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Bicycle Racing at Community Colleges – or Lack Thereof

Posted by Peter W on March 29, 2007

Why is it that the USA Cycling website only lists three community colleges as having registered bicycle racing teams? There are 314 teams from traditional colleges and universities.

There is Portland Community College, Front Range Community College, and Pueblo Community College. It is interesting that both Front Range and Pueblo are in Colorado. I wonder if having the US Olympic Training Center there helps.

There are probably a number of reasons community colleges don’t have teams; here are some I can think of:

  • Age: many students may be working adults with neither time nor inclination for racing.
  • Lack of prestige: people don’t brag about going to a community college, so why would they brag about racing for one?
  • Less time for racer development (i.e., only two years instead of four).
  • Faster leadership turnover (and more importantly, less time for previous leaders to train new leaders).
  • Lack of on-campus living: because students all live off campus, getting them together for group training rides may be more difficult, especially where the campus is in a suburban setting and students live far apart.

So now that the problems are laid out (did I miss any?) the question is, how can they be addressed?

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