The start of the school year calls for new textbooks,
yes. But it also calls for toe spikes, FMB tubulars,
sand, barriers, and a whole lot of mud. We spend our
opening months racing the New England cyclocross
scene, getting to mix it up with pros and other
amateur riders on the circuit.
The New Haven winters aren't always the kindest but we
train on. Even when the days start getting short and
the roads start getting icy, the team still rides together.
We just grab our fleece-lined bib tights, slap on our fenders,
and put in some long base miles.
There is absolutely nothing more fun than a spring
collegiate cycling season. We head off to races every
weekend all over the North East with our team trailer
loaded with bikes and equipment. With three or four
events every weekend, we get our healthy mix of time
trialing, crit racing, and road racing.
Collegiate cycling puts an invaluable emphasis on teamwork. Every racer contributes to the team's overall score at the end of a race weekend. Intro riders can be just as responsible for a team victory as the top A category riders so Yale's deep team makes us a force to be reckoned with.
We win. After putting in all our hard work we like to see results. Yale Cycling is consistently at the top of the ECCC standings and the team won the Ivy League Cup in 2012, proving our competitiveness. The last two years, we've fielded full 8 person teams at the national championships and we are poised to do so for years to come.