUCS Biathlon Championships.

In the Men’s individual event, the club managed to secure the 3 top places with Beau Smith taking 1st, Richard Allen taking 2nd and Greg Chambers finishing 3rd. In the women’s individual Hannah Drewett also managed to grab a top spot coming 2nd in the event.

In the team events the success continued with the University of Leeds A and B securing 1st and 2nd place in the Men’s event respectively, and 1st and 3rd in the Women’s event respectively.

“It was great to see 25 University of Leeds athletes from Development, BUCS and Fast-Track squads all competing as one team. The University of Leeds were ranked number one in the country for triathlon last season and the athletes once again led the way. To pick up 4/6 individual medals and 4/6 team medals is a great achievement. All three squads were back in training on Monday where the hard work continues in preparation for the BUCS Sprint Triathlon Championships on 1 May.”

Coach Liam O’Neill

The above results total a massive 109 BUCS points which has contributed largely to our overall BUCS standings. Considering the team was missing 4 key members of their development squad, this shows the outstanding achievements and potential of the University of Leeds triathlon squad.