Southampton University Mountain Bike Club


Welcome to SUMBC

Welcome to the website for Southampton University Mountain Bike Club. Our regular rides are twice weekly, meeting on the Concourse (outside the Union) at 2pm on Wednesdays and 1pm Sundays. We also go on trips to bigger mountains, go on pubcrawls, have BBQs and a variety of other social events. If you want to find out more have a browse around our site.

This website is no longer maintained, you can find us on Facebook instead.


BUCS DH 2013 - Combe Sydenham - 18th April

So once again the BUCS rolls around, this time the DH event was held at the BDS track at Combe Sydenham in Somerset, not far from where a certain Wizard lives, not that that was any advantage; I'd only ridden it once or twice in years gone by.

The track had been ridden the weekend before by a lot of people a lot faster than us lot for the first round of the BDS, and as it'd been wet, it was fairly thoroughly wrecked. This meant the track builder had taped in a bunch of new lines for us for a lot of the length of the track so we got to cut in some stuff on fresh loam. Combining this with the original open field section (with plenty of jumps) and the normal techy bottom section and it was all in all a really fun track, with plenty of scope for making time up on the other racers, and plenty of potential for messing it up.

The event was the now-typical format for DH BUCS, with friday practise, and saturday hosting a bit of practise, followed by a 'qualification' run for all riders, and the top 100 times going through to the 'race' run proper.

The club worked well together, scouting lines and talking through options, but of course when it came down to it it was all about beating each other! I know three of us had decided to forget everyone else and just race against each other, and the rest of us weren't happy to let ourselves be humbled by the guys we ride with all the time!

Qualification runs went down, with some winners and some losers. Three of us; Bill, Chode and Chris, qualified for the race run, Tom Bower came in after those three and before me, James Burrows had a good stab at it, even after missing his race slot because he was trying to help... Rowan Griffin, who had decided to try and change his tyres with not enough time to spare and ended up pinching his tube and missing out completely! Rowan wasn't alone with mechanicals, poor Pascal got a flat in his run, and had to walk pretty much the whole way down!

Race runs turned up some decent results, with Chris coming in a very impressive 7th overall, and managing to not crack his frame in half which we were all expecting. Chode came in 33rd, and Bill had a mechanical and ended up 96th.

Overall, mixed results aside, I think everyone enjoyed themselves, and those of us who get to do it again will likely be looking forward to next year! Can't say I'm not a little sad that this was my last!

- Wizard

Impromptu Super Duper XC Race - 9th March 2013

So what we had planned for the afternoon, a Varsity XC Race with Portsmouth, was cancelled after the Pompey lads apparently could get no further on the trains due to a derailment! Sounds like racing driver excuses to me. Either way, we had a race with just the SUMBC members that showed up.

A nice loop around Lordswood linking up a few trails, a bit of friendly competition, and a photo opportunity, these things made for a decent afternoon, even if we didn't accomplish what we'd hoped to.

Format was 4 laps, or however many you'd managed when the winner completed his 4th.


1st - Chris Keeble-Smith (4 laps)
2nd - Ben Craig (4 laps)
3rd - Steve Robert J Burnett (4 laps)
4th - Samuel F Mead (4 laps)
5th - Pascal Lally (3 + a bit laps)
6th - Rowan Griffin (1 lap)
1st Place - Mega Chris
 2nd Place - Ben Craig
 3rd Place - Smiley Steve
4th Place - Sam Mead
 5th Place - Pascal Lally
6th Place - Rowan Griffin

SUMBC 6X race

After the shred-fest which was today's DH World Cup round quick plans were made to execute
Operation 4X, something which has been in the pipe-line all year yet in true SUMBC fashion had been
delayed and forgotten. The majority of us, having never been to Eastleigh BMX track before were a
bit apprehensive of racing seasoned vets Fresher Luke and DJ-Chris, what with them wiping the floor
with the rest of us during qualifying.

The format that was decided upon (a weird 6X super-enduro style of racing) meant that lane choice
rested upon your previous result with qualifying results deciding the choice of lane for the first race,
then positioning from races scoring points (6 to 1) over 3 rounds. Got it? No, neither do I. But it

Racing all went super smoothly with everyone casing everything, a few inside line crashes, a few
hundred doubles, 1 or 2 more manuals and lots of skids. We were even joined for 1 round of racing
by a few other locals...who showed us up...quite a lot. Best crash goes to Luke, going down hard on
an optimistic loose inside line which he almost nailed. Best effort to Seb, having not ridden anything
like a BMX track before and on an Orange 5...and he didn't even qualify last! Finally best aggression
goes to Ant, nearly barging Chris and myself off the track as he decided he wasn't riding with enough

Congrats to DJ Chris for winning and commiserations to Wizard who slipped a pedal in our uber-
gnarly showdown for 3rd place. Having just written the results I now see I was a mong at the time
and didn't add up Seb or Lukes scores to equal 7, so they didn't have a race to decide their placing.
My bad. You're all winners in my book. Overall a tiring but great evening of racing, definitely one
that will be added to the calendar a hell of a lot more often!

Write up by Tom Bower, photos and video of the day to arrive on Facebook shortly.

Update: Video now up!