rauch.jpgDr Ferdinand Rauch joins Brasenose College in October 2012 as the new Economics Fellow. Simultaneously he accepted a position as University Lecturer at the Department of Economics at Oxford University.  He arrives from London, where he spent two years as a Research Officer at the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics.

Dr Rauch's research interests consider different empirical application of microeconomic theory, mainly in the areas of international trade and regional and urban economics.  He has written papers on diverse topics such as the relationship between population density and the growth rate of population of cities, the impact of China's exports on producers in Mexico, the success and failure of African exporters and the effects of advertising on equilibrium market prices.

Dr Rauch is Austrian by nationality.  He studied at the University of Vienna and the London School of Economics.  He worked for over a year as a consultant for the World Bank research department, and visited the Princeton economics department.  At Brasenose he will teach undergraduate courses in microeconomics.

tamara_choir_screen_shot.jpgUpcoming band Tamara and the Martyrs have teamed up with Brasenose College Choir on a track for their forthcoming album.

Recorded in Brasenose College's beautiful 17th Century Chapel and conducted by Director of Music, Jonny Newell, the choral section will appear on the track ‘I Stuck it Out', which is a 'chamber-pop murder ballad' based on themes from the famous Hardy novel ‘Jude the Obscure'.

Tamara Parsons-Baker, the singer and guitarist in the band, was born and grew up in Oxford, but taught herself to play the guitar whilst studying in Tokyo just a few years ago. She commented: "when writing this song I kept hearing a choir part in my head, so I went to Brasenose and asked the Director of Music if the choir would like to feature on the track. The choir were great to work with and the final product was even better than I'd imagined."

Brasenose College Choir is open to all students and prides itself on its friendly atmosphere which fosters musical excellence within a sociable environment. In keeping with this philosophy, no auditions are required and the choir is entirely voluntary. Jonny Newell, the Director of Music, commented: "'It was a real privilege for a small number of members of Brasenose College Chapel Choir to be asked to perform the backing vocals for one of the tracks on Tamara and the Martyrs' new album. We spent a Saturday morning rehearsing and recording the material, which I had previously transcribed on to manuscript paper from a sketch recording. It was a great experience for all of us to be involved in this process, as it involved a degree of crossover of musical genres and included a strong element of understanding the recording process (learning among other things that we all had to take our shoes off!). This was very different from our usual rehearsals for Evensong, but it demonstrates that music making of any/all types is welcomed in College."

 

2012_academic_success.jpgBrasenose College is delighted to announce stunning results for our undergraduate examinations this summer. Of the 96 Finalists, 41 achieved first-class degrees and a further 51 secured a 2:1 (upper-second) classification. Eight of our students were awarded University prizes or received special commendation from the Chair of Examiners in recognition of their performances.

Brasenose's Senior Tutor commented on the news: "These very encouraging results reflect the admission of a highly gifted set of students who have benefited from excellent teaching and support. I wish all of our Finalists the best of luck for the future and hope they are able to visit the College again soon."

Brasenose is a friendly, close-knit academic community situated in the heart of the University of Oxford. It has a long tradition of academic excellence and welcomes undergraduate applications from students who are passionate and enthusiastic about their chosen subject. Brasenose aims to admit the brightest students, regardless of background, and to enable its undergraduates to fulfil their potential.

If you are thinking of applying to Oxford this autumn, view our prospectus_online and consider visiting during our September Open Day.

quantum_information_computation_and_communication.jpgResearch Sketch: Quantum Information, Computation and Communication

By Brasenose Physics Tutor, Professor Jonathan Jones

The world revealed to us by quantum mechanics is famously weird: objects can behave as both particles and waves, exploring many different possibilities at the same time, but jumping apparently randomly to a single state when they are observed. Einstein was so disturbed by this behaviour that he devoted much of his career to futile attempts to disprove the theory.

A later generation, epitomised by Richard Feynman, adopted a more practical approach.  Retreating behind the dictum that "nobody understands quantum mechanics" they instead concentrated on applying the theory to the physical world. The triumphs of modern physical science and technology, from the Higgs boson to the iPad, are a testament to the success of such pragmatism, but ultimately this approach still feels unsatisfactory.

