CamcycleTech brings together experts in cycle technology

The Cambridge Festival of Cycling has a brand new event this year, CamcycleTech, which will explore the science and technology of cycling. Camcycle, the Cambridge Cycling Campaign, has teamed up with the Cambridge Museum of Technology and the Cavendish Laboratory Outreach Programme to bring you CamcycleTech, which will take place on Saturday 7 September from 10am to 4pm at the Cambridge Museum of Technology.

Pam Halls, Curator at the Cambridge Museum of Technology, said “We are delighted to be taking part in this year’s Cambridge Festival of Cycling. The Museum has recently reopened after a major redevelopment and this is a great opportunity for everyone to explore our new exhibitions, listen to interesting talks and participate in exciting technology workshops.”

Camcycle is excited to announce that there will be five wonderful speakers giving interactive and engaging talks throughout the day. Mike Burrows, who pioneered the carbon fibre racing bike used by Olympian Chris Boardman when he won his Olympic gold in 1992, will talk about ‘Life as a bike designer, builder and racer’. We will also be joined by Richard Matthews, Project Engineering Manager at Lotus, who will give a talk on ‘Composite Materials in Bicycle Design’ and Sam Brockie, a PhD student in Cambridge University’s Engineering Department, who will be answering ‘How fast should I be pedalling and why?’. Finally, we are looking forward to hearing from Joe Todd about Transcontinental Cycle Racing, what technology to bring and what not to bring. 

Alongside these fantastic speakers, there will be many cycling-related activities for people of all ages. Including virtual cycle racing, bicycles powered Scalextric and craft activities. The Cambridge Museum of Technology’s Education Officer, Jinx St.Léger, will be running a gears workshop and the Cavendish Laboratory will host a cycle physics investigation area. Jacob Butler, Assistant Educational Outreach Officer, said “Our workshop aims to give attendees a better appreciation of the complex physics of bicycles and demonstrate how an understanding of this could make them more efficient cyclists. There will be hands-on demonstrations of the forces that affect cyclists and how a bicycle’s efficiency can be calculated using two simple measurements. We are very excited to be a part of the Cambridge Festival of Cycling and hope we can help to bring an appreciation of the beauty of cycle design to cyclists and non-cyclists alike.” 

If all of this wasn’t enough, there will also be a display area full of iconic cycles, showing the beauty of cycle design, and visitors will have access to all the museums permanent displays. Camcycle and Love to Ride, an organisation dedicated to getting more people cycling, will both be there with information stalls. Emma Cross, Love to Ride’s local project manager, said ‘Love to Ride are excited to be attending CamcycleTech. It’s great to see so many varied events happening as part of the Festival of Cycling. It also ties in perfectly with Cycle September, a month-long competition where individuals and organisations compete to log rides and encourage others to do so.’ 

CamcycleTech is an event for people of all ages to listen, learn, play and participate in this cycle-tech filled day. There will be family-friendly food available at the on-site OtherSyde cafe. Roxanne De Beaux, Executive Director of Camcycle, said “once again our Cambridge community has come together to create an exciting event for the Festival of Cycling. Nothing says ‘Cambridge’ like science and cycling and on 7 September we get to celebrate these things that make Cambridge so special. We expect CamcycleTech to be a great success this year and become a regular fixture for future festivals.”