Tips for Incoming Freshmen

First, we’re super excited to meet all the new members joining in the fall! Mountain, CX, BMX, Track, or Road- you’ll find a home on the Arizona Cycling Team!

We wanted to share some common questions that we see:
1.) Where do I keep my bike on campus?
A: Unfortunately, the university doesn’t allow bikes to be stored in the dorms. It’s a real hassle and something we’ve been working on for a while. However, the best bet is to reserve a bike locker through Parking and Transportation or one through the Rec Center:
https://parking.arizona.edu/bicycle/lockers-enclosures/

You should be able to find one close to your dorm. These are fiberglass cases anchored to concrete pads with a unique lock. There is enough space in one to store a bike, a pump, and some tools. To date, PTS has never had a bike stolen from a locker.
2.) How do I join?
A: We’ll have our first meeting on Thursday, 8/27, at 6 PM. The location is TBD. We’ll review how the team operates, how collegiate racing works, and so on. You can pay dues ($40 for general membership + an additional $60 if you want to race) via Venmo, PayPal, cash, or check.
3.) What are race fees?
A: We have two types of memberships: general and racing. General membership ($40) gets you access to all our sweet sponsors, kit orders, a team bottle, etc.
If you want to race with us, you’ll pay an additional $60 for each semester you want to race. In turn, we’ll cover all the entry fees, lodging, and gas associated with the collegiate races in that semester (fall = MTB and CX; spring = road). Each semester has eight race weekends. On average, you’d spend $60 on one weekend of racing if you paid it out of pocket- the fees pay for themselves very quickly.
4.) Do you have any kits in stock?
A: Maybe. We don’t keep a large inventory on hand, but you can e-mail us and ask. We do a new order in September.
5.) How do the categories work?
A: Collegiate cycling is slightly different than the USA Cycling categories. Roughly:
A = Pro, 1, 2, or 3 for the road and CX; Pro/1 for mountain
B = 3 or 4 for road and CX; 2 for mountain
C = 4 or 5 for road and CX; 3 for mountain. You can move up the categories based on the points you earn at finishes. You can also use your USAC category to earn upgrades as well:
https://www.usacycling.org/about-us/governance/policy-viii
6.) Do I need a USA Cycling license?
A: If you plan on racing, yes! You’ll purchase the collegiate racing license, and that will also give you a free domestic license (needed to race non-collegiate events):
7.) What if I’ve never raced?
A: That’s ok! You don’t have to race to be a member of our team, although we do encourage everyone to try it once.
You can read more about the team on the “About the Team” page and contact us (uacyclingclub(at)gmail.com) if you have other questions or let us know you’re heading to UA!

Season Suspended

While the team was on track to have another stellar season, COVID-19 came in like a wrecking ball. Last week, UA shifted all classes online and UA Rec Sports canceled all club sports activities (racing, travel, training, etc) until the end of the semester. USA Cycling has pulled event permits through early May. We’re doing our part to flatten the curve by staying home and riding solo when we do go out.

What about nationals?
Well, there are more pressing things to deal with right now than bike races. However, we hope things calm down in May and USA Cycling can get the event rescheduled later in the summer. For now, we’re focused on adapting to our new online classes, eating well, and riding solo (or with roommates we’re stuck with!)

I’m an incoming freshman…
Don’t worry! We’ll be here for you in the fall and ready to rip! You can find direction to join the e-mail list and social media pages on the About the Team page.

Stay healthy!

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Upcoming events!

We’re super excited to be hosting several races in the Tucson area in the spring of 2020!

1/25: Race Against Time. We’ve moved the TT to a new course in San Manuel- the only hilly 30 KM time trial in the state! Race info and sign up are on SWSportsReg

2/1: La Vuelta a Santa Catalina Road Race. Same great course as last year in Oracle and San Manuel! Race distances vary between 27, 54, and 80 miles. Find out more here.

2/1: UA Grand Prix. We’re back on the UA main mall again for the 4th year! A short, but technically challenging course that will test your handling abilities. Find out more here.

Finally, if you are a UA student interested in racing with us, come to our info session on 1/16 @ 6pm in CAPLA 302A

End of Semester and CX Nats

Another semester comes to a close and we’ve had a great fall! We recruited our largest freshman class (8!) and sent our first full MTB squad to nationals in several years. At CX Nats, we brought back a second place in the women’s CX race (Cara), 19th and 33 in the men’s race (John; Tim), 3rd in the team relay, and 3rd overall!

We’re looking forward to spring 2020! We’ll see you soon at our home race weekend!

Cara on her way to 2nd place. Credit: USAC

Mid-Semester Update

Our six-person mountain bike squad just returned from the most successful collegiate mountain bike nationals in nearly a decade! Racing took place in cool, sunny, and dry conditions in Big Bear, CA.

