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UA Cycling Podiums at Mountain Bike Nationals!

For the first time in almost a decade, the Cats have returned to the podium at mountain bike nationals!

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The team was lead by conference champion Kyle Trudeau and consisted of David Carlson, Ian Wilkey, and Bryan Little. Friday saw the team take on the Short Track. Kyle made the lead group of 5 and survived several attacks to make the lead group of 4.

Kyle_stxcIn the end, Kyle finished 4th with David Carlson in 34th, Ian Wilkey 48th, Bryan Little 49th out of 80 starters.

On Saturday the team tackled the cross country race. The pace was high from the start and the lead group formed in the first few miles and consisted of 4 riders, dc_xcincluding defending champion Sepp Kuss. Trudeau was again present in the lead group, which fell apartkyle_xc on the second lap. Trudeau put in a move to chase down the leader, Kuss, but came up just short on the line. Kyle’s 2nd place marks the best finish at mountain bike nationals since Chloe Woodruff’s win in 2008! Bryan Little was 34th
Ian Wilkey, 67th, and David Calrson was 71st.

The team is now gearing up for cyclocross season and looks to defend it’s conference title for the second year in a row!

 

 

Cats WIN! 2015 SWCCC Mountain Bike Champions!

On Saturday, the men’s A team had a commanding XC race- taking 1,2, 4 and 5th (Kyle Trudeau, David Carlson, Ian Wilkey, and Bryan Little). David Greif easily won the men’s B race. Amy Burkel, in her first mountain bike race, took 3rd in the women’s B. Saturday’s success put the team within striking distance for the title- just like in 2014.

On Sunday, the men’s A team went 1-4 in the STXC (same order as Saturday), David repeated his victory, and Erica Clevenger came in 2nd in the women’s A. The team jumped to a 14 point lead over NAU going into the team relay. The relay was a must win for UA- the difference between first and second place? 14 points.

And win they did! The team relay (Trudeau, DC, Clevenger, and Wilkey) dominated from start to finish. It came down to the final race, but your University of Arizona Wildcats pulled off the upset and unseated NAU as the 2015 SWCCC Division 1 team omnium champions!
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We we’re thrilled to share the win with our long time sponsors, Dr. Keith Carlson of Claris Eye Care! Thanks for helping us reach our goals Dr. Carlson!

This week, the team- Kyle, DC, Ian, and Bryan- head out to Snowshoe, WV for nationals. Let’s bring home a jersey! BEARDOWN!

Beginning of the Year Info!

Screen Shot 2014-01-20 at 1.27.16 PMFirst, WELCOME NEW WILDCATS! We’re super excited to meet you and go on epic rides this fall!

I want to make it clear that everyone is welcome on the UA Cycling Team from P-R-O riders to casual and everything in between. Road, mountain, cross, BMX, track- if it has two wheels and rolls, you’re in! We aim to provide a welcoming environment where everyone can learn, grow, and push their limits. And if you have a need for speed, we have a pretty solid racing squad as well.

So! How do you get started?!
Join the team Facebook page (restricted to Arizona e-mails) and the e-mail list (directions on the About page). All information is posted on these two sources.

Rides:
All club rides start on 8/24. Most meet at 6:30am at the flag pole by Old Main (west side of the building) and are no drop unless otherwise stated. A helmet, water, and functioning bike are required. We’re trying something new this year and making our fall rides geared to help riders get prepared for the 100 mile El Tour de Tucson (more on that later).

Monday Mosey- a nice easy 15 mile or so ride. Most likely will have a skill component to it. Ride leader: Joey
Tuesday Worlds- a fast romp through the Tucson Mountains. 35 miles in about 1.5 hours, this is a drop ride. Leader: Joey
Tuesday weights- meet at the Rec Center at 5pm (subject to change). Leaders: David Greif and Bilal Lulu
Wednesday Whirl- a longer, endurance (15-18 mph) ride. Typically around 2 hours. Leader: Jenny Quijada
Thursday: Cafe Ride! A casual ride to the Mercado de San Augustin to get coffee and pastries. Casual clothes and campus bikes totally fine.
Friday Freewheeling- Similar to Wednesday in length and pace. Leader: Sam Gross
Saturday: Race, Shoot Out (a super quick 60 mile ride) or David will be longer (3 or so hour) endurance ride.
Sunday: As posted

Mountain bike specific rides:
Ando has been leading some awesome skill rides as well as rides on Lemmon. Mountain bike rides can be a bit tricky since campus is a bit of a ride from the nearest trail. If you have a car and are willing to drive, please let us know!

