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Old 05-18-06, 06:16 AM
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Colleges with Established Cycling Teams?

Howdy doody...

I'm getting my ducks in a row to start college in the fall of 07, and will be starting the application process this fall (SEP-NOV). One of my points of decision will be if the school or at least the surrounding city has an established cycling team. I'll be a CAT-3 by the start of the school year.

I did fine academically in high school, retook the SATs and recieved a good score, have excelled for the last 4 years in the Army, and am doing well in what limited course work I've been able to do while in the service - so academically, I should be able to get into most places...I wanna race bikes too though

Suggestions?
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this should help

https://www.usacycling.org/ncca/
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Old 05-18-06, 08:47 AM
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If you are looking in to west coast then it would be Berkleleys CalCycling. They won 5 WCCC championships in a row, and 3 Nationals. Riding up there is great. Ten minutes and you are in the hills.
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Colorado State just won our conference (which includes CU, 2005 nats champs and FLC multiple time nat champs - Tom D. went there).

Then we got 7th at Nationals. This past fall we got 3rd at mountain bike nationals.
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I'd like to say Montana State University, but the winters are a pain in the ass. You'd be better off with the two mentioned above, unless you like to ski in the offseason. We have 5 resorts within an hours drive of campus.

What are you looking at majoring in?
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Originally Posted by Cypress
What are you looking at majoring in?
Biology, I'm not totally sure if I want to focus more on environmental bio or health sciences.
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Originally Posted by Snuffleupagus
Biology, I'm not totally sure if I want to focus more on environmental bio or health sciences.

MSU caters to your plans. We are one of the best science schools evAr.
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Originally Posted by jbhowat
Colorado State just won our conference (which includes CU, 2005 nats champs and FLC multiple time nat champs - Tom D. went there).

Then we got 7th at Nationals. This past fall we got 3rd at mountain bike nationals.
If Tom D. is referring to Tom Danielson then he went to Fort Lewis College not Colorado State.
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Originally Posted by UmneyDurak
If you are looking in to west coast then it would be Berkleleys CalCycling. They won 5 WCCC championships in a row, and 3 Nationals. Riding up there is great. Ten minutes and you are in the hills.

GO BEARS!!!
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If you want to spend some $$ go to Lees-McRae college in North Carolina.

I was offered a scholarship there and would have still been paying almost $12,000 a semester in tuition.
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Originally Posted by PolishPostal
If Tom D. is referring to Tom Danielson then he went to Fort Lewis College not Colorado State.

I thought that was pretty freakin' clear when by what wrote.
FLC = Fort Lewis College

Chris Baldwin went to CSU, however.
Tyler Hamilton went to CU


The point is, the best collegiate cycling in the country is in the Rocky Mountain Conference.
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Old 05-18-06, 01:59 PM
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For the east coast, Appalachian State University has a decent team. Only a few hours from Bragg, too. But just far enough from Fayettenam.
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It seems most of the strong teams come from colorado, california or north carolina. I am going to colorado college next year, a great place with a tiny cycling team that races against all the giants like CU, CSU, FLC etc. I'm so pumped to be completly outclassed.
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Another thing to consider is proximity to a Velodrome. More opportunities to diversify racing and training.
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Come up to Boston, and apply for MIT.
Great school (especially for biology) and great cycling team.
This is my goal for the next 2 years.
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Originally Posted by TheDTrain
Come up to Boston, and apply for MIT.
Great school (especially for biology) and great cycling team.
This is my goal for the next 2 years.

To be fair though, D2 no where near as competitive as the D1 teams. There are several D2 teams who moved up to D1 for that reason (Fort Lewis being one of them).
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Dtrain - MIT is good, decent mens team, very good womens team, and decently supported (they've got a coach and they get a great deal of publicity for their wind tunnel) but there are better programs.

To be honest, prolly the best way to get a handle on the best cycling schools are to look at the team ominum winners for the past few nationals. You'll see a few trends.
In the northeast UVM and Dartmouth have the two big ass programs, with UNH and Penn State growing every season (I'd expect them to be on the same page soon). MIT, Harvard, BU, Tufts and Princeton have decent teams- Harvard has a ****eload of support (to be expected).
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UC Davis, where Max Testa works. University of Nevada Reno.
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Indiana University, plus you got the Little 500 (watch Breaking Away) and Major Taylor Velodrome is near by.
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Originally Posted by ~shadowfax~
...plus you got the Little 500 (watch Breaking Away)...
Watch?

Did you mean own? I thought it was a required purchase for all bike weenies

Thanks for the input thus far everyone...some good options to consider.
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Colorado has a batch of college teams, Including the Colorado School of Mines. I mentioned Mines because; 1. I went there, and 2. They like vets. You just have to like being in a crowd of practical engineering types that have a very close relationship with the Coors Brewery . The level of cycling in Colorado can be quite intense. Check with the Olympic Training Center by the Velodrome in Colorado Springs for more info. I have not been in the area for years.
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Originally Posted by Vinokurtov
UC Davis, where Max Testa works. University of Nevada Reno.
UC Davis has an excellent cycling team - many of my teammates ride for them during the collegiate season. They are kick-ass riders and very nice people. However, Max Testa is moving as of the end of June! *snif*
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hope I'm not hijacking the thread, but I have some questions about college racing in CO and it seems some of y'all might know.

In local races, do the D1 and the D2 schools race agaisnt each other?

What cat. of public racing would you compare the B races to? how bout the A races?

What type of race is most prevelent?
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