Quantum information theory arises from a new and radically different approach: taking quantum mechanics at its word.  If quantum mechanics is weird, which it certainly is, and yet a correct description of our world, which current experiments suggest it to be, then we should embrace this quantum weirdness and see where it leads us.  A quantum object can be in many different states at once, and if we choose to interpret these states as different numerical values then we have a quantum memory which can store many different numbers at the same time.  A quantum computer can then manipulate all these numbers simultaneously, performing many different calculations with a single device.  With a suitable quantum system it should be possible to perform computations so complex that they could not be carried out on any conceivable classical system, even if we converted the whole world into a single giant computer.

amy_and_louis.jpgThe summer undergraduate Open Days of 2012 were held at Brasenose College in late June. Despite significant rainfall in the run up, the days themselves were thankfully dry and sunny, and hundreds of prospective applicants, teachers and parents visited Brasenose.

 40 current students from nearly every subject were on hand for questions about undergraduate life and to run in depth tours for visitors. Subject tutors were also available at various times to discuss with prospective applicants how the undergraduate courses are run, the tutorial system, how to apply and other topics.  The Senior Tutor, Dr Simon Smith, and the Schools Officer, Dr Joe Organ, also delivered four general admissions talks during the Open Days.

Joe Organ commented: "Open Days are the perfect time for prospective applicants to get an idea of what it's like studying and living at Brasenose and Oxford. It's really useful for the visitors to meet our students, as it helps them see that it could be them in a few years time studying here. The Open Days also help us debunk some of the myths associated with this University; potential, enthusiasm and intellectual curiosity are the ingredients you need to study at Oxford, it doesn't matter where you are from, what you look like or who your parents are, for instance."

The final Open Day of 2012 will be on Friday 14 September. There is no need to book for Brasenose College - just turn up anytime between 9am and 5pm. Student helpers will be on hand all day to answer questions and run tours of College. Tutors will be available at various times so check our Open Days web pages for timings and other information closer to the September date.

 

nicola_byrom_and_richard_cooper.jpgTwo Brasenose members, Professor Richard Cooper and doctoral student Nicola Byrom had the honour of carrying the Olympic Torch as it passed through Oxford this week.

Professor Cooper, a Brasenose Fellow in French since 1977, has been involved in sport at Oxford for 45 years, representing the University in hockey and lacrosse, and also acting as Chair of the University Sports Committee for 15 years. He still plays for the University Emeriti cricket team. Professor Cooper's research interests are French Renaissance literature, relations between France and Italy in the Renaissance, Court Festivals, Renaissance antiquarians and Renaissance manuscript painting. He teaches Sixteenth to Eighteenth Century French Literature courses to undergraduate Modern Linguists. He has held visiting academic posts in Paris, Rome, Massachusetts and Princeton and was recently awarded the Commandeur des Palmes Academiques, bestowed by the French government for significant contributions to French education and culture.

Nicola Byrom is studying for a doctorate in Experimental Psychology; she researches the cognitive processes involved in depression.  In 2009 she launched Student Run Self Help, a volunteer-run organisation which provides self-help groups across the country for students with eating disorders. She has raised more than £60,000 for the programme.

bnc_mens_rowing.jpgSummer Eights Rowing Report

By Amrit Gosal (2nd Year Medic)

Brasenose enjoyed a great four days of rowing in the glorious sunshine that arrived in Oxford for "Eights Week". The customary idyllic summer weather that so often characterizes Trinity Term rowing had instead been replaced by the wettest April for years - prompting river-closures for the majority of the build up to Eights. Brasenose College Boat Club (known as BNCBC) therefore took to the gym and we rediscovered our love of "erging" - aiming to make up for lost water time by maximizing our fitness and strength. With only around a week to go, the Isis (a nickname for the section of the Thames flowing through Oxford) opened and we were allowed out on the water to make the final preparations before Eights. 

The men's First VIII, called the Childe of Hale, achieved two impressive "bumps". The women's First VIII knew it would be a huge task to repeat their "Torpids" success and this indeed proved to be the case, as despite their strong fighting spirit, the inexperience of the crew took its toll. The men's Second VIII rapidly progressed, adding three bumps to their name. No doubt many members of this strong crew will be aiming to earn Childe of Hale colours in the coming year. The women's Second VIII probably experienced the most up-and-down week, with bumps galore (both achieved and received) as well as a crash from a following crew resulting in BNC's cox narrowly escaping serious injury.

