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Should I race collegiate or club?

Old 04-28-10, 06:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Kris Flatlander View Post
Go to Emerson and START a cycling club. It's really not that hard, you've got to pound some pavement for sponsors and talk things through with the school, but you'll open up the world of collegiate cycling (which, as was mentioned above, is an absolute blast!) to a bunch of your classmates.
A lot of schools (and I would think Emerson would have enough money to do this) will even start you with a small budget if you get X number of people to join, so the sponsership angle wouldn't really be all that difficult unless it got big quick. My school would give any club with like 8 people a $1000 budget or something. which should be enough to get you and 8 guys kits and pay for quite a few entry fees. You get sponsers and you could be completly covered (hotels and travel).
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Old 04-29-10, 12:29 AM
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Collegiate cycling is awesome and it's not even close to being the same as club racing. Most clubs don't really work that well and chances are other people in those races are working for themselves so when it comes down to it everyone is racing for themselves. In Collegiate racing everyone is on a close knit team racing against other close knit teams which equates to actual team tactics. You get to make some awesome friends and it's way cheaper, we just have to pay for food. Team dues were 125 bucks for 6 weekends of racing, housing and transportation. You couldn't even enter an omnium club race for 125 bucks.
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Old 04-30-10, 12:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Kris Flatlander View Post
Go to Emerson and START a cycling club. It's really not that hard, you've got to pound some pavement for sponsors and talk things through with the school, but you'll open up the world of collegiate cycling (which, as was mentioned above, is an absolute blast!) to a bunch of your classmates.
This is the winning answer! It's not that hard to start a club sport, and it's not too hard to register with USAC and get going. Check out the ECCC website; they used to have a bunch of helpful documentation. You'll also need a club clothing order, so it would help if you can get 10 or more people interested (although I've seen teams with whit t-shirts with the school name written on with a sharpie).
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Old 04-30-10, 01:04 PM
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also, our races are more interesting (and generally better) than any of the local races, and they are much cheaper too. There are plenty of $40 crits. Our races are capped at $17.... so start a club at the University of your choice and rock the college season!
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Old 04-30-10, 01:15 PM
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$40 crit?!

Do those come with a free t-shirt, water bottle, and $10 prime?
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Old 04-30-10, 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by MDcatV View Post
aside from when you cant be 2 places at once, is there some reason you cant race both college and usac/club?

Exactly. Do both if you have the option.

BTW, collegiate racing rocks. I wish I'd gotten into it before starting my 3rd university degree.
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Old 04-30-10, 04:47 PM
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Originally Posted by ZeCanon View Post
Because the vibe I got from CU, and Boulder in general, was a giant group of people so preoccupied with themselves and their Green (though really, not so green) lifestyles that they couldn't get out of their own way for all the self-appreciating pats on their own backs.

If that makes any sense.

And that's saying something, coming from a liberal town like Burlington, VT. Boulder is a whole new level of deeply ingrained superiority complex.

I like quite a few people from Boulder. But it was the vibe, maaannnn..... I met too many tools in the two days I spent there.
That's interesting. I will be attending CU next year. Although I should note I don't actually live in Boulder, I live in Longmont, 13 miles away.
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Old 04-30-10, 04:56 PM
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Originally Posted by recon455 View Post
That's interesting. I will be attending CU next year. Although I should note I don't actually live in Boulder, I live in Longmont, 13 miles away.
Remember to make your own choice! I went to CU and absolutely loved it! The reason I went to CU over CSU was because of a professor**** that I was going to have that I knew I would hate!

**** I was a music performance major and he was the director of bands, so there was no getting around this chump.

To the OP: I wish I had done collegiate racing when I was in school. From what I've seen/heard, there's nothing more fun and the sense of team spirit is fantastic.
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Old 04-30-10, 05:45 PM
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Indeed, to each their own. Many love CU. I have a friend from highschool who loves it. I probably would have liked it just fine. But I'm very happy up here in the Fort
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Regardless of which university you choose, join a local club. If you end up at BU, you can join their club in addition to your USAC club.

I'd guess that well over half of the racers in the ACCC are also on USAC clubs (much higher number in higher categories). The collegiate season goes from February to April, but then you probably want to race with a team during the summer too.
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