The science of cycling set to come alive at the University of Chester

Posted on 8th April 2015

A former local newspaper reporter turned cycling scientist is hosting a two-day biking bonanza at the University of Chester, in a bid to encourage students to make the most of pedal power.

Max Glaskin
Max Glaskin

Max Glaskin trained as a journalist with Leader newspapers in Wrexham, and his experiences of ‘chasing’ stories on his bike instilled a life-long curiosity about the science of cycling. Now Max is to share his passion in a series of interactive events that will give people chance to find out why a bicycle is effective and fun.

He said: “I was a young reporter and couldn’t afford a car so I bought a bike to chase fire engines. Since then I’ve chased stories about hydrogen cars, space rockets and sub-atomic particles and have even spied on MI6 - but I keep getting back on the bike.

“Everyone knows how a bicycle works, but not many people know why it works. That’s what I do now – chase down the amazing science of cycling and share it.”

On Friday, April 24 Max will present a lunch-time talk to local school and University students about the aerodynamics, technology and physiology of cycling, before leading a short ride around the private, quiet roads of the University’s Thornton Science Park. 

Schools are invited to book tickets for this unique biking experience, which actively explores the science of cycling with demonstrations and experiments en route, illustrating how Science and Engineering play a key role in helping riders and machines work together.

Members of the public are invited to take part in a similar event at the University’s Chester Campus at Parkgate Road on Saturday, April 25. Starting at 1pm, Max presents his Cycling Science - the Ride interactive event, based around the Greenway, accessed via the Campus’ main gate.

Helen Southall, Senior Lecturer at the University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering and Programme Leader for MSc Information Systems, is organising the science of cycling events, which are sponsored by Cheshire West and Chester Council and iTravelSmart. She said: “We’re inviting riders of all ages to pedal along and find out why it works.

“Where does your energy go? Why don't cyclists fall over? What's so great about gravity? Max puts the science across in a very energetic way that makes the events fun as well as factual.”

Cycling Science - the Ride (on 25th) starts at 1pm and is suitable for adults, teenagers and children aged 11 and over. Riders aged 11-12 must be accompanied by an older ticket holder. Older children aged 13-18 must provide a note from their parents. Taking part is free, but places are limited and booking is essential. 

At 7.30pm (on 25th) at the Parkgate Road, Chester Campus, Max will entertain with a public talk Mountain Biking Across the Himalayas – a fascinating tale of bikes, travel, scenery and the unexpected.

For both the bike rides, tickets are limited, so booking is essential. Schools can book places on the Friday (April 24) cycle ride by contacting Angela Lupton – email or telephone 01244 51194.

For more information about events on Saturday, April 25, email or call 01244 513096.  To book tickets for the cycle ride and the evening talk, visit

To find out more about Max Glaskin, visit