How to join: Spring 2021
Fall 2021: We are busy planning for Fall 2021, and planning to return in person. If you are a prospective member, feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to introduce yourself.
Club benefits and the normal roster process are below.
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 purchase discounted Cal Cycling kit year-round
- Discounts on CLIF Products and Mike’s Bikes of Berkeley
- Access to the team tool box, including professional-grade wheel truing tools, torque wrenches, etc.
- The ability to race in the Western Collegiate Cycling Conference as part of the Cal Cycling race team;
Join the Roster
Official Cal Cycling membership goes through Cal Sports Clubs. There’s a small amount of bureaucracy to get through:
- Fill out a short information form (Spring 2021 TBA). 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
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.