COLLEGIATE NATIONALS CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT
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 firstname.lastname@example.org , or through the committee (email@example.com).