First cycle road race

September 2018

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

Writtle University College is holding its first road race with its elite cycling team partner OnForm.

The 58-mile (93km) road race, which is part of the Eastern Road Race League, will be held on Sunday 30 September with laps of a route starting from the University College, going out to Leaden Roding, looping around the Rodings and back to the main campus.

Some of the students on the Foundation Degree in Cycling Performance will be competing on the day while others have helped organise the road race and will assist with the logistics, giving them valuable experience of the event management aspect of the sports industry.

Mark Walker, Cycling Performance Course Manager, said: “We’re very pleased to be putting on our first British Cycling road race with Team OnForm, which has enjoyed fantastic success over the last year.

“Our partnership was launched in 2017 with a celebration event and informal road race from the University College and we’re glad to build on this experience to organise this event.

“The Foundation Degree enables passionate cyclists to achieve a cycling-orientated sports science qualification. The timetable of study is based around a summer cycling season, which is of huge benefit to students as it enables them to leave the University College in March to undertake work-based learning in the cycling industry.

“The partnership with Team OnForm gives our students an invaluable insight into the workings of an elite level cycling team. This experience is really important for their prospects after university with opportunities in competitive cycling and coaching as well as in roles that support this exciting industry, such as event management and cycling development.”

For more information about the Cycling Performance Foundation Degree, visit