The Wisconsin Cycling Club is a student organization at UW-Madison that promotes healthy lifestyles on and off the bike. The club consists of both leisure cyclists as well as racers who compete throughout the country in the Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference and USA Cycling Collegiate Nationals as a Division I team. We provide members with coaching, nutritional products, clothing, and training to help cyclists reach their fitness goals. In addition, we organize non-competitive, social rides to surrounding venues and welcome anyone regardless of skill-level.
Wisconsin Cycling is open to all students and staff, but leadership roles, official decisions, and general club management are limited to students only. Club dues for all members are $100. Membership provides many clothing and product discounts, travel to and lodging at race weekends, access to training and coaching, and many social rides. See the FAQ section for more details. In order to race with the team, members must purchase a race license from USA Cycling.
We meet every other Tuesday night from 7 – 8pm in Science Hall 180. Club meetings are a great opportunity to ask questions, meet other cyclists, plan rides, and learn more about the team. The calendar tab will provide more details about upcoming meetings.
What do I have to do to join the club?
To join the team, you need to pay dues ($100/year) and fill out 2 forms on win.wisc.edu. You can either pay dues at the meeting or during office hours. See the footer of our website for our office hours and location. To fill out the forms, go to win.wisc.edu, click on “organizations,” search for Wisconsin Cycling Club, and join club on our home page. Once you get an email confirming your membership has been approved, look on the left sidebar under forms and fill out the “membership consent form” and the “health waiver”.
What kinds of rides do you go on?
We go on fun social rides, training rides, and everything in between. You don’t have to be a fast rider to ride with us! Social rides in the past have included loops around the lakes and stops for ice cream. We have fitness oriented rides led by both Coach Casey and club members. The easiest way to stay in the loop about rides is to pay dues and watch your email for ride announcements.
I know dues are $100. What does that get me?
In short, your dues provide you with group ride/spin class access, the ability to race, and coaching from our fantastic coach, Casey Lamers. You also get access to team specific emails, which include rides and events, info about accessing special deals from our sponsors, and info on how to get involved with your Badger teammates!
Here is the full list of benefits of membership, which can add up to over $4000 in benefits and discounts over just one year:
*Huge discounts on Trek and Bontrager merchandise (if you want to get a new bike or accessories, this is a fantastic way to go about it!!)
*Discounts with our nutrition sponsor, Mikes Mix (a local company that sells great product)
*Discounts on club kits and jerseys. They were redesigned by Trek this spring and they look amazing!
*Discounts on our annual spring break trip to a warmer location where we can ride and have fun outside for a full week
*Club member led social rides, for example to an apple orchard and ice cream shops
*Club member led social rides around town and on trails in the area
*Club member led rides for more competitive riders on the team
*Other social events throughout the year
*Monthly training plans from and weekly spin classes led by our Coach
*We aim to offer spin classes twice a week, one lead by our coach, and one led by an experienced club member
*The club will organize travel and lodging for race weekends and occasionally cover those costs completely
How can I just stay involved with the general Madison cycling community?
Subscribe to the listserve by sending a blank email to: join–uw–firstname.lastname@example.org to stay in touch with community led rides. All UW staff, faculty, and students are welcome to join the club, even if they don’t want to race, to stay connected with spin classes, club led rides, and training plans. You’re welcome to volunteer at our Camrock CX race to help the club too.
What should I bring on a ride?
Always bring a helmet, food (try energy chews or gels from a sports nutrition company), and water.
Make sure you dress for the weather! If you’re unsure what to wear, there are many resources online with clothing suggestions.
Where can I safely store my bike on campus? Do you have a place I can store my bike?
Our club does not have a space where we store all of the bikes. Most members will store their bikes in their room or apartment. If you’re short on space, consider renting spot in a secure bike cage or locker through the UW transportation department.
Previous Racing Success
Wisconsin Cycling Club races in the MWCCC-Division I category, which houses some of the best varsity cycling programs in the nation. Our riders are consistently competitive with these professional-level athletes and the club usually qualifies for nationals in all disciplines in which we compete: Cyclocross, Mountain, and Road.
More Notable Results from the 2013-2014 school year season include:
Alex Martin, 4th place, USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships in Boulder, CO!
Maxwell Ackermann, 6th place, Cat. A at Camrock
Alex Meyer, 4th place, Cat. A XC at Mizzou Mountain Madness
Michael Landowski, 1st place, Cat. C DS at Michigan Tech
Maxwell Ackermann, 9th place, Cat. A at Ripon
Madeline Pape, 7th place, Cat. A at Lindenwood
Christopher Besaw, 1st place, Cat. B at Purdue
Joe Tarnowski, 1st place, Cat. B at Notre Dame
MayaLisa Holzman, 3rd place, Cat. B at Ripon
Derek Landwehr, 2nd place, Cat. C at Purdue
Colin Kennedy, 4th place, Cat. C at Ripon