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    Best university cycling team???

    I am looking into colleges (mostly private universities and some ivy league) and I was wondering which ones hosted the top cycling teams. Any suggestions?
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    good question. i'll be going stateside to do my phd next year. do any of these schools have cycling teams?

    nyu
    rutgers
    johns hopkins
    indiana university
    cornell
    brown
    brandeis
    bu
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    nyu-yes
    rutgers-yes
    johns hopkins-not sure
    indiana university-yes one of the folks here rides for them
    cornell-yes
    brown-yes
    brandeis-I do
    bu-yes
    uiuc-don't know

    Best teams:
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    Penn State (track only)
    Lees Macredy (thats spelled wrong)

    Theres others but those stand out

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    Quote Originally Posted by trekcyclist1000
    I am looking into colleges (mostly private universities and some ivy league) and I was wondering which ones hosted the top cycling teams. Any suggestions?
    among private schools on the west coast, Stanford has a pretty good team. and being
    a private school, they are better supported than the Univ. of Cali. programs.

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    In my absolutely unbiased opinion, he he, UC Berkeley. Much better then that other university located few miles from it. It's a public University thought.

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    this is not entirely related, but one of the minor-ish considerations i have about where i'll land next year [assuming i'm accepted, and i have been at three so far] is the cycling scene and ride quality. my observations so far about the latter:

    nyu: how do you exactly get out of town to start a ride?
    indiana: great countryside, great roads.
    hopkins: out of town, great roads, but getting out of town is the trick.
    brandeis: great roads, great countryside, great 'cross scene.
    cornell: cycling heaven
    bu: see hopkins
    rutgers: see cornell
    brown: haven't a clue. isn't rhode island flat? good 'cross.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinky
    nyu-yes
    rutgers-yes
    johns hopkins-not sure
    indiana university-yes one of the folks here rides for them
    cornell-yes
    brown-yes
    brandeis-I do
    bu-yes
    uiuc-don't know

    Best teams:
    Colorado
    Fort Lewis (mainly mnt)
    UCal Berkley
    UVM
    Penn State (track only)
    Lees Macredy (thats spelled wrong)

    Theres others but those stand out
    Hopkins has a team, they're hosting a collegiate race on the 12th

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phatman
    Hopkins has a team, they're hosting a collegiate race on the 12th
    rats! i'm going to be down there the weekend before!
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    for whatever it's worth: i'm in 1st year phd program now, and maybe your experience will be different than mine(I hope for your sake), but i have just about no time to ride. i can sometimes find an hour or so for a workout in the day, but not the 2+ hours needed for a nice long bike ride. again, hopefully your experience differs from mine.

    and don't come to ann arbor if 'good cycling' is high on your list


    also, i remember penn had a cycling team. no idea how good they were, but one of the guys i rode w/ was on the team and he was strong. and i think the biking in/around philadelphia is great. plus you've got the velodrome about an hour away if yer into that.

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    Velocipedio,

    I graduated Rutgers, New Brunswick is "interesting" to say the least.
    Very nice roads to the west, towards the mountains.
    If you are there be sure to get over to Princeton (hated rivals)
    and check out Kopp's Bicycle shop, see if you can talk your way
    to being shown the upstairs, its virtually a Bicycle racing museum.
    Uh, guess where I'm gonna vote for?

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    hair... if it's anything like my ma experience, it'll be tough but manageable. i doubt i'll have enough time for racing 'cross for a few years, but getting out to ride is something that i always make time to do. of course, it doesn't hurt that i don't usually sleep morte than 6-7 hours. btw, what are you studying? i'm doing history.

    marty... you went to rutgers... tell me about the town. i walked around a bit when i visited jackson lears last fall. it seems like a pleasant enough place; typical college town.
    when walking, just walk. when sitting, just sit. when riding, just ride. above all, don't wobble.

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    Hey, I go to the University of Wisconsin Madison, and we have a pretty good team. Last year we hosted one of the best road nationals ever and that really helped to sure up support for our team. Also, last year we won two of the three mens national championships on the road and the mens overall omnium. The riding in Wisconsin is some of the best I've seen, the only problem is the winter. I didn't go to Madison for the riding, but it sure has worked out well.
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    i was going to apply to wisconsin, but couldn't get my act together for the deadline. [having said that, but hopkins and indiana had dec. 1 deadlines...] and i'm from montreal. i can handle a cheesehead winter.
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    What about Whitman in Walla Walla, Washington? 2003 showed the 3rd best individual male and individual female. Want to climb some hills, go to the Palouse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinky
    nyu-yes
    NYU doesn't have a team or a club. However, there are a bunch of really great teams in the city that you can join.

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    UVA has a team (there was someone from there getting a VO2max test just ahead of me last weekend). He said the cycling around Charlottesville was great. No idea about the quality of the team, but it's a good school and a pretty, relatively low-traffic part of the state.

    Suggest you check the websites of the colleges you are considering and see if they have an intercollegiate team or club.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinky
    nyu-yes
    rutgers-yes
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    cornell-yes
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    This comment about PSU confuses me. I wasn't into road biking when I was in school but there for sure is a great cycling club here at PSU but one thing there ISN'T is a Velodrome. That said there are quite a few people here that do ride track.

    Oh we did win the 2004 collegiate track nationals. BUT WE DON'T HAVE A TRACK!

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    Yale has a team, too. I've seen them out riding before.

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    Ahem. Cal is the 3-time defending National Road Racing champion.

    (disclaimer: I am an alum, although I didn't ride in college, and I support the team by the occasional donation and by buying and proudly wearing the team kit.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grasschopper
    This comment about PSU confuses me. I wasn't into road biking when I was in school but there for sure is a great cycling club here at PSU but one thing there ISN'T is a Velodrome. That said there are quite a few people here that do ride track.

    Oh we did win the 2004 collegiate track nationals. BUT WE DON'T HAVE A TRACK!
    Wow...there's a lot of white people in that picture!

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmhaan
    Wow...there's a lot of white people in that picture!
    they look like guebs or rather goobs'
    Higher ground for the apocalypse!

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmhaan
    Wow...there's a lot of white people in that picture!
    That was supposed to be a joke right? To be honest the ratios in this area are pretty darned lopsided. PSU has clearly brought people of different nationalities to the area...but apparently none of them are in the cycling club. Got to remember we are in the middle of the woods...litterally...40 min drive to any where outside this town and then you are still no where.
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    I believe that USA Cycling named Midwestern State the collegiate program of the year for 2004

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