How to join
COVID-19 UPDATE: Right now, we’re riding solo. We’re in discussion with Cal Sports Clubs to figure out how we will operate in the Fall 2020 semester. The safety of our members is our number one priority, but we still want to have fun.
The below is the process for joining in normal years.
If you’re interested in joining us in the Fall, whatever that is going to look like, sign up to receive club meeting notifications here. 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.
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
Join the Roster
Official Cal Cycling membership goes through Cal Sports Clubs. Membership signups are available at the beginning of each semester. If you want get an update when signup becomes available, join our email list here and select “club meetings.”
- Join Sports Clubs through RSF (free);
- Sign up for the Roster through IMLeagues (free);
- Pay dues through RSF ($30 non-racing, $60 racing)
Once you pay dues, you’ll get Slack access. If you want to race, you must also:
- Obtain a USAC collegiate license ($45, or $10 add-on to existing USAC license, once per year);
- Undergo concussion training and testing (free, once per career);
- Complete a per-participation physical exam (from $50, once per career)
Our detailed step-by-step guide for joining is here.
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.
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.