Frequently Asked Questions
“Is this a race only club?”
No it is not, we like to keep the fun-to-work ratio balanced… or slightly more weighted towards the fun side.
“What do you guys like to do for fun?”
In order to stay sane, time off the bike is very good. We’ll cook some good food, go cross-country skiing, and find other fun adventures.
“What do I need to race?”
Two things:1.) Pay club dues. Compared to other clubs, the reasonable $125 fee is applied to covering some entry fees, supplying food, and funding our travels. Recreationally, it allows us to host events such as BBQs, rides, and community service projects.2.) Purchasing a license from USA Cycling will allow you enjoy races, resources, and the fun that comes with racing.
Team Iowa, The University of Iowa Cycling Club
Whether you would enjoy chill group rides, you have a competitive need for speed, or you’re looking for a healthy new life style, checkout University of Iowa Cycling Club. Not only will you meet a bunch of cool new people that love to bike as much as you, but you will also get the chance to participate in exciting community events, fun group rides, and entertaining club socials.
On top of all that, we will also have tons of racing opportunities and chances to travel to different college campuses.
Our club is open to all experience levels and will offer a wide range of rides and events that fit your cycling needs. The only requirement is love for bikes.
For more information, please feel free to stop by our meetings or send us an email via our Contact Page.
Meeting Other Riders – Due to demanding and conflicting schedules of our student members, the Club typically does not adhere to scheduled club rides (although if the participation demanded, scheduled rides would easily be set up.) Our club is more concerned with meeting the other club members and becoming friends. From there, it is much easier to find others who share similar riding needs and it is much more comfortable to set up rides. Once a week, we have an evening meetings followed immediately by a “Social Hour.”
Rides are set up through the website Wiggio.com. Wiggio allows you to send a text or an email to the Team and provide the details (when/where/how far/etc… ) of a ride.
The club has also been an avenue for people to meet and set up a group to attend RAGBRAI.Racing – The UICC is a member of the North Central Collegiate Cycling Conference (NCCCC), which is governed and sanctioned by USA Cycling. Our conference is made up of schools from Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota – schools such as UKansas, Kansas State, UNebraska, UMinnesota, North Dakota State and Iowa State. Races are hosted by teams in our conference and are divided into MTB races in the fall and road races in the spring. The NCCCC is one of 11 divisions of USA Collegiate Cycling. At the end of each season with a national race consisting of qualifying schools from the entire country. As well as being highly competitive, racing is a great way to see other schools and areas in the Midwest as well as meet other students. Travel costs (vehicle, lodging, food, entry fee, and gas) are generally provided by the club. Racing is reserved to full-time collegiate students, however amateur status is not required. If you are interested in racing, information will become available through emails and meeting. Details for each race are worked out as needed, but for the most part, the races are a lot of fun and quite an adventure.
Club History – The Club’s past is a bit of a mystery. There was a club in the past, and that’s about all we know. In the 2002-2003 school year, the Club was reorganized and open to all U of I students interested in cycling. The following year, the Club also focused on promoting cycling, club interaction and activities, and U of I cycling apparel and racing. In 2003-2004, the Club finally did more things right then it did wrong, and was finally successful with a thriving membership and a flourishing U of I cycling apparel campaign. Hopefully the Club will continue to improve and last for a long time.*Club membership is limited by University of Iowa regulations which require the Club to maintain an overall minimum of 51% membership made up of U of I students. Individual Club memberships subject to annual membership fee.