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Shhh Secret Squirrel!

26 November 2013

Chris Boardman, Martin Daunton and Tony PurnellChris Boardman. three time winner of the Tour de France Yellow Jersey, holder of the World Hour Record for a number of years, and founder of his own very successful bike firm has paid a visit to Trinity Hall.  Until recently Chris lead the so called 'Secret Squirrel Club' that has masterminded technical advantage for Team GB's cyclists with quite outstanding success.  He has now passed this baton to Professor Tony Purnell, a new Fellow at Trinity Hall who, along with all the Master and Fellows, was delighted to welcome him to the college.  Chris spent the day reviewing a number of Engineering bike racing 4th year projects, as well as hearing about the work on bicycle safety being undertaken at the University.   Boardman was nicknamed 'The Professor' for his meticulous preparation, commitment to using the best equipment and being instrumental in harnessing engineering expertise to gain a speed advantage.

In the evening he dined with a small number of undergraduates following an informal interview on his career.  Professor Purnell reports that Chris was as intrigued by Cambridge students as perhaps they were by him. 

The visit is the first in a Series of 'Meet the Boss' events at Trinity Hall whereby notable figures from industry and sport come to dine with students to debate issues arising from their work. 

Photograph: Chris Boardman, Professor Martin Daunton, Master of Trinity Hall, and Professor Tony Purnell

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