Ride and Learn: Lees-McRae College Cycling

Lees-McRae College has launched a search for student athletes with an interest in cycling.

Coach Winger stated that the ideal candidate for their program is a rider who wants to give his or her best and truly invest in Lees-McRae College, and the cycling team. The level of rider is really only a small part of the picture because the rider that arrives at Lees-McRae College could be completely different than the rider they are when they leave.

He also added that Carla Swart was a new rider when she came to Lees-McRae College and ended up winning 19 national titles. She also achieved excellent grades, took the young riders jersey in the women's Tour de France, signed with HTC-Highroad and the South African Olympic team. Pretty amazing; however, some of our strongest team players were riders that never raced a national championship, but they invested in the team.

Lees-McRae College do not offer full scholarships, but provide full support to all team members when they travel thus off-setting individual student financial expenditures.

"It's a great area for riding very hilly, but I'd say it's the best area for training in the whole of the United States." --Lance Armstrong on Boone and Banner Elk, NC

WHAT IS THE RIDE LIKE?

At an elevation of 4,000 feet our riders train and study in some of the best terrain in the country. Lees-McRae College is minutes away from thousands of acres of national forest that includes the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The Lees-McRae College campus sits in the shadow of Beech Mountain where Lance Armstrong renewed his passion for cycling only to win the Tour de France the very next summer. At Lees-McRae College the staff is passionate about their surroundings and equally excited about the development of their cycling team and the individuals that make the team.

If you are a student looking for an opportunity to continue to develop your riding and move forward in your education, Lees-McRae College would like to talk to you about a place on their cycling team. The Lees-McRae College is a fully funded race team, recognized by USA Cycling and the Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (SECCC). The team competes in major collegiate events throughout the country including mountain, track, cyclocross and road national championships.

The conference is made up of schools from Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and a few schools in North Carolina. The SECCC is one of 11 conferences in the United States that make up the National Collegiate Cycling Association (NCCA). The NCCA administers, develops, promotes, and governs collegiate cycling across the country. The NCCA is a standing committee of USA Cycling.

Lees-McRae College is actively recruiting riders who are able to race mountain, track, cyclocross and or road. Check them out by visiting Lees-McRae College and Bobcat Sports.

BICYCLE INDUSTRY DEGREE

Ten-time national champions, Lees-McRae College Bobcat Cycling Team is "bridging the gap" this spring between the bicycle and the classroom with the start of an innovative new minor program of study in Bicycling Studies.

This new addition to the curriculum positions Lees-McRae College as the only college in the United States to offer a unique academic-based program in Bicycling Studies.

For more information about the new minor, visit Lees -McRae Minor in Bicycling Studies.

About the author: Imelda March lives in Chicago and is a member of Team Kenda. She is a frequent contributor to The Daily Peloton Cycling News team, reporting on women's cycling issues and general peloton ramblings. Imelda is an experienced racer who also holds an MBA and is a marketing strategy expert.