CamcycleTech: exploring the science and technology of cycling

Museum of Technology

Pack your spanner, pack your pliers and join us for the brand new CamcycleTech event at the Cambridge Museum of Technology. Great for families, there will be something for everyone.

We will be celebrating the enduring technology of the bicycle which liberated people in the past and offers us sustainable transport in the future.

You will have access to all the museum’s permanent displays and there will be lots of fun and interactive cycle-centred activities. These include virtual cycle racing, a gears workshop, bicycle physics investigation area and cycle-powered scalextrics. There will also be a bicycle themes craft activities, a cafe filled with delicious family-friendly food and a series of speakers talking about cycle design and materials, the technology needed for transcontinental racing and the optimum cycling cadence..


Sam Brockie – ‘How fast should I be Pedalling and Why?’ –  10:30-11:30

Sam is currently in his third year studying for a PhD in the Cambridge University Engineering Department and doing research alongside British Cycling in the field of Computational Biomechanics (or “building computer models of our GB cycling athletes”). He also works with British Cycling in helping to develop and improve their cycling-related modelling, simulation and optimisation software. Once a keen cyclist himself, Sam was the President of Cambridge University Cycling Club and part of the winning Varsity Cycling team in 2013, he now much prefers a nice Sunday cafe ride when the sun’s out.

Mike Burrows – ‘Life as a bike designer, builder and racer’ –  11:30-12:30

Mike Burrows is an engineer who has designed bicycles for Giant, the world’s biggest bicycle manufacturer. He pioneered the carbon fibre monocoque racing bike, as ridden by Chris Boardman to Olympic gold in 1992, and the compact road bike, used by the ONCE professional cycle racing team. For many years he has also designed, built and raced recumbents.

Richard Matthews – ‘Composite Materials in Bicycle Design’ –  14:00-15:00

Richard Matthews is an engineer with over 25 years experience in composite materials and product development.  He spent 10 years as the Senior Composite Engineer at Cervelo Cycles, leading the development of ground breaking bicycles like the R5ca, Rca, P4 and P5X.  He is currently employed as a Project Engineering Manager at Lotus in Hethel, working on advanced composite materials research.

Joe Todd – ‘Transcontinental cycle racing’ –  15:00-16:00

Joe is a local Cambridge cyclist who first got into cycling with the Cambridge Cycling Club. He took part in the 2015 edition of the Transcontinental Race 2015, cycled 4000km across Europe and came 19th. He was the youngest rider and was awarded the ‘Spirit of the Race’ award.

Ticket Prices

You will need to purchase museum tickets on the door. 

All visitors before 30th September 2019 will get a ticket allowing them to return again once for free in the following 12 months.

Adults – £5
Concessions* – £4
Children aged 5 to 18 – £3
Families of two adults and up to four children – £13.00
Families of one adult and up to four children – £8.00
Museum members and volunteers – Free
Museum Association members – Free

* Concessions are seniors (65+), disabled visitors in receipt of PIP, students, and recipients of Universal Credit. Accompanying carers for disabled visitors are free.

Venue address: 
Cambridge Museum of Technology,
The Old Pumping Station,
Cheddars Lane,

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