A Year in Review
Once again, the UA Cycling Team had a fantastic fall semester! The team started the 2015-16 school year off with a bang! When the mountain bike season started we were able to send riders to each race and in doing so won the men’s A omnium with Kyle Trudeau and the women’s A omnium with Eric Clevenger. The best part- we won the team omnium for the first time in over 5 years! At nationals, Kyle Trudeau, David Carlson, Ian Wilkey, and Bryan Little represented the team with Kyle earning a 2nd place in the cross county and 4th in the short track. It was our first podium at mountain bike nations since Chloe Woodruff won in the mid-2000s. Cyclocross was the next target and the team did not disappoint. Overall, the team won the conference title for the third straight year and David Greif won the men’s A omnium. We’ll be sending three riders to cyclocross nationals in January with good odds at another podium from David or Kyle.
We were also involved in several community projects including continuing work on the Tucson Velodrome project, attending tutoring sessions at El Grupo Youth Cycling, and supporting local rides such as El Tour de Tucson. In the former, Erica Clevenger won the women’s 104 mile event! The team believes in giving back to the community more than we receive and work hard to find projects in which we can help out.
USA Cycling selected us as collegiate club of the year for 2015- the second year in a row we’ve been selected for that honor! It is very rare for the same team to be selected two years in a row and we are thrilled! Furthermore, we are still working towards becoming the first varsity program at a division one school. To that end, we have started working with Josh Berry and Travis McCabe, two local professional cyclists, as our coaches. We’re excited to work with Josh and Travis and their wealth of experience will help our members reach new heights.
It requires a substantial amount of capital to obtain varsity status and we receive very little funding, less than $3,000 a year, from the school. This time of year, when you are considering organizations to support, we ask you to consider supporting UA Cycling. Every dollar makes a difference in our program and no donation is too small. There are many costs we face for the upcoming road season such as entry fees, travel, lodging, and coaching fees. Below are just some of the ways a donation could help:
Support a rider for a weekend: 2 races $15 per race $30
Support a rider for the spring: 15 races $15 per race $225
Support travel for a weekend: $300
Support the women’s development team, 4 riders: 15 races $15 per race, 4 riders $900
Send the team to road nationals in Asheville, NC $2,500
As you can see no gift is too small. Donations can made quickly and easily online at: http://uacycling.com/donate/ As a 501c3 organization, all donations are tax deductible. Your support over the previous years has helped our team reach new heights and with your renewed support we will continue as one of the best teams in the country.
Happy Holidays and Bear Down!
University of Arizona Cycling President