The Men's Third boat, a composite crew of many boat club members past, present, (and female, too!) earned their second set of "blades" (meaning they bumped on all four days of the competition) in a year. The achievements of this most mysterious and changeable set of rowers will soon be chalked on to a College wall (similar to pictured, left), as a testament to the value of raw speed and little practice...

olympicene_-_ibm_research_zurich.jpg Professor Graham Richards CBE, Emeritus fellow of Brasenose College, has had his vision of a molecular structure with three hexagonal rings above two others realised through a collaborative project between the Royal Society of Chemistry, the University of Warwick and IBM Research. The molecule, which Professor Richards first conceived whilst doodling in a planning meeting, is the smallest possible five-ringed structure - about 100,000 times thinner than a single human hair. It was brought to life using a combination of synthetic chemistry and cutting-edge imaging techniques.

The molecule has been named Olympicene, due to its striking resemblance to the five rings of the Olympic symbol. Professor Richards hopes that, although the molecules may have a commercial application, they will primarily serve to provoke an interest in Chemistry through the link with the Olympics.

As well as coming to Brasenose as an undergraduate, Professor Richards was a Chemistry tutor at the College for over 30 years and chairman of the University's Chemistry Department from 1997-2006. He founded Oxford Molecular, a company which provided software to researchers, and later helped set up Isis Innovation, Oxford's technology transfer company. In 2010 he was listed in the top 100 most important contemporary figures in British science by The Times Newspaper's Eureka magazine and appointed as one of the two Vice-Presidents of the Royal Society of Chemistry. In spring 2011 was elected as a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. He recently published the book 50 Years at Oxford, a personal reflection through a career at the University spanning five decades.

Image produced by IBM Research - Zurich

beating_of_the_bounds.jpgAscension Day, which fell on the 17th May this year, was marked at Brasenose College with two old traditions.

The Beating of the Bounds ceremony passed through Brasenose during the morning of Ascension Day. The custom, observed in a few parishes across England and Wales has probably been in existence for over a millennium, and originated in the need for church officials to perambulate the boundaries of their parish. The boundaries of the parishes of the churches of St. Michael at the Northgate and St. Mary the Virgin (also known as the ‘University Church') pass through Brasenose College and on Ascension Day groups from both parishes visit and mark the boundary stones located on certain walls of college buildings by marking them with the year in chalk and beating them with willow sticks!

Secondly, at lunch time on Ascension Day each year, Brasenose College members are permitted to enter Lincoln College via a tiny connecting door between the two colleges, which leads from Brasenose's Old Quad directly into the Lincoln College kitchens. The door is opened for five minutes and it is the only time during the year that this door is unlocked. Brasenose members are served an ale in Lincoln College, which is traditionally flavoured with ground ivy, handpicked by the Lincoln College butler in local woods, to discourage Brasenose members from taking liberties with the kind hospitality by requesting more than one drink.

 

rugbysevens.jpgBrasenose College became Oxford University Rugby Sevens champions after winning a tournament held at the University sports grounds on the 5th of May.

The tournament, which took place in a single day, involved 24 college teams, with one team from each of eight pools progressing to the knock-out stages. After winning their pool, Brasenose saw off New College 26-5 in their quarter final, before facing St Hilda's College in the semi-final. St Hilda's had looked dangerous in the preliminary rounds, and Brasenose won through in a tight game 19-12. The final, against Pembroke College, proved to be a more one-sided affair, with Ben Claxton (2nd year Physics) scoring two tries, and Ed Bonnell (2nd year History) and Hee-Won Cho (3rd year Maths) scoring a try each. Brasenose eventually won 26-7.

The captain of the team, Jack Barber (2nd Year Biochemistry) commented: "Once again the team played with great skill and flair, resulting in an unbeatable outfit that went on to become Sevens champions. This is a title befitting the core of committed players that have turned up week in, week out, and one that I have been proud to lead"

The Brasenose College Sevens team find themselves champions for the second time in three years.

Read more about the academic and social opportunities at Brasenose.

diane_coyle.jpgThis year's Tanner Lectures on Human Values, entitled ‘The Public Responsibilities of the Economist', took place on Friday 18May and Saturday 19 May in the Nelson Mandela Lecture Theatre at the Said Business School. The lectures were given by Dr Diane Coyle OBE, Visiting Professor at the Institute for Political and Economic Governance, University of Manchester.

