A selection of staff and students from University Campus Suffolk (UCS) have been given the once in a lifetime opportunity to ride with the likes of British Tour de France winner and Olympic Gold Medallist Bradley Wiggins CBE and British World Champion Mark Cavendish MBE during the first stage of the Tour of Britain on the Waterfront in Ipswich.
Starting outside the UCS Waterfront Building and heading through the picturesque setting of Neptune Quay in Ipswich, the lucky individuals will lead out the peloton full of the world’s leading cyclists aiming to win the IG Gold leader’s jersey.
One student to be selected for the lead out team is Rebecca Faulkner, a BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science student at UCS.
She said: “It’s an exciting opportunity to be involved with a high profile event and as a keen cyclist and sport science student, something I couldn’t miss out on. I ride at least 70 miles per week and take part in some charity races but this is the biggest event I have been lucky enough to be involved in.”
Dr Gavin Devereux, Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science degree at UCS, said: “We are delighted that Rebecca and all the other UCS staff and students have the opportunity to ride with the likes of Bradley Wiggins CBE and Mark Cavendish MBE.”
Dr Devereux believes that sport science has played a crucial role in recent success for British sport.
“This is an outstanding year of sport for Great Britain. So much British success has been attributed to the scientific analysis of successful sporting performance, and nowhere more so than with British Cycling and Team Sky.”
Sport and exercise science explores not only elite sporting performance, but also scientific factors crucial to public health and healthy ageing. Dr Devereux will be demonstrating many examples of scientific analysis at work in cycling during a public lecture to be held during the Tour of Britain start on Sunday 9 September at 10:20am and a second session at 12:20pm in Lecture Theatre 1at the UCS Waterfront Building.
The lecture will look at how the culmination of improvements in many areas often determines success or failure in truly elite sporting competitions and is open to all.
The School of Science, Technology and Health are still welcoming applications for the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science degree programme. Call 01473 338352 to find out more about applying for this September.