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College cycling, what to expect?

Old 07-02-10, 09:04 PM
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College cycling, what to expect?

A little about me first, I'm going into senior year in high school. I've been a distance runner for years, varsity running for a year or two now. This spring, I finally hopped on my dad's old road bike and loved it. I really can't get enough, and it's cutting into my training for the running season! Well, I'm definitely thinking about getting into racing at college, but I just want to see what I might be getting myself into. Application season is coming up, and cycling just might make or break a school. Keep in mind too, I have zero experience riding in groups or racing. It's tough, there's not a lot of opportunity where I'm from. Any stories, any advice?
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While I wouldn't pick a college based on their cycling program, I can tell you that cycling teams/clubs are a lot of fun. They will teach you all about group riding and racing. My freshman year in college I trained with the team and only did two races in the spring. This past year I became more involved coordinating travel for the team. I learned a lot about what it takes to make a club work. I also raced every race this spring and grew a lot as a rider, thanks to my supportive team mates. Feel free to PM me or just ask me any questions on this thread.
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Our collegiate cycling team is a club. We do both mountain bike and road races. However, there are many people on the team that don't race. Our team is more about having fun and meeting new people. There are people that do seriously train and race to win. However, there are also others that ride for fun and enter in races for the fun of competition. Those people might not win, and aren't expected to train so that they can.

The main point is that our team is for anyone who enjoys riding a bike.
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Where you are going to school would depend. I'm also a runner, I'll be a Junior on my College XC/Track teams (and hopefully we make Nationals this year!). It seems like large state schools have cycling clubs. I go a small private school and we have a few kids who bike, but the only 'club' we have would be the one made up of a few of us runners wanting to cross train once a week, and until this year, only one of them has had a road bike.

First off, do you want to continue to run in college? Its a different experience being on a team where people want to be there and where there are either cuts made or the coach kicks you off if you aren't dedicated enough. If you can run a 4:40 mile / 10:00 / 16:30 XC time, you should be able to contribute to many smaller school's teams your freshman year. If you look at bigger state schools, expect 4:25/9:30/15:30 XC times to be more of a guideline to just get on the team.

One of my high school teammates was on University of Dayton's Tri team and loved it.

I know with cycling, although alot depends on talent, hard work and dedication, some does rely on your bike. You'll find a good bike worthy of racing will cost you a pretty penny. Not to mention that you'll need extra tubes and other gear to go along with the bike.

You just have to decide what you want
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Racers are very aggressive and reckless.

If you have little group riding experience, stay far away. Spend at least a few months riding in groups.

In the D's there's about 3-4 crashes every race (midwest conference). Most of them are caused by racers who don't have group riding experience.
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Yeah, I'm really not too sure about college running. I'm within reaching distance of those times, especially by the end of the year, but being serious about it is another issue That's a good point too, about the expense. You're right, it's a decision.

Jeez, 3-4 crashes? Sounds intense! I'll definitely try finding some group rides, see how that works out. It's tough, but I might have to just tag along with some of the older guys at the shop!

As for equipment, what am I looking at? Does the club / sponsors offset the cost at all? All I know is, I'm gonna be a typical broke college kid.
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The club at my school receives discounts from a local bike shop, but no sort of compensation. You're on your own for everything.

I'd imagine it's the same at other schools too.
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At the University of Minnesota our dues cover all travel expenses (transportation and housing) and all race fees. We also have some sponsors that can get us good deals on bike stuff and bikes. Don't expect anyone to supply you with anything. We are all broke college kids but we budget for cycling.
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My school has a club team as well. They're sponsored by a local shop as well as by some other brands so I'm sure there are some good discounts. Ask the school teams coach to find out how much the prices will be offset: the shop for my school is a 20% discount. I'm joining the team in the fall, but am not really sure if I will end up racing due to the time committment to be competitive. Like someone else said, though, it's about meeting people and having fun riding your bike while training.
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Also, college cycling is intense. I made the decision that I couldn't commit the time for it. There was no way I would be riding 80-milers saturday and sunday, and riding a bunch during the week while keeping up with school.
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Here are the D1 Collegiate Cycling Rankings for 2009-2010(PDF).

Fort Lewis College
Lees-McRae College
Lindsey Wilson college
Marian University
Colorado State University
University of Colorado - Boulder

University of California - Davis
Pennyslvania State University
Midwestern State University
California Tech - San Luis Obispo

Bold ones are all in Colorado(As in, Colorado is awesome).


Try to get a hold of a user on here, ZeCannon, he knows a LOT about collegiate racing.
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Also, college cycling is intense. I made the decision that I couldn't commit the time for it. There was no way I would be riding 80-milers saturday and sunday, and riding a bunch during the week while keeping up with school.
Those kinds of miles are inappropriate for non "A" racers. Remember you can race catergories D-B as well.
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Originally Posted by TMonk
Those kinds of miles are inappropriate for non "A" racers. Remember you can race catergories D-B as well.
A good point
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Originally Posted by TMonk
Those kinds of miles are inappropriate for non "A" racers. Remember you can race catergories D-B as well.
ummm. we go on 80 mile training rides all the time. it's called base-building. 80 mile long base rides aren't required, but if you want to do well, you'd like a huge base. although you are right that you commit however much time you want to it

OP, having a cycling team make or break your decision is, to put it mildly, imprudent. cycling teams change their compositions b/c there's no recruiting as it's not a NCAA sport.

and to whoever said there are 3-4 crashes every race. first, you are grossly exaggerating. D races are 30 minutes long and normally there are 1-2, even in technical crits. second, the equivalent of the D's are the cat 5 racers, the racers don't race any better in those...
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