Collegiate Racing at Purdue
Purdue University is a part of the Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference (MWCCC), a division of USA Cycling. There's no pressure to race at all, but racing provides a fantastic opportunity to test your fitness, develop racing skills, push yourself to the limit, and overall have an exciting time on the bike. Because the races are all over the Midwest, you'll get to travel quite a bit too. We were the highest ranked non-varsity team in 2012 road season, and have been getting consistent results since.
How do I start racing?
- First, you'll need to purchase a license through USA Cycling. Go to the USA Cycling website and select Purdue University as your club.
- Next, buy the current team jersey in order to race as part of the club.
- If you're new to collegiate racing, you'll start out as category D, and as you rack up points from race results, you can upgrade categories. At the highest level, category A riders with enough points are invited to the USA Cycling Collegiate Nationals.
- Ride with the club and attend the weekly meetings to train & get all the info and advice you need!
Seasons by Discipline
- Road: Spring semester (Feb - May)
- Cyclocross: Fall semester (Nationals is in early Jan.)
- MTB: September - October
- Track: Late summer
Collegiate racing offers a great way to try racing if you are interested with racing categories for all levels of experience. The collegiate road season usually begins in early march and continues until Collegiate Road Nationals in May. We have a great central location in the Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference allowing us to travel to races from Wisconsin and Michigan to Missouri and Kentucky. Many club members also race on the road throughout the summer in non-collegiate races.
Race weekends typically consist of a Team Time Trial, a Road race and a Criterium Race. Collegiate racing is very affordable at usually only $15 per race compared with summer racing (~$30-$45 per race)
Collegiate Road Racing Calendar Spring 2017
- March 11-12 Louisville
March 18 University of Miami-Ohio (Proposed 1 day weekend)
March 25-26 Case Western
April 1 -2 Purdue (Saturday RR/TTT) / Notre Dame (Crit)
April 8-9 Michigan State (Saturday RR/ITT) /University of Michigan (Sunday Crit)
April 15-16 Easter Weekend (No MWCCC Races)
April 22-23 University of Wisconsin (Conference Championships)
April 27-30 Grand Junction Colorado (Collegiate Road Nationals)
Purdue's central location gives our club great access to several great CX series. The Ohio Valley Cyclocross (OVCX) and Chicago Cross Cup (CCC) series provide high quality races and great competition. They tend to be a bit further but have several races within an hour and a half drive of campus.
If you are just getting started racing, or are looking for a more laid back cross scene or just don’t want to travel as far, the Indy Cross series is a great opportunity. All of the races are in the Indianapolis area and have a very fun and less intense atmosphere perfect for the new racer.
Collegiate-only cyclocross unfortunately does not have a large scene in the midwest and the races vary from year to year. Most of our cyclocross riders are primarily active in these non-collegiate races. See the MWCCC website for details on this season's races.
Mountain Bike Racing
Purdue Cycling Club is part of the Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference which holds several intercollegiate Mountain bike races between early september and mid october. Purdue has a great central location allowing relatively easy access to these races.
The DINO (Do INdiana Offroad) series often extends from the summer into the school year. These are very well organized races and several Purdue Cycling Club members race in this series.