Thursday, February 18, 2016

2016 Road Season Starts in Louisiana

The Green Wave Classic will kick off the SCCCC road racing season February 27-28.  Please, please, please get or renew your USAC license NOW to be sure you are in the USAC database as having a current COLLEGIATE license so that you can pre-register online! Yes, pre-register online. Yes, you can race in the category on your license only.  No, you can’t get upgraded on race day.  Please pre-register. It really speeds things up and keeps the lines down on race day.  Key links and information are below:

Race Website:  http://cycling.tulane.edu/
Race Bible (everything you need to know):  https://www.usacycling.org/register/2016-625
Road Course Strava Route:  https://www.strava.com/routes/3736494
Time Trial Course Strava Route:  https://www.strava.com/routes/4120651

Courses: For 2016 we will be using a new Road Race course and a new Time Trial course. The RR course is a bit farther away from the I-10/190 intersection where most of the hotels are, but it offers better terrain and hopefully a bit less traffic. The TT course is close to Covington on a road that was re-asphalted last year and is smooth and fast. The Criterium will be in the same location as last year. There are maps in the Race Bible.

Registration:  Register for the Omnium in your correct Class and Category unless you don’t plan to race all three races. The online registration system will check for correct categories so if you need an upgrade, don’t wait.  Request it now via your USAC license page!  There will be Friday night registration at The Spokesman bike shop in Mandeville until 10:00 pm.  After that it’s an additional fee to register on race day.  If you can make it to the bike shop on Friday night you can sign in and pick up your race numbers, so no waiting in line Saturday morning. Otherwise, get to Saturday registration early!  New collegiate racers, remember to keep you race numbers because you will be using the same ones all road season. Even if you are pre-registered, you will still need to sign the pre-filled-in release form and pick up your season-long race numbers on Friday night or Saturday morning.

Lodging:  There is a list of suggested hotels in the Race Bible, mostly in the area of I-10 and Highway 190 between Mandeville and Covington. There are lots of places to eat along 190 and in Covington.

Results: We will be uploading results to the LAMBRA.org website following each race and will do all of the awards for everything at the Criterium.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Colleigiate Nationals Change

COLLEGIATE NATIONALS CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT

   
 
   
 


After over a year of soliciting feedback from riders, clubs and coaches as well as working with the collegiate committee USA Cycling has decided to move to hosting varsity and club races at collegiate nationals rather than the DI and DII races that have been hosted historically. This will begin with the 2016 Mountain Bike Nationals and continue from there.

Long term we believe this is a needed change in order to give club cycling a better and more competitive platform, where teams are competing against other teams in their peer group. Collegiate cycling has a strong history of club team racing and we feel this will give it the best chance to have a strong future as well.

This change allows the growth of varsity to stand on its own, rather than at the expense of the club teams. The varsity program will be undergoing dramatic changes in the next year, with increasing oversight as well as a better definition of what a varsity cycling team is. This will be based largely on institutional support and operations, rather than competitiveness.

This will affect the mountain bike, cyclo-cross and road nationals the most in that those races are separated unlike track and BMX. And although there are still details to be worked out within this plan, but we know that we will be sticking with a two race format (ex: one XC race for varsity, one XC race for club) and there will be no exceptions granted for schools to participate out of designation, unlike what has been done in the past for DI and DII.

A few things up for discussion still:

- How this trickles down to the conferences and allocations.

- Whether we increase the individual race cap for varsity teams, particularly for the criterium at road nationals

- If we still award the team omnium split between DI and DII within the varsity and club races (ex: There’s one varsity individual champion for the road race, but there is a DI varsity team omnium champion and a DII varsity team omnium champion)

The committee will continue to work on the answers to these questions and many others, and as always your input is welcome. Please feel free to send comments to Emily Palmer at epalmer@usacycling.org , or through the committee (collegiate@usacycling.org). 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

2016 National Championship Dates Released

USA Cycling has released its 2016 national championship schedule and the collegiate dates and locations are...

Cyclocross Nationals -
January 8-9
Ashville, NC

Road Nationals -
May 13-15
Marshall & Weaverville, NC

Track Nationals -
September 15-17
Rock Hill, SC

Mountain Bike Nationals -
October 21-23
Snowshoe Mountain, WV

For more information on the upcoming events, head over to the nationals page on USA Cycling at:

National Championship

And on twitter as always, #CollNats

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

2015 MTB Season Overall Standings

All,

I would like to congratulate everyone on a season well done and wish those going to represent us at nationals the best of luck.

Find below the full standings for the 2015 MTB season. Mistakes are possible and if you find something out of whack please let me know and I would be happy to discuss it. It was already pointed out to me that there was a rider listed with points under two numbers and after fixing it, Tyler Chidester from UNT took first place in Men's B's


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Baylor MTB Updated Info

Here are some details you may want to know:

 

Camping is available both nights at the Northern Gateway in Cameron Park. There will be signs showing you where you may set up your tent.

 

Registration Saturday morning will be at the Mouth of the Bosque in Cameron Park. You may not ride your bike on the trails to the Mouth of the Bosque because there will be a trail run race that starts at 8:00AM so take the road to get there. I will be at the northern gateway Saturday morning to show people how to get to the mouth of the bosque till 9:00AM.

 

The uphill sprint will start at mouth of the bosque, all other races will start at the northern gateway.

 

Schedule:

 

Saturday:

8:30AM registration opens

10:00AM uphill sprint starts (at mouth of the bosque)

2:00PM short track race starts

              2:00-2:20 – Women’s B/C

              2:35-2:55 – Men’s C

              3:10-3:30 – Women’s A

              3:45-4:05 – Men’s B

              4:20-4:40 – Men’s A

              4:55-5:15 – High School

 

Sunday:

6:30AM registration opens

8:00AM – Men’s A XC start

10:15AM Men’s B, C, and Women’s A, B, C XC start

 

Also a reminder that the XC race is combined with the TMBRA series so there will be a lot of people there!

 

On-site registration only for collegiate at $15 per event or $35 for all three

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Mountain Bike Upgrades

I've been getting some odd upgrade requests of late.

First and foremost, we don't have any downhill or mountain cross events in the conference, so unless you're transferring in or racing a series in the summertime, please stop requesting "Cat A" DH or MX upgrades.

Second, a Cat A license is the exact same thing as a Cat 1 mountain bike license. The rules for upgrading are exactly the same and they are interchangeable for each other. With that being said. Cat 2 riders that can not qualify for a Cat 1 upgrade, will not be racing Cat A collegiate events. Also, once you get your Cat A upgrade, you WILL be required to request a Cat 1 mountain upgrade. We've been relaxed on this Tull for a while, but it seems to be getting abused more frequently. I'll be working with the regional coordinators and local associations and work to get everyone squared away. 

-Matthew Reynolds
SCCCC

Road Nationals Date Set!

The Collegiate Road Nationals will return to beautiful Ashville, North Carolina from May 13-15 in 2016! 

Let's start getting our spring season dates locked down, ease start submitting race proposals with a conference championship date of April 30-May 1.