Interested in joining the club? The following page should provide you with more information about who we are, what we are about and how you can join!

Texas 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. Our members are UT students that are interested in riding bikes, racing bikes, and making friends. We ride both recreationally and competitively in road, mountain, 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.

  1. Let us know you’re interested! Fill out the new member form found here (This will sign you up for our newsletters as well. They announce meetings, group rides, social events, and races, feel free to come out to anything that you see).
  2. Show up/introduce yourself. Our Friday social ride (Shoal Creek Shootout) and the bi/tri-weekly meetings are a great way to meet people and get a better impression of the club (You’ll receive emails on when those are when you fill out the new member form in item 1).
  3. The last step is filling out the RecSports membership form and paying dues. You may pay dues through RecSports, login and go to “Sport Club Tournaments & Online Dues” in the left sidebar. Pay for “Cycling – Online Dues (Club).” You may also pay in person through cash or check at meetings or coordinate with an officer for meeting up at some other time.

Extra: This is highly encouraged. Please join our Facebook members group. It’s where most information is dispersed first, it’s where we coordinate rides, it’s basically the hub of the club.

FAQ

What is Texas Cycling?

We’re primarily a social organization, with lots of fun get-togethers and events that make everyone in the club into one big group of friends that all seem to like, sometimes love, bikes. On the social side of things we have regular rides from campus that go to different eateries, along with beginner rides in the fall semester, participation in large Austin rides, and spontaneous member led rides in our Facebook group.

We do not shy away from competition however! Texas Cycling participates in the South Central Collegiate Cycling Conference (SCCCC) under USA Cycling (USAC) in organized road, mountain bike, cyclocross, and track events. We consistently are a top team in the conference and send members to nationals yearly. Our goal is to promote cycling for everyone and one of the most exciting things you can do is race. Even from a beginner level racing is fun and is something we recommend every member to try at least once regardless of skill level.

Overall our team strives to establish a positive and fulfilling atmosphere to promote cycling for our riders and for the entirety of the UT campus. Our club makes it a point to help in the cycling community and make it a great place for everyone.

Who can be a member?

Any UT undergraduate or graduate student, staff, or faculty (non-students must get a RecSports membership) 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 want everyone and anyone to come out and ride with us! We don’t even care if you’ve barely started riding. We’re here to encourage cycling throughout the school and to bring everyone into our group of friends. If you don’t care to get fast then you’re fine, if you do then that’s also fine. We’re a network of cyclist that will help each other achieve any goals we have.

Do I have to have an expensive bike?

If you really wanted to you don’t even need a bike. You can come to our fun events and socials without one and we’re happy just to meet and talk to you! In terms of bike specifications though, anything does. While some things might be harder on less-equipped bikes, most things can still be done. What you do need is a bicycle that is functional and safe to ride. 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. They’re UT’s amazing volunteer bike workshop and they can help you diagnose any qualms or issues that you might have.

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. Contact an officer and we’ll let you know what current offers we have with brands or shops, or even if you want our opinion on different bike selections.

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. Check out our events page for more info on that.

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.

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.

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!

Any questions or want something to be clarified? Email us using this contact form!