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: 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:


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!

Back 2 School Special

The mountain bike team is in action this weekend at the Back 2 School Special in Angel Fire, NM! Riders will be competing in XC and Downhill races. We’ll have an update on results on Monday!

Also, stay tuned for a final roster announcement! We have a great squad shaping up for 2014-15 and the Wildcats are poised to dominate mountain, cyclocross, and road this year!

Welcome back Wildcats!

If you are a student at the UA and love bikes then you have come to the right place! UA Cycling is all about bikes: road, mountain, cyclocross, touring, track- if it rolls and requires pedaling, we like it! We have interests ranging from aspirational pro cyclists to the casual rider who wants to explore the Sonoran desert- what ever your speed, we embrace it!

You can find out more about the club by exploring this website and joining the Facebook page and e-mail list. You can also find us out on the mall Mon-Thursday the first week of class from 10 am – 2pm. Our first meeting is Thursday, August 28th at 6pm in the Ventana Conference Room of the Student Union. Come learn about one of the best cycling teams in the state and country! We’re excited to meet you, ride with you, and learn from you!

Fall 2014 Road Ride Schedule

Here are this fall’s road rides. Rides will begin the first day of classes on the 25th:

Monday Mosey: Primary- Liz Schmitt. Skill portion: Drew Dinsmore and Max Rich

Tuesday Morning Fast Ride: Joey
Tuesday women’s ride: Leslie Sullivan

Wednesday Worlds: hills or Slay the A: Primary- Allison. Assisting: Ryan Brown and David Greif

Thursday Thrill:
Quinn and Max

Friday Freewheelin:

Saturday (Shoot Out):
Joey, or just a posting

Sunday Funday:
Brett and Greif

All rides start at 6:30 am from the flagpole by Old Main, except for the Tuesday Morning Fast Ride at the Shootout (6am at the Starbucks on University). Rides will move back with the sunrise.

New Sponsor: Bookmans Sports Exchange

UA Cycling is proud to announce a new sponsorship with Bookmans Sports Exchange!


Bookmans buys and sells new and used sporting equipment, including bikes! They make it quick and easy to try out different sports or to stay involved with the one you love. We’re proud to work Bookmans for the 2015-16 year!

New Team Member- Taylor Skinner

TUCSON, AZ- Taylor Skinner of Anthem, Arizona will be joining the University of Arizona’s cycling team this fall. Taylor joins a growing list of new riders who have joined prior to the start of the 2014-15 school year! Taylor is an experienced cyclist who has had numerous wins in the Arizona circuit while riding for Tribe- including the AZ junior individual time trial championship in 2013. He plans on majoring in neuroscience and will focus on road racing.

The team is incredibly excited about the growing list of riders who have reached out to us over the summer! The 2014-15 school year is shaping up to be one of the best! Look for more roster announcements as the summer rolls on- including highlights from our returning members!

Bear down!

New Recruit- Kaylee Rakowski

TUCSON, AZ- Kaylee Rakowksi of Sahuarita, Arizona will be joining the University of Arizona’s cycling team starting in Fall 2014. Rakowski joins the Wildcats from Pima Community College where she played volleyball for the Aztecs. She plans on majoring in nutritional sciences and will focus on racing road for the Wildcats.

“Kaylee expressed interest in joining us last fall and it is great to have her join our team this year,” said president Joey Iuliano. “With her volleyball experience she brings a lot of athletic talent and mental toughness which will transfer over well to cycling. She’ll be able to learn a lot and grow quickly as a rider on the team.” Rakowski is excited to compete in events this coming fall and spring.