For students who don’t like the idea of riding alone and crave the competition and camaraderie of riding with others, the Salt Lake Community College Cycling Club is a perfect match.
The focus of the SLCC Cycling Club is to help promote and grow collegiate cycling at the racing level in the Inter-Mountain Conference. Offering a collegiate cycling program to aspiring young cyclists gives them the opportunity to pursue a career in cycling while obtaining an education.
“SLCC Cycling Club is for any student, faculty or supporter of the community college who is interested in riding bicycles,” says Mike Trussell, president. “Our goal is to provide opportunities for riders interested in racing competitively and for those who simply enjoy riding.”
SLCC Cycling Club has seen a success since its inception in 2011 and in its first full season of competitive racing starting in 2012.
“In 2012, we killed it. We did really well. We had several riders qualify for nationals,” says Trussell. “Courtland Brown actually won collegiate nationals up in Ogden. We were biking against schools that have big enough cycling programs that they give out scholarships for it.”
During the cycling season which begins in March, the club generally meets on Fridays for group rides, and during the winter will host spinning classes to stay in shape for the racing seasons. The club also helps with training beginning riders to race at the collegiate level and train for century rides (100 mile bike rides). During the fall season the cycling club will be doing group rides on Friday’s at 4 p.m. leaving from Revolution Bicycles.
For students who want to join the club and race at the collegiate level, there are some specific qualifications. You need to have the proper cycling equipment, be in good standing with the school and maintain a 2.5 GPA. There is a yearly fee of $20, which helps fund SLCC cycling races and will give you access to the bike shop and supplier discounts. To join, contact Mike Trussell at firstname.lastname@example.org.