Riders coming to the University of Nottingham will form part of one of the best performance cycling set ups in the country on-and-off the track.

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Performance Cycling

Why Nottingham?

We have a proud history of cycling success at UoN, with cyclists from all disciplines joining our extensive cycling programme, competing at the highest levels of the sport, and consistently winning BUCS medals. ​Our cycling programme is led by a team of cycling coaches and supported by highly qualified professional support staff from the university sports department. The support includes bi-weekly strength and conditioning sessions, workshops in nutrition, psychology and anti-doping, and personalised training programmes to help athletes achieve their goals.​

It provides the resources and opportunity for all athletes to reach their full potential. Harvey Hadden Closed Circuit in Nottingham, Derby Arena Velodrome and the Peak District nearby by provide the best training track, road and trail for all cycling disciplines; there isn’t a better place to study and reach your cycling ambitions. There are opportunities to represent the University at all BUCS events and ride at the National Track Cycling Championships.​

We aim to be the best destination for dual-career cyclists and students in the UK, whatever two wheels they ride.

University of Nottingham Sport Performance Cycling

Supporting our student-athletes

Our Performance Cycling Programme


High Performance Zone for Strength & Conditioning

done On-site Sports Injury Clinic with specialist sports physiotherapy, sports massage support and plunge pool
done Heated Hydrotherapy Pool and ice bath for rehab and recovery
done Track sessions at Derby Velodrome
done BUCS Track Cycling
done BUCS Team Time Trial

BUCS 10-mile, 25-mile Time Trials, & 3-up Time Trials

done BUCS Road Race

BUCS Downhill


British National Track Championships


Road training sessions supported by a follow car

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Performance Coaching

Our team

Our coaching team is led by an experienced road and track coach Tom Haines. Tom is a British Cycling Level 2 coach in track, road, time trial and cyclo-cross and has significant experience coaching youth, junior and U23 riders. A previous BUCS winner Tom has a real understanding of achieving within University sport. Combining a Masters in Psychology and Sports and Exercise Psychology with a love of all things bike racing, Tom has a coaching philosophy that places enjoyment and self-expression at the centre.​

In the velodrome, the team is supported by Michael Gill an expert in all things Team Pursuit, multiple national track championship medallist, and member of the GB track cycling squad. On the road, the team benefits from the expertise of Grainne Hanley, a UCI qualified coach with experience coaching in international stage and one-day races.​

The mountain bike team is coached by Michael Vickers; as a rider, he raced downhill world cups and for the past 8 years, has coached the British Downhill/4x team at World Cup and world championship events. He also has experience coaching BMX at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester.​

​Whatever your discipline, we have the best support network and coaches to help you achieve your goals.​

Tom Haines - Performance Cycling Coach