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, 8/25 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!
8.) How do I get team updates?
A: Go to: https://list.arizona.edu/sympa/
Log in with your UA net id (or create an account if you don’t want to use your school e-mail).
In the left search for uacycling
Follow the steps to join from there
On this website, you’ll also be able to browse the archive to see anything you’ve missed.

We’ll discuss how to join the team Discord once the semester starts.

Spring 2022 Wrap up

Not much to say beyond:

2022 ROAD NATIONAL CHAMPIONS! Our women took home the win in the TTT, and Cara won the road race (second in the crit). The guys finished 4th in the TTT, 11th in the road race, and mid-pack in the crit. Overall, the team won the road omnium title over UVM AND locked up the season-long omnium (across all 5 nationals). Boom! Number 1 team in the nation!

Spring 2022 Kick-Off!

Welcome to Spring 2022! Our first meeting will be on 1/22. Join the e-mail list to get updates on the time and location. Dues are $40 (for the academic year, so if you paid in the fall you are set) and race fees are $60.

Most importantly, we have THREE exciting races coming up in January and Febuary! Find out about the Race Against Time (1/22) and La Vuelta a Santa Catalina (2/13-14) on their respective pages. We hope to see you at the events soon!

2021 Wrap up

The return to racing went well for the Wildcats! A few highlights:

1.) Team membership is up to 50!
2.) We hosted four successful events (the Race Against Time, La Clasica San Manuel, and 2 days of Compost CX)
3.) We sent 3 riders to MTB nationals and 3 the CX nationals: Mary finished 4th at CX nats and the team finished 2nd in the relay!
4.) We’re gearing up for the return of our crit and road race weekend in San Manuel. Check the race pages for more info!

Of course, we couldn’t have done this without the support of all of our sponsors and the hardwork of the team! We’ll see you all in the spring semester!