On the women’s side:
Shelby Hoglund placed 14th in the XC and 15th in the short track (STXC)
Lily Pepe placed 29th in the XC and 23rd in the STXC

On the men’s side:
Spencer Ciammitti finished a career-best 4th in the STXC and 9th in the XC
Grayson Hughes was 17th in the XC and 29th in STXC
Ethan Krafft was 30th in the XC and 36 in the STXC
Collin DiMattio was 43rd in the XC and 32 in the STXC

Grayson, Lily, Shelby, and Spencer took on the team relay on Sunday- a first for us at this nationals- and finished 7th. Overall, the team was 9th in the omnium across all events. With no one graduating from this group, we’re stoked to continue building our mountain bike program for 2020! We’re especially looking to build out the gravity side of the team.

In sponsorship news, we’re proud to announce our new title sponsor:

Garmin has proved the team with some of their outstanding products to help us train smarter, harder, and more efficiently. Look for our riders to be rocking some new tech soon! Fun fact: Garmin has an office here in Tucson!

Welcome back Wildcats!

Welcome back Wildcats! We’re stoked to kick off another year of riding and racing across the Southwest. If you’re a new student looking for adventure- you’ve come to the right place! Whether it be BMX, Road, MTB, CX, or Track, we have you covered. You’ll make friends that will last a lifetime and push yourself further than you ever thought possible.

Here’s how to get involved:
-Stop by Bash at the Rec on Sunday, 8/25, from 7-9 pm. We’ll have a table there, and you can learn more about the team and chat with us.
-Our first group ride is Monday, 8/26, at 6:30 am from the flagpole on the west side of Old Main
-Our first team meeting is Thursday, 8/29, at 6 pm in CAPLA (College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture) Room 302A.

We also recommend joining our e-mail and FB page- directions to do so are under the “About the Team” page.

National Champion!

Cara winning the 2019 Collegiate Road Race Championship.
Credit: Dylan Stucki

Women’s TTT: 5th
Women’s RR: 1st
Women’s crit: 2nd
Women’s individual omnium: 1st (by ONE point!)
Men’s TTT: 4th
Team omnium: 4th

What more needs to be said?

BEAR DOWN!

Nationals bound!

We knocked the fundraiser out of the park with $5,232 raised! We also closed out the regular season with numerous wins at crit regionals and wrapped up the team omnium. 10 of us (new member Alyssa Grace is joining us for the ITT and TTT) head off next weekend to Augusta, GA to bring home some titles! A big thanks to several anonymous donors (you know who you are!) as well as:

Leo Carrillo
Natalie O’Farrell
Daniel Quigley
Gary Sax
Dan Orlowski
Craig Harding
John HEALY
Deseray Ford
Alex Neuwirt
Andrew Milligan
Toetie Oberman
Cindy Beard
Alan Fischer
Sean Kneale
Dave Burnett
Thomas  Brocco
Charles Franz
Melanie Colavito
Steve Herzog
Chelsea Hoglund
Eric  Pearce
Brian Wilver
Matt Stoner
Michael McKisson
Sharon Ogan
Gregory Welch
Sherman Scurry, MD  (Orange Grove Pediatrics)
Chloe Woodruff
Mike Parrish
Bill Heob
David Castro
John C Harrison
David Bixby
Steve Wetmore
David DiMattio

You’re support made this trip possible, and for that we are incredibly grateful. We’ll keep you posted!

Gearing up for #collnats 2019!

It may be March, but collegiate road nationals in Augusta, GA is right around the corner on May 10-12! And we are STOKED! Last year saw us win the women’s team trial (Cara, Chloe, Shelby, and Kat) and Cara landed on the road race podium in 5th. We’re aiming to defend our TTT and add a few more jerseys to our collection. To do so, we’ll be bringing a killer squad:

Men’s captain: Joey Iuliano
Year: 4 yr PhD
Major: Geography and Urban Planning
Events: TTT, Road race
Adam Bryfogle
Year: Sophomore
Major: Computer Science
Events: Road race, Crit, alt. for TTT
John Noonan
Year: 2 yr PhD
Major: Planetary Sciences
Events: TTT, Road race, Crit
Wouter Zwart*
Year: 3 yr Law
Major: Law
Events: TTT, Road race, Crit
Marcello Cesario
Year: Junior
Major: CLAS
Events: TTT, Road race, Crit
Collin DiMattio*
Year: Freshman
Major: Physiology
Events: ITT, Road race, crit alternate
Women’s captain: Cara O’Neill
Year: Sophomore
Major: Biochemistry
Events: TTT, Road Race, Crit
Shelby Hoglund
Year: 1 yr PhD
Major: Soil, Water, and Environmental Science
Events: TTT, Road Race, Crit (?)
Chloe Welch
Year: Sophomore
Major: Natural Resources
Events: TTT, Road Race, Crit

*denotes rider’s first collegiate road nationals.

All photos (minus Joey, John, Collin, and Adam) from Damion Alexander

La Vuelta- 2/2 and 2/3

Our home race is next weekend, featuring a challenging road race in Oracle, AZ and a criterium in the heart of the UA’s campus. We have cash prizes provided by Oracle Ford, Oracle Land and Home, prizes from Skratch, Fair Wheel Bikes (plus cash primes!), Sabino Cycles ($$$ gift cards!), Ritchey, Radical Threads, Jimmy Johns, Oracle, Patio Cafe, Beyond Bread, UA College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture, and R-Bar!

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