The University of California Berkeley Cycling Team
With the massive growth of high school cycling through the recent inception of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), we are seeing a huge boost in the amount of junior cyclists across the country. This is super exciting and promising for the sport to grow in a sustainable manner for the future.
But what happens to all these high school cyclists as they head to college? [Insert superhero music] Collegiate Cycling! Because collegiate cycling gets much less media exposure than high school cycling, many do not even know how it work or exists. The idea was founded initially as the National Collegiate Cycling Association in 1985, and is now under the governance of USA Cycling as USA Cycling Collegiate. Where as NICA currently focuses on just mountain biking, due to the benefit of safety and ease of introduction that mountain biking offers to beginner cyclists, collegiate cycling encompasses road, mountain bike, track and cyclocross — essentially all disciplines of bike racing other than BMX racing. This is really cool because all types of cyclists have a spot in the collegiate program.
Every Wednesday on Ditch Your Car we’ll be bringing you just another reason to spend more time on two wheels. Be it a photo, a statistic or an inspirational video, we want to keep reminding you about why riding is great!
“Bike riders have raised millions, if not billions, to fight everything from cancer to diabetes to AIDS, but cyclists need to realize that their own government funding for bike facilities is in real danger of being eliminated.” Richard Fries, Bikes Belong Development Advisor on the upcoming Ride on Washington, led by cyclocross champion Tim Johnson.
Does that inspire you to take action? Learn more at Bikes Belong and start getting excited for the upcoming National Bike Summit which kicks off next week!
Advocacy, Ditch Your Car
By Tracy Moseley
Having been a teammate of Fabien Barel’s for 5 years I have been aware of his 2 previous Urge Trips to Kenya and Nepal and this year when he asked me if I would like to join in on the adventure I jumped at the chance. The thought of combining enduro type downhill riding, with a real adventure to a remote place along with the opportunity to also raise money for the place we were going to visit really appealed to me.
Fabien invited 15 riders from across the world to take part in this trip to Cape Verde. It was a great mix of riders and personalities all with the same passion for riding our bikes. We all met up in Paris to make the 7-hour flight to Praia, the capital of the Islands.
Travelling with 17 bike bags and kit bags was going to be a challenge all week, but soon it was obvious that all we would need was a pick up, some good stacking and a good bit of string!
Bike Europe, Osprey Athletes