USA Cycling Announces New Varsity Programs for 2014


USA Cycling is excited to announce four new collegiate varsity programs as well a new emerging varsity program to its current list of 13 varsity programs. Adams State University, Furman University, Union College and Western State Colorado University have all achieved full varsity status after coming through emerging varsity status. In addition to this, Michigan Technological University has been designated an emerging varsity program. This means they are taking steps towards attaining official varsity status and have the support of their school in working towards these goals. For the Michigan cycling team this means paying race entry fees, attending multiple national championships and looking to provide scholarships in the near future. These programs represent a vast range of schools and disciplines, with both private and public schools included.

Adams State University has focused predominantly on mountain biking in their first year, competing at the 2013 USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships. They also sent riders to the 2014 CapTech Collegiate Road National Championships, with one rider placing 6th in the criterium under the guidance of Coach Marshal Hartley.

The Union College program has been recognized by the school as a varsity program since 1998 and
is currently under the
Elisa Otter finished third in the Division II women's dual slalom
Elisa Otter finished third in the Division II women's dual slalom for Union College at 2012 Mountain Bike Nationals. 
direction of Sean Trinque. Since this time they have attended every mountain bike nationals, finishing 5th in the Division II team omnium for 2013. In the future they plan to begin attending cyclo-cross nationals as well to continue expanding the program.

Western State Colorado University focused on mountain biking the past few years.The team has finished as high as second in 2013 and eighth in the national rankings for Division II by also competing at the 2014 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships.  Coach David Wiens is looking forward to continuing to expand the program as the Director of Mountain Sports.

Furman University makes the jump to a full-fledged varsity program after being an emerging team during the 2013-2014 season under coach Rusty Miller. They also participated at cyclo-cross nationals with a 4th place finish and sent riders to road nationals where they earned a national title in the criterium. The team finished 11th in the national rankings for the 2013-2014 school year.

The Michigan Technological University team has also attended mountain bike nationals the last four years and will be looking to branch out into other disciplines as well while working with their university to grow the program.

Varsity teams are required to meet at least three of the following four criteria: being recognized by their school as a varsity program, paying race entry fees, attending multiple USA Cycling Collegiate National Championships each year, and awarding at least $10,000 in athlete scholarships each year. Many varsity programs go above and beyond these requirements, providing a level of support that rivals and sometimes surpasses professional teams all while providing educational opportunities for their athletes at respected universities.

With the addition of these programs, the number of varsity schools now totals 17, with an additional four emerging varsity programs. More information on collegiate cycling varsity programs can be found here.

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