Club Officers 2013-2014
|President: Drew Polasky|
|Vice-President: Emily Balczewski|
Winter 2014 Practice Schedule
To be announced...
About the Cycling Club
The Carleton Cycling Club is an organization designed to promote bicycle road racing at the College. We field a competitive racing team, but also welcome cyclists of all abilities and experience. We actively participate in races throughout the Upper Midwest that are sponsored by local teams. We encourage members of the club to apply for a United States Cycling Federation (USCF) license so as to be able to participate in many local races.
Although past years have seen the team compete on the collegiate level as well as in USCF events, the team has more recently concentrated racing activities to Minnesota and Wisconsin USCF events.
Our season begins during the last third of winter term, when we train indoors at Laird Stadium on rollers and resistance trainers. The racing season begins the last week of the term, and continues through a spring term. The team will compete at races almost every weekend throughout spring term; several involve a longer road trip, but most races are within an hour's drive of Carleton.
Practices during winter term take place four times a week; with the onset of clear roads and warmer temperatures, the team begins training outside. During spring term, the team practices every weekday, with racing on the weekends. During the week, practices range in intensity from easy days of relaxed riding to one long ride of four hours.
History of the Club
The Carleton Cycling Team was the first co-ed intercollegiate competitive team at Carleton.
Carleton College cycling has existed in more or less formal incarnations since the early 1980s, and has a proud tradition; the team won the NCC and qualified for nationals in 1991. That season, then freshman Josh Meltzer won the conference road race, and a woman on the team finished 19th in the criterium at nationals, beating current mountain bike superstar Juli Furtado in the process.
CCC was founded as a club dedicated to all facets of cycling - touring, road riding, mountain biking, etc. We organized the "Ironperson Triathlon" in the spring (although we were not the founders of that event) and the "Halloween Biathlon" in the fall (which we did invent.) We ran regular "Bike Repair Day" clinics in front of Sayles. These clinics allowed anyone to bring their bike in to be looked over and, if necessary, repaired for the cost of parts. We led tours around the nearby state park when the fall colors were out. And, of course, we supported the road racing team.
The founders of CCC were Mike Record, Chris Payne, Chris Zegal, Tom Bell, Neal Baker, Jonah Murdock, and Matt Stone. (I hope I haven't left anyone out.) Most of the founders had met in training for the Triathlon. Chris Zegal was the first president of the club. Chris Payne became the director of the North Central Collegiate Cycling Conference, the regional body of the National Collegiate Cycling Association. NCCA sanctioned all of our races and sponsored the national championships.
Carleton attended the national collegiate cycling championships as the NCCCC representative in 1990 and 1991. (In 1990, St. Johns also represented NCCCC.) Kim Griffith was the student who took 19th in the 1990 championship criterium (held at Stanford U.), beating Juli Furtado (as mentioned on the Web page.) Also on the 1990 nationals team were Mike Record, Neal Baker, Chris Zegal, Kevin Sebert... and another man and another woman, both of whom escape me right now. In 1991, the nationals were held at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA. Members of that team included Chris Zegal, Chris Payne, Tom Bell, Kevin Sebert, Krista Van Vorst... and again, two people who I don't recall.
Our primary opponents in the NCCCC were St. Johns and Gustavus. Both hosted at least one race each year. There was also a race down at Iowa State every year. In fact, it was the ISU race that was the first the team ever entered, in 1989.
St. Johns hosted the conference championship (individual time trial, road race, and criterium) in 1990; Carleton hosted in 1991 (with a team time trial replacing the individual.) Carleton hosted at least two other conference events from 1989-1991.
Apple Computers was the major sponsor of the cycling team, giving about $5,000 in 1990. Domino's Pizza in Northfield also helped with race sponsorship, as did a local hair stylist whose name escapes me.