Dr Coyle studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Brasenose College, before going on to complete a doctorate at Harvard University. As well as her visiting professorship at the University of Manchester, she runs the consultancy Enlightenment Economics, is Vice-Chair of the BBC Trust and was for eight years a member of the Competition Commission. She specialises in competition analysis and the economics of new technologies and globalisation, including extensive work on the impacts of mobile telephony in developing countries. She is the author of several books, including The Economics of Enough, The Soulful Science, Sex, Drugs and Economics, Paradoxes of Prosperity, Governing the World Economy and The Weightless World. She has also published numerous book chapters, reports and articles, and was formerly a regular presenter on BBC Radio 4's Analysis.

Her first lecture was at 5pm on 18 May. The second lecture was at 11am on 19 May, followed by a discussion with a distinguished panel from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm.

The text of the lectures can be accessed here.

These public lectures are open to all. Find out more on the Tanner Lectures and the Tanner Foundation.

Read more about PPE at Brasenose College.

buddhas.jpgDr Llewelyn Morgan, Classics Fellow at Brasenose College, has published The Buddhas of Bamiyan, a book about the two massive statues of Buddha in Afghanistan, carved in the sixth and seventh centuries but destroyed by the Taliban in 2001.

The book, published by Profile under the Wonders of the World series, tells the story of the monuments over the fourteen centuries of their existence, from their creation to their destruction. It tells of the intense interest the statues provoked from Islamic cultures, European adventurers and contemporary Buddhist observers. The book also delves into the rich history of the fertile and beautiful province of Bamiyan, which occupied a pivotal position at the nexus of trade routes across the Hindu Kush.

In this personal account, Dr Morgan provides an accessible history of the Buddhas of Bamiyan, the Bamiyan region and its Hazara inhabitants, as well as the various protagonists from other faiths and cultures over the centuries. The book is also a contemporary account, pondering on what the future might hold for the people of Bamiyan and Afghanistan itself.

Dr Morgan's interest in Afghanistan was sparked when he discovered an old Russian samovar, a kind of kettle, in his grandmother's attic. The object was a mystery, but a quick polish revealed an inscription that had remained secret for many years; "Candahar 1881". He has visited Afghanistan several times and has written historical and contemporary pieces on the country. Most recently, he debated on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme with Ben Macintyre, columnist and associate editor of The Times, whether the Bamiyan statues should be repaired before the US and UK forces withdraw from Afghanistan. This can be listened to here for a limited time.

Dr Morgan teaches most literature courses offered in Classics and related subjects, in both Latin and Greek. Read more about Classics at Brasenose.

brasenose_arts_festival.jpgThe annual Brasenose Arts Festival begins on Sunday 6th May. The festival features six days of open-air plays, music concerts, workshops, poetry readings and exhibitions as well as an outdoor summer bar, all organised by Brasenose students.

Highlights this year include performances of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Doll's House and Blithe Spirit; an Art Exhibition curated by Daniel Udy (Fine Art, Second Year); a Zumba workshop; a showing of the film A Clockwork Orange; a ghost stories performance by R M Lloyd Parry (BNC alumnus); an Open Mic evening of impromptu music and a Brasenose Blues Jam; a comedy sketch show with Tommy Peto (PPE, Second Year) and Tris Puri (Modern Languages, Second Year); a Bake Off, entitled "Much Adough About Muffin"; a Life in the Arts Cream Tea, where former Brasenose students now working in the arts speak about their experiences; and last but not least the Arts Festival Cabaret.

The Brasenose Arts Festival is the second-largest arts week event in Oxford, after the Turl Street Arts Festival. It is the culmination of months of planning and organisation by the Arts Festival Committee, headed by Chris Webb (English, Second Year) and Amy Lewin (English, Second Year).

george_southcombe.jpgDr George Southcombe (pictured), Brasenose lecturer in Early Modern History, hosted a book launch at Brasenose College this week. English Nonconformist Poetry, 1660-1700 is a three volume set, edited by Dr Southcombe and published by Pickering and Chatto.

