UT Cycling is a club at the University of Texas at Austin. It is one of the many club sport teams which are part of UT RecSports (http://www.utrecsports.org/). Our members are UT students that are interested in riding bikes, racing bikes, and making friends. We ride both recreationally and competitively in mountain, road, cyclocross, track, and BMX. More info in our FAQ below.
How to Join!
The only eligibility requirement is you must be a current undergraduate or graduate student, staff, or faculty. We are just looking for people who share our passion for cycling. For more information check out our FAQ below. The following are steps to become a member.
- Let us know you’re interested! Fill out the new member form found here.
- Join the listserve. All of our main communications are channeled through it, including announcing meetings, group rides, social events and races.
- Show up/introduce yourself. Our Friday social ride (Shoal Creek Shootout) and the (usually) bi-weekly meetings are a great way to meet people and get a better impression of the club.
- Logistics. The last step is filling out the RecSports form and paying dues. This last step is easy and a current member/officer can help direct you to the right forms.
What is UT Cycling?
UT Cycling is a club at the University of Texas at Austin. It is one of the many club sport teams which are part of UT RecSports (http://www.utrecsports.org/). Our members are UT students that are interested in riding bikes, racing bikes, and making friends. We ride both recreationally and competitively in mountain, road, cyclocross, track, and BMX.
Who can be a member?
Any UT undergraduate or graduate student, staff, or faculty can be a member of the club. In order to compete in intercollegiate races, you must be a full-time student (either graduate or undergraduate).
Do I have to be fast?
Not at all! We welcome anybody with an interest in riding bikes. Our members range from new cyclists who are mainly interested in fitness or recreational cycling to experienced competitive cyclists that race on the national level.
Do I have to have an expensive bike?
While you will need to have a bike if you want to go on our rides, you do not have to have a fancy racing bike. Some members will do the social rides on their commuter bikes, while the more serious training rides may require something built for distance and speed. What you do need is a bicycle that is functional and safe to ride. For longer rides, you will need to worry more about comfort and reliability. If you are unsure about the safety or reliability of your bike, check out a local bike shop, or check out the Orange Bike Project
Can you help me find a bike?
Yes! While there is nothing we can do to change the fact that decent bikes cost money, we can help you find something that fits your needs. There many shops in town, including our sponsor shop, that can help you find a bike for racing or recreation that will fit your needs and your budget. In addition, there are plenty of places on the internet where you can look for used bikes.
Do I need anything else to go on rides?
Yes! You absolutely must have a helmet for any of our rides. For longer rides, you will need snacks, water, and supplies to fix a flat tire.
How far/fast/frequently do you ride?
We have a very broad range of rides that we do, at all times of the week. Our easiest road rides will be around an hour to 90 minutes, with an average speed of 12 mph. Our toughest training rides may be over 100 miles or average 22+ mph. A more typical road ride for beginners will be 20-30 miles at 15 mph. Mountain bike rides are usually 1-3 hours, at whatever speed people are comfortable with. We have rides on the weekend and during the week, and in the mornings and afternoons.
Can anyone go on rides?
Mostly, yes. Anybody from the university community is welcome, including alumni. Most people on rides are members or people interested in joining, but we do get a few semi-regular riders from the triathlon club or other parts of the university who are not members. Going on a ride is a great way to see what we’re all about. If you are a current sponsor or interested in sponsoring us, we’d be totally stoked to ride with you, and you should .
Okay, enough about riding. What else do you do?
We do a lot of stuff! We have regular meetings where we talk about cycling-related things and keep everyone updated on the club. We have BBQ’s, go to Salt Lick, and often get food together after long group rides. We have parties to watch pro cycling races on TV. Every fall, we put on a big supported fund-raising ride to keep the club dues affordable, and help pay for things like racing dues and hotels.
How much are dues?
Dues vary per semester based on membership and funding from RecSports. There are two tiers of dues: race and club to better serve an individual’s interest.
What do I get for paying dues?
You get to do all club activities! This includes all our parties, training camp, organized group rides, and anything else the club organizes. If you pay club dues, you get to try one race, in any discipline, without paying race dues. We do this because almost everybody who tries racing decides to pay full race dues so they can do more. Additionally, you get access to all of our sponsor benefits. Race dues cover all races for a discipline plus most if not all travel arrangements.
What is training camp?
Training camp usually refers to our road cycling training camp held in January before classes start. We stay in cabins in Leakey, TX for four to five nights, and do a whole lot of riding, eating, and bonding. It’s awesome, and you should go! We also have mountain bike training camp in the fall, right around the time the semester starts. This is usually a couple nights of camping near some trails. Again, it’s mostly riding, eating, and hanging out. For 2015, we have summer training camp in New Mexico. It will be a week-long trip for both mountain and road cycling.
Who are your current sponsors?
Our current sponsors can be found on our home page and our sponsors page. We’re grateful for all the support we get, and there is no conceivable way we could do this without them!
I want to join the club. What do I do next?
Check out the checklist at the top of the page and be sure to let us know via the contact form below.
I have a question you didn’t answer here. What should I do?
Feel free to use the contact form below with any question or concern!