How to join: Fall 2020
This year has been hard–on our lungs, our hearts, and our spirits. We hope a group of friends who like bikes will help. Just because Cal is online this semester doesn’t mean we’re sitting on our hands. Here’s what we’ve got planned this semester:
- Rider pod matching: for obvious reasons, our usual big group rides aren’t happening this semester. To facilitate safe and responsible riding, we will match riders in small groups to form social pods based on riding ability and interests.
- On September 12th, we will participate in Pedal to Empower, which raises money to provide bicycles for girls around the globe.
- In October and November, we are hosting the East Bay Hill Climb Series for wildfire relief
- Virtual core and stretching sessions
- Race watch parties — the Tour in September, Classics in October, oh my!
Besides that, our usual team benefits still apply:
- Discounts on our fabulous beautiful kit
- Discounts on CLIF products through team orders
- Discounts at Mike’s Bikes
- Access to the team tool collection we’re building, since bike shops are slammed these days
Instructions for joining the roster are below. We also encourage you to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Any student, undergraduate or graduate, is eligible to join Cal Cycling. No experience required.
Join the Roster
Official Cal Cycling membership goes through Cal Sports Clubs. There’s a small amount of bureaucracy to get through:
- Fill out this short information form. This is for us so we know something about you!
- Join Cal Sport Clubs (free)
- Go to the Rec Sports Store and select “Memberships.”
- Select “Sports Club Membership,” for duration one semester and select Fall 2020. Add to Cart (cost should be $0), accept any relevant waivers and check-out.
- IMLeagues Team Roster (free)
- Go to IMLeagues. Click on “Register” and select the green “Register” button
- Select the “Cal Sport Clubs” tab in the upper-right. Locate Cal Cycling and select “Request.”
Concussion Training (free, once per career)
- The link to the online concussion training is here. This is one of those online trainings, but as someone who’s hit his head 3 times this is super useful.
- Take a screenshot of the page that shows a summary when you complete the test. Your Berkeley email and score MUST be visible. Send this screenshot to sportclubsAT@berkeley.edu.
- Go to IMLeagues. In the Upper-Left corner click “My Forms” and select “SC AT – UCOP Concussion Safety Training” and fill out the date you emailed the concussion training screenshot.
- Pay dues through RSF (for Fall 2020: $10, for all members).
- Go to the RSF store. At the search bar at the top, search for “Cycling”
- Select SC Cycling Fall Dues and check out
Cal Cycling Club and Team membership grants you:
- Access to our team rides and events;
- Access to the team Slack, where we organize non-regular rides and hang out;
- The ability to race in the Western Collegiate Cycling Conference as part of the Cal Cycling race team;
- Discounts on team kit and sponsor products
- Access to the team tool box
Where do you ride?
Our Saturday 9:30 team rides start at Kroeber Fountain. Usually we start by riding up Tunnel Road. From there, common rides are 3 bears, Redwood-Pinehurst, Grizzly Peak, and Zoo Loop. Suspended during Fall 2020 due to COVID.
What bike do I need to ride?
The bike you have is probably good enough. People come to the club with bikes of all levels, from old steel commuters to out-and-out carbon race bikes. For safety concerns and ride cohesion, your bike, especially the drivetrain and braking mechanisms, need to be well-maintained.
Are helmets required?
Yes, no exceptions. Also note that full face helmets are required for downhill, dual slalom, and super D events.
What else do I need to bring on a ride?
Please bring enough so that you’re self-sufficient in case you have a mechanical and are separated from the group: enough to replace a flat, a multi-tool, sufficient food and clothing for the weather and ride length, and a phone.
When do you race?
Cal Cycling races in the Western Collegiate Cycling Conference. Fall is mountain season, Spring is road.
How fast do I need to be to race?
In terms of speed and power, there isn’t a minimum requirement to trying out racing, but we will require that all racing members are competent and confident enough to race (for example, in a group for road races) from a safety perspective.
I’m curious about racing, but it seems intimidating. What do I do?
Trust me – we’ve all been there too. Talk to an officer! Lots of us raced for the first time in college, and went through the same things as you.