Cyclocross specific rides:
This will come later, around October and will be lead by several of us.
Of course, if you can’t make the scheduled rides, you can always post one on FB and on the e-mail list if you’d like company.
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Our first team meeting is on Thursday, 8/27, at 5pm in the Copper Room of the Student Union. If you can’t make that, we’ll be at Meet Me at the Rec on Monday, 8/24 from 6-8pm.

As always, let me know if you have any questions. I’m looking forward to some epic rides and good times this fall! I’ll see you all on two wheels soon!

Welcome Incoming Freshmen!

With the first day of summer orientation here, we wanted to welcome prospective new members! Please, check out the website to get a feel for the team and message us if you have any questions. Once you have your official Arizona e-mail, join us on Facebook. Group rides will officially start August 24th at 6:30am!

If you’d like to go for a ride while you visit Tucson, let us know! We’d be more than happy to take you on a spin around town!

New Sponsors

We have several new sponsors for 2015-16!
 Vantage West CU! We’ve banked at VWCU for years and are excited to build a stronger relationship with the company! UA Cycling aims to work with local companies like VWCU, which is a local credit union that places customers first. They’re the largest credit union in Southern Arizona and their HQ is in Tucson. We love the advantage of working with a local credit union, and you will too!
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We’ve also picked up the VeloVie family of bike companies, including State Bicycle and Essor!
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First meeting and Info Session!

First meeting/info session is on Thursday at 6pm in the Ventana room of the student union (4th floor)! We’ll go over:
-How/why to join
-Spring activities
-Race reimbursement
-Our upcoming spring race weekend
-Clothing (I’ll have some items with me)

And yes, we’ll be done before the game starts.

Dues are $40, if you paid in the Fall you are set. Race Reimbursement for the spring is $60. See my post below for items and prices on clothing.

Get pumped! Tell your friends!

Collegiate Club of the Year!

Wow! What a year for UA Cycling!

The UA Cycling Team had a fantastic fall semester! The team started the 2014-15 school year off with a strong recruitment drive in August- growing the club to 76 members, an increase of 25 members from the last year! 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 David Carlson. Our team also made a reappearance at mountain bike nationals after skipping last year. Kyle Trudeau and David Carlson represented the team and both earned a top 20 finish on different days. Cyclocross was the next target and the team met the challenge head on! Overall, the team won the conference title and Allison Alterman won the women’s A omnium. We’ll be sending seven riders to cyclocross nationals in January- up five riders from last year.

The team was also active on the non-racing side of cycling. We were involved in several community projects including working on the Tucson Velodrome project proposal and speaking on its behalf at the Pima County Bond Advisory Committee meeting, supporting the Tucson Bicycle Ranch development, attending tutoring sessions at El Grupo Youth Cycling, and supporting local rides such as El Tour de Tucson.  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.

Thanks to our efforts on and off the bike, the team has received some very prestigious recognition from USA Cycling in being named the 2014 Collegiate Club of the year. We are honored to have been selected against a pool of strong applications from across the nation! Our efforts have also paid off in being recognized as an emerging varsity program. We will join CU-Boulder and University of Florida as one of three Division 1 schools with a program working to achieve varsity status.

Building towards varsity status requires us to meet several requirements such as working with a coach, attending multiple nationals, covering entry fees and travel to races, and eventually offering scholarships. As you can see, it requires a substantial amount of capital to obtain varsity status and we receive very little funding from the school each year. 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 rebuilding our bike trailer. 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

Rebuilding our stolen bike trailer                                                                            $600

Support the women’s development team, 4 riders:  15 races     $15 per race     $900

Send the team to road nationals in Asheville, NC                                               $2,000

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. We are excited for the future and with your support we’ll be ready to build a nationally recognized program!

Happy Holidays and Bear Down!

Joey Iuliano
University of Arizona Cycling President

Home Race: Big Success

The Wildcats hosted a successful mountain bike race weekend in Oracle State Park on Sept 20 and 21. Riders took home victories in the Men’s A, Men’s B, and Women’s B cross country events. On Sunday, the team went 1,2,3 in the Women’s B, 1st in the Men’s B, and 1st and 2nd in the Men’s A short track races. After a quick break the racing resumed and the team won the team relay by nearly a minute over NAU.

This week the team is off the Gallup, NM in hopes of closing the gap to NAU in the conference omnium!

Home Race!

Get pumped! Our home race on 9/20-21 is coming up soon! More info here:

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We’re excited to bring another event to the town of Oracle and to work with the state park system! Hopefully this is the start of a strong relationship between state parks and mountain bike events.

Last weekend, riders competed in Angel Fire, NM at the Back 2 School Special. Kyle Trudeau took home the win in the Men’s A XC event and Alex Alvarez won the Men’s C. David Carlson, last years omnium winner, raced did his first down hill race and finished third, a handful of seconds behind teammate and winner Andrew Keller.

Up next is the Horny Toad Hustle!