UCSB Cycling is a coed student organization of UCSB Recreational Sports. Our club is composed of recreational and competitive, undergraduate and graduate, students. Everyone is welcome to participate, as no experience is required! We compete in a number of cycling disciplines—including mountain, road, and track—and a wide variety of levels, from collegiate A-D’s to non-collegiate categories 1-5. Our team is part of the Western Collegiate Cycling Conference, a division of USA Cycling. Our competitive collegiate season runs from fall to spring quarter, but we also enjoy racing during the summer. Everyone is welcome on our group rides without joining the team as long as you wear a helmet and follow general bike etiquette. Please check out our google group where we post the majority of our rides.
+ HOW TO JOIN?
The best way to join the club is to get in touch with one of the officers by e-mail or join the google group and come to one of the posted rides. You can also attend one of our weekly team meetings, which are usually held on Thursdays at 8:00pm in SH 1431 (double check the google group first). You may join the club at any point during the year, but we recommend joining earlier as that is when the club meetings and rides are more focused on newcomers.
+ DO I NEED ANY PRIOR EXPERIENCE?
No! We accept riders and racers of all levels. At the beginning of the school year, our coach and officers lead various “no drop” rides, which are geared towards beginner riders. No matter how slow you go, you won’t be left behind!
+ WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE A BIKE?
We have mountain and road bikes available for rent. The rental rate is $15/week for road bikes and $20/week for mountain bikes, and are rented out on a first-come-first-serve basis. Due to high demand, bikes can only be rented for a week at a time. If you do decide to join the team and purchase a new bike, you will have access to great deals on complete bikes through our generous sponsors, Specialized and VeloPro Cyclery.
+ HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO JOIN?
Club membership costs $100 and entitles you to certain benefits such as discounts at VeloPro, our local bike shop. There are also additional fees to join either the mountain or road race team. Please contact us, or come to a team meeting in order to find out more about this.
+ WHO CAN JOIN THE CLUB?
Alumni, graduate students, and undergrads are all welcome to join the club. Members of the community are invited to come ride with us at any time! Collegiate races are restricted to full-time students only; however, there are also non-collegiate races throughout the year that we can help you prepare for.
+ CAN I JOIN JUST THE CLUB AND STILL RACE?
Yes. However, we advise the race-team membership if you would like to race. Your dues quickly pay for themselves when you consider all expenses needed for a race weekend.
+ WHEN DOES THE TEAM RIDE? ARE THERE REQUIRED PRACTICES?
Although there are no mandatory practices and set schedule for rides, we organize group rides, core workouts, skills clinics, and coach-led rides on a very frequent basis. Rides are primarily organized through our google group and there is usually at least one posted ride each day, giving you multiple options of when and what type of ride to attend.
+ I AM NEW TO THE AREA. WHERE DO I RIDE?
Check out our club Strava page to see where our members ride. The best way to find your way around is to go with someone who knows—join our google group to see emails posted by our members about rides, meetings, and upcoming events (feel free to post a ride yourself). You can also ask local bike shops about group rides nearby.
+ IS THERE A COACH?
We are currently in the process of hiring a new coach for our team! Please check back later for more information!
+ HOW DO I SPONSOR OR DONATE TO THE TEAM?
Visit our Sponsors page for more information regarding donations and sponsorships.
+ WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
If you have further questions, please visit our Contacts page or attend our team meetings.