After the Civil War, religious dissent was fact of life in England and was finally, if incompletely, accepted in the Toleration Act of 1689. Nonconformists, although small in number, produced a volume of printed material which belied their numbers. This body of work was used for an enormous variety of purposes. In this, the first scholarly edition of nonconformist poetry, Dr Southcombe draws together a representative selection of dissenting poetry. It includes poetry by Robert Wild, Thomas Grantham, Katherine Sutton, Benjamin Keach and Martin Mason.

Dr Southcombe provides a general introduction, headnotes, endnotes and textual variants. The volumes are relevant for scholars studying Early Modern Literature and History, Bunyan, Milton, and Religious Studies.

teach_first_visit.jpgLast term, former English student Chris Kemp returned to Brasenose as a teacher, bringing with him a group of Year 11 students from his school.

Following an undergraduate degree and Masters in English, Chris left Brasenose in 2010 and joined Teach First, an organisation that places graduates as teachers in underperforming schools throughout England. He is currently completing his Newly Qualified Teacher year as an English teacher in Wombwell High School, a comprehensive school in an ex-mining community four miles from Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

The group participated in sessions delivered by Joe Organ (Schools Officer) and Sos Eltis (English Fellow), visited the Natural History and Pitt Rivers museums, had a tour of Brasenose, college lunch, a Q+A with current students and free time to explore Oxford. Chris commented: "Joe Organ and Sos Eltis, our hosts, gave us exactly what we needed: an unpretentious, enthusiastic and realistic introduction to Oxford life. As I had anticipated, the shrunken heads in the Pitt Rivers went down a storm, but having the chance to meet staff and students was a rare and valuable experience for my students; it was perhaps the first time that they had seriously talked about going to Oxford."

Brasenose College supports Teach First, and this year is offering up to five £1000 bursaries for Brasenose Students that join the programme in summer 2012. A number of Brasenose students have gone on to Teach First already, and the College hopes to establish and maintain schools liaison links with other graduates who are completing or have completed this programme.

Read more about Brasenose's Schools Liaison activities.

ed_bispham.jpgDr Ed Bispham, Fellow in Ancient History, appeared in the second episode of Meeting the Romans on BBC TV on the 24th April. 

The programme, one of a series presented by Professor Mary Beard, focuses on the forgotten lives of the ordinary Romans, rather than the Emperors, Generals, Colosseum and Imperial Palaces of the ancient empire. The second episode, entitled Streetlife, takes a vivid look at the slums of ancient Rome. Dr Bispham accompanies Mary Beard into the remains of a brick insula, described as the Roman equivalent of an inner city high-rise apartment block, right in the centre of Rome. They discuss what life would have been like for ordinary Romans in the apartment blocks, ranging from the relatively affluent inhabitants of the spacious first floor, to the squalid upper floors.

Dr Bispham teaches in Ancient History (Greek and Roman) and his research interests lie in the history and archaeology of Italy, where he ran an excavation project for a decade. He has written articles on Roman law, colonization, and inscriptions; he is author of From Asculum to Actium: The Municipalization of Italy from the Social War to Augustus and is the editor of Roman Europe among other books. 

Meeting the Romans Episode Two can be viewed on here until early May. Dr Bispham's section appears just over nine minutes into the programme.

Read more about studying Classics, Classical Archaeology and Ancient History and Ancient and Modern History at Brasenose College.

clairewickes.jpgLast term, Brasenose music undergraduate Claire Wickes starred as a soloist at the Hilary Term concert of the Oxford University Philharmonia orchestra.

The concert was held at the Sheldonian Theatre, and featured Brahms' Academic Festival Overture, Nielsen's Flute Concerto (Soloist: Claire Wickes) and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 (Pathétique), conducted by Benjamin Goodson. The evening also including a pre-concert talk by Dr Daniel Grimley, University Lecturer and Fellow of Merton College, who recently published the book Carl Nielsen and the Idea of Modernism.

Claire was the winner of this year's Oxford University Philharmonia  concerto competition, which earned her the right to choose a concerto to perform with the orchestra. She commented: "the Nielsen flute concerto is really a very challenging piece for both orchestra and soloist and everything came together perfectly. The Sheldonian was packed full, with a great turn-out from Brasenose."