The CSA was quite generous to the club over the three years I was involved, providing us with money for race trips (including the cross-country flights to Palo Alto and Cheney), tools and miscellaneous parts, and some racing gear (including 5 disk wheels.) Much of their generousity was due to the popularity of the club - we regularly had a membership of over 100 students, which was HUGE for that time. As a recall, the next nearest club sport had something around 20 students participating. The other factor was our "community service" with the bike repair days. Both of those elements made the CSA feel that investment in our club was worthwhile.
Some other race team members: Mark Cranston, Kevin Noel, Scott Griffith, Kea Umstaad, Susan Ford, Steve Alsdorf, Jon McBride... and probably 15 others that I'm not remembering.
More recently, 1996 graduate Peter Everett had a successful season with the Saturn/Penn Cycles sponsered Flat City Cycling Club in Minnesota finishing in the top 10 in three races this past summer.
- The president of St. Olaf Cycling and Sean Noonan worked together to organize a road race on Saturday 4/14. It went off extremely well with a total of 80+ riders participating from all over the midwest.
- In racing, John McMurry finished 27th out of 31 in the B race. Sean Noonan, Blake Hansen and Nate Ryan finished 7th out of 15 in the Team Time Trial. Finally, Sean Noonan finished 7th out of 25 in the A race.
- Univ of Minnesota held the Gopher Criterium on Sunday, April 15. I was the only one that raced. I was very active in trying to get a breakaway (small group of riders) away from the rest of the field. I missed the breakaway that got away, and was not prepared for the final sprint. Finished mid-pack.
Other Club Sports
- AikidoApplies principles of the fighting arts toward the goals of peace, harmony, and self-improvement.
- Alpine Ski ClubProvides the Carleton community with an opportunity to explore the joys of alpine skiing, both as a sport and as a recreation.
- BadmintonGives members of the Carleton Community an opportunity to play Badminton on a regular basis.
- Competitive DanceWe practice a wide variety of Ballroom and Latin dances at the competitive level. Think Dancing with the Stars, Carleton style.
- CUT (Carleton Ultimate Team)One of the nation's dominant teams in men's college ultimate.
- CyclingPromotes bicycle road racing at the College.
- EclipseProvides a fun and encouraging environment for women to develop ultimate frisbee skills and compete at an intercollegiate level.
- EquestrianCompetes in horse shows and provides lessons in horsemanship.
- GOP (Gods of Plastic)A competitive Carleton men's ultimate team.
- KarateOffers instruction in traditional Okinawan Karate
- Men's Ice HockeyMen's Ice Hockey provides Carleton students of all skill levels an opportunity to play competitive club hockey in the Midwest.
- Men's LacrosseThe Carleton Men's Lacrosse team is a competitive intercollegiate program in the Upper Midwest Lacrosse League, a group featuring a number of MIAC schools.
- Men's RugbyCore Principles: 1. Playing rugby 2. Singing songs 3. Finding joy in back pain
- Men's VolleyballOffers intercollegiate competition and instruction
- Nordic SkiingA team of people who enjoy cross country skiing and racing at a competitive level.
- SailingSails and races small sailboats locally and in intercollegiate regattas
- Synchronized SwimmingThe Club Sport program welcomes the arrival of the Synchronized Swimming team.
- SyzygySyzygy is Carleton's women's ultimate team.
- Table TennisA forum for skilled veterans and eager beginners alike to learn, teach, share and enjoy the extraordinary game that is Table Tennis.
- Tae Kwon DoEngages in practice and competition of this ancient Korean martial art.
- TennisCarleton's competitive tennis team
- Water PoloProvides water polo instruction, practice, and local competition.
- Women's Hockey (WHAC)Provides the opportunity to participate competitively in the great game of hockey.
- Women's LacrosseTeaches the basics and provides intercollegiate competition for players of all experience levels.
- Women's RugbyAnyone interested in trying a new sport is encouraged to come out and play with us. We promise that playing rugby will be one of the best decisions of your Carleton career.