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Collegiate cycling is an exciting and integrative division of USA Cycling that offers a unique combination of camaraderie, fun, and competitive atmosphere, all centered around team building and racing. It’s open to all full-time students who are officially recognized as members of their campus cycling team.

USA Cycling Collegiate programs provide racing opportunities across various disciplines, including track, mountain biking, cyclocross, BMX, and road racing. Competitions are organized within 11 nationwide conferences and culminate in annual national championships for each discipline.

To learn more about USA Cycling, visit the USA Cycling homepage (or Instagram) and the USA Cycling Collegiate Cycling page.

To learn more about a collegiate cycling conferences within USA Cycling, follow the links here:

Each conference coordinates competitions and activities for the collegiate teams within its geographical area. These conferences cater to a range of cycling disciplines, including road, mountain biking, cyclocross, BMX, and track.

Here’s a brief overview of the conferences and the regions they cover:

  • Atlantic Collegiate Cycling Conference (ACCC): Covers schools in Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
  • Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (ECCC): Encompasses the Northeastern United States, including Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and parts of New Jersey.
  • Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference (MWCCC): Serves the Midwest region, including schools in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and parts of Illinois and Wisconsin.
  • North Central Collegiate Cycling Conference (NCCCC): Covers a portion of the Midwest, including schools in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and parts of Wisconsin.
  • Northwest Collegiate Cycling Conference (NWCCC): Includes schools in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and parts of Wyoming.
  • Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference (RMCCC): Serves the Rocky Mountain region, with schools in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and parts of Wyoming.
  • South Central Collegiate Cycling Conference (SCCCC): Covers the South Central U.S., including schools in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.
  • Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (SECCC): Encompasses the Southeastern United States, including schools in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, and parts of North Carolina.
  • Southwest Collegiate Cycling Conference (SWCCC): Includes schools in Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada.
  • Western Collegiate Cycling Conference (WCCC): Covers schools in California and parts of Nevada.
  • Intermountain Collegiate Cycling Conference (ICCC): Covers schools in Idaho, Montana, Utah, and parts of Wyoming.

For high school athletes interested in cycling in college, here are some key points to consider:

Research and Reach Out: Start by researching colleges with cycling teams that fit your academic and athletic interests. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the team coaches for information about the team culture, practice schedules, and competition levels.

Cycling Discipline: Consider which cycling discipline you are interested in (road, mountain, cyclocross, BMX, or track) and look for schools that support those disciplines.

Scholarship Opportunities: Some varsity programs offer cycling scholarships. If this is important to you, inquire about scholarship opportunities with the colleges’ athletic departments.

Balancing Academics and Athletics: Understand the commitment required for collegiate cycling and consider how it will fit with your academic responsibilities.

NICA & Other Youth Program Experience: Participation in high school cycling programs, like those offered by the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), can be a great foundation for collegiate cycling.

Licensing and Membership: Familiarize yourself with the process of obtaining a collegiate cycling license through USA Cycling, which is a requirement to compete in collegiate races.

Community and Networking: Collegiate cycling offers a unique opportunity to be part of a community, network with fellow cyclists, and develop lifelong friendships.

Remember, collegiate cycling is not just about competition; it’s also about personal development, community building, and enjoying the sport of cycling.

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