Hey everyone, the board has slowed down a bit now that basketball and the spring game have passed, so I figured I'd give an update regarding one of Michigan's Club Teams that some probably didn't know existed. Also, there was some decent discussion during last year's Tour de France so I know that there are at least a few cycling fans on the board.
Our road race season wrapped up last weekend with the final pair of races at Purdue on Saturday and Notre Dame on Sunday. Our team is a member of the MidWest Collegiate Cycling Conference, which is home to club teams from familiar schools such as MSU, OSU, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Northwestern, Purdue, Notre Dame, Kentucky, Depaul, Butler, and many more small schools. The conference also includes the 3 varsity schools of Marian, Lindenwood, and Lindsey Wilson. Unsurprisingly Marian and Lindenwood are on a whole different level as they can recruit and give scholarships so they dominate the conference.
Scoring for collegiate cycling is a bit different, so I'll give a brief overview. Racers are sorted out into categories from D to A for men and C/B and A for women. The higher the category(with A being the highest) the more team points one gets for finishing well.
Our season began back in February with a weekend at Lindsey Wilson College(Columbia, KY). We've been racing on the weekends since then with races at DePauw University(Greencastle, IN), Marian University(Indianapolis, IN), Michigan State, our home race(!), Purdue, and Notre Dame with a spring break training camp in Georgia squeezed in there too. We were scheduled to go to Wisconsin this weekend, but unfortunately the race was cancelled.
Anyways, the University ot Michigan Cycling Team ended up finishing 8th overall (out of 39 teams that scored points) in the conference. We also finished 7th amongst Division 1 schools, 5th amongst non-varsity schools, and 4th amongst Big Ten schools. A full spreadsheet of the standings can be found HERE
Overall it was a successful season for the team in respect to previous years. We ended up wracking up 3 individual wins, 2 Team Time Trial wins, and several other podium and top 10 finishes. We also had one of our Women's A riders qualify for Collegiate Nationals, but they're on the same weekend as graduation so she won't be attending.
Now its time for our riders to go join their summer teams for some USAC racing before coming back in the fall for mountain bike and cyclocross season.