Collegiate cycling is bicycle racing organized for competition against teams from other colleges. UCSD represents one of the schools in the Western Collegiate Cycling Conference, which includes San Diego State University, Claremont College, UCD, UCB, UCLA, UCSC, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly Pomona, Stanford, and University of Nevada, Reno. The Western Collegiate Cycling Conference competes against other conferences in the US at national events.
Collegiate bike racing blends team goals and personal goals. It differs from UCSF racing because personal points are summed up for teams to give them local and national rankings. Individuals are ranked as well, but the best rewards come from high team rankings.
Our team races in mountain, road, and track events. The mountain season starts at the beginning of the school year and ends mid November, the road season begins in February and ends in May, and the track season begins in May and ends in October. UCSD hosts its own race in each of the seasons.
Our rides vary greatly; you may find yourself on a relaxing spin up Highway 101, a rigorous climbing session in the hills east of San Diego, a cross-country ride through the Mission Trails or the Laguna Mountains, or a gravity-propelled ride down some rocky hills in Poway.
UCSD has a rich history of talented cyclists, including alumni Jeff Winkler, who won the nationals road race in 1990, and was later offered a position on a professional team; Adam Livingston, who placed 4th in the nationals road race in 1994, and currently races professionally for team Nutrafig; Jenny Eyerman, who won the nationals criterium in 1999, and placed second in nationals omium in 1997; and Sharon Wiback, who won two stars-and-stripes jerseys at track nationals in 2002, won the 500m time trial, and the women’s omnium championship.
The following is an account from racer Katherine Nadler on the Cycling team’s experience at Nationals: Collegiate Road Nationals, aka #CollNats, is the pinnacle of collegiate road racing and for many of us, the toughest race with the largest field sizes of any to date. Building off of the spectacular performances of the UCSD women’s team Read More >
As we approached the final conference road race weekend, the Sea Otter classic, I could sense that our team was getting worn out from all the travel during the year. With most of the road races in the Bay Area or beyond, the typical race weekend required about 15 hours of driving to compete. While Read More >
Criterium The UNR Criterium proved to be difficult from the start. The course was a winding 0.7 miles with two full 180 degree turns and plenty of tight corners. I arrived at the course well before my start time to watch the other races and support my team mates. Within seconds of arriving at the Read More >
TTT and Circuit Race: Since we only have one Men’s A rider this weekend, Justin, Willie, and I planned to participate in the Men’s A TTT as a warm up group ride. But the rain started and wind increased literally 5 minutes before the TTT started. It was brutally cold. The circuit race was 2.7 Read More >
Road Race: It was a beautiful day for a race on the campus of UC Santa Cruz; the sun was out and it was the perfect temperature. The earliest races, men’s Cs and Ds, had some good finishes. Willie was top ten in men’s C and Aaron was 2nd in Ds. Unfortunately, Matthew had crashed Read More >
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