 

noughties.jpgTwo Brasenose alumni have just brought out their debut novels in the same month: Grace McLeen's The Land of Decoration has just been published by Chatto and Windus and Ben Masters's Noughties is out with Hamish Hamilton. Both authors studied English at Brasenose, and it's really wonderful to see their extraordinary academic talents translating into acclaimed works of fiction.

Ben Masters's Noughties is a rambunctious, stylish, exuberantly comic novel which opens in the King's Arms as Eliot Lamb and his friends celebrate the last night of their three years as Oxford students. Readers can judge for themselves how accurately Ben has drawn on his time at Brasenose to create the erudite tutorials and alcohol-fuelled nights of his hero's time at Holywell College.  The self-admiring tutors could, of course, only be the product of an untrammelled and fanciful imagination.  

Ben went on to complete a Masters in English at Brasenose, and is currently writing a Ph.D. on style and contemporary fiction at Cambridge University. With panache and humour, Ben draws on a whole host of influences. To quote the Financial Times:

‘Ben Masters' lively debut novel Noughties is thick with allusions to popular culture and song. Amid the paragraphs of pastiche Martin Amis and Oscar Wilde are lyrics by Joe Strummer and Jarvis Cocker. Noughties is, among other things, a bittersweet hymn to the "ignorant bliss" and "entitlement" of student days. Masters finds lugubrious, philosophic humour in his own university past and in human ambition generally.... Masters' influences are diverse, borrowing from Joyce as well as the scurrilities of Restoration poet John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, (on whom Eliot writes an essay) to contrive a lewd, exaggerated prose. ... Noughties is a caustic, street-smart novel for our times.'

Grace McLeen's magical and haunting first novel, The Land of Decoration centres on Judith, brought up in a fundamentalist Christian sect, who comes to believe she has the power to control events through her miniature model ‘land of decoration'. It's an acute, remarkable, heart-stopping and often comically acerbic novel, which is, as the Daily Mail put it, ‘a small miracle in itself'.  To quote the Independent, ‘Grace McLeen's writing is deep, fantastical and powerful ... She has been able to observe a fascinating, self-contained world with generosity, wonder and spirit. This is a wonderful gem of a debut novel.'

tape_cutting.jpgThe College was delighted to unveil new catering facilities during a ceremony and complimentary breakfast for staff and students on the 14th of March.

Fabulous new modern kitchens have been installed, with state-of-the-art cooking equipment fit for the 21st century, helping our chefs to continue to provide excellent food for up to 500 students per day. Lorraine Watkins, our head chef, commented: "we are all very excited about the new kitchen and the team all want to come up with new ideas for the menu".  The kitchens were officially opened by representatives of the undergraduate, graduate, staff and academic communities during a ribbon cutting ceremony (photo, right).

A beautiful new dining facility has also been created in a fully restored 15th century building in the heart of college, originally the college kitchens and most recently used as the servery. The new dining space, to be known as the Mediaeval Kitchen will complement the existing 16th century dining hall, which will remain the main location for student meals. A new servery, where students will collect their meals, has also been added. Philip Parker, Bursar, comments: "This has been a huge and complex project, but we have finished on time and within budget. The design and construction have been to a very high standard and we are delighted with the resulting buildings which are both beautiful and functional. The architects at Berman Guedes Stretton, the builders at Kingerlee, and all the other consultants and contractors involved did an excellent job for the College."

dan_wainwright.jpgDan Wainwright (3rd Year - PPE) has run 10 kilometres in an all-body Spandex ‘Morph Suit' for charity. His report of the race is below:

"Arriving at the river by Ham House for my 10k, the first thing that struck me was that no-one was in fancy dress. In fact, everyone else looked like they knew what they were doing (some were even warming up). Training, for them, had probably consisted of more than one run followed by an eating competition. I got a few surprised looks as the civilian clothes came off and my alter ego, MorphMan, came out.

As the race got underway, I realised that the biggest problem would not be breathing, but the fact that I could only see about three yards ahead of me. The world was strangely two dimensional, and I had to follow very close behind people so I knew where I was going.  Fortunately after about four kilometres the sun was behind me, so I could see much better. However throwing water over my face was not the best decision I will ever make as this led to a momentary panic as I lost my bearings completely. After an exciting sprint finish I clocked in at 58 minutes and 22 seconds, a time I was very happy with given the circumstances.

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