Off the Baccalaureate
34“Collegiate cycling looks like the future of cycling.” Scott Coady, Cycling Filmmaker
Finally, we arrive at the real March Madness – an exciting Spring phenomenon of conference play. College basketball is a fair comparison to collegiate bike racing: a few exceptional teams, enthusiastic fans, well-known coaches, a possible route of passage to the pros. Wish collegiate cycling had that varsity financing and media attention!
College students racing bikes is all about eagerness, self-discovery, lessons, and opportunity for honors. It is madness of the best kind as fervent young intellects are schooled in cycling’s lecture halls on the roads near university campuses. The courses are abridged versions of interesting venues – some rivaling elite parcours in petite sizes. The effect is a spring calendar in parallel with amateur and professional schedules.
American pro teams are drafting star juniors as they break into the national scene and allowing them the pick of the collegiate calendar to get legs and skills incognito away from pro-type pressure. On the women’s side, many of America’s elite riders are coming from collegiate racing – typically composed of female athletes from other sports with developed cardiovascular systems. This makes their time to elite development a somewhat shorter cycle and a better investment than women’s junior development, where typically girls grow up and decide for other pursuits.
The social aspect of collegiate racing coupled with its emphasis on team points and team events make it a fantastic training ground for teamwork and competitive consensus. Race-side at a dual-conference event is like a frat party for bike geeks. Whether collegiate racing leads to a bachelor’s degree in a cycling career or a better lifestyle, it makes a competitive curriculum for life-long fitness.
Prayer for Collegiate Cycling
“Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. 35Proverbs 24:14
We are thankful that another school of talent exists. We ask for blessing on collegiate cycling and a solid foundation for university riders.
Ponder What topics do I need to study to ace my exams as a rider? Affirm I can raise my GPA and earn a diploma in more cycling knowledge by studying the sport. Watch your collegiate conference events and cheer.
34Scott Coady is cyclist, pro-cycling fan, filmmaker and fundraiser. He made his first film – The Tour Baby! – to raise money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation in response to his best friend’s daughter being diagnosed with brain and spinal cancer and has raised over $250,000 for non profit causes. www.collegiatetourbaby.com and www.thetourbaby.com
35The Bible, New International Version, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society