By Chris Baddick
The CU Cycling team is going into the 2012 season with a new program, new coaching staff, and a renewed drive to win the National Collegiate cycling title.
The Stazio Criterium being held on March 11 is the student teams’ biggest fundraiser – unlike most local events, all profits raised from the entry fees at this race will go towards helping the team cover the cost of racing in the 2012 Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference. The support of the Boulder cycling community is needed to help put CU Cycling back on the top of the podium and reinstate its claim as the number 1 collegiate cycling program in the US.
Through the hard work of the student officers who run the non-profit team, permits and licenses have been acquired to bring back this legendary course to the Boulder cycling community. As the first race since the re-integration of the ACA with USA Cycling, the CU Cycling team is expecting a large turnout. With field limits set at 125 riders per category, registration at www.prerace.com is advised.
With the addition of FastCat coaching, the team has built a strong foundation going into the spring road season. The A team, a strong group of almost 20 riders, will be racing not only to win the Rocky Mountain conference, but also to gain a coveted spot on the Nationals team which will take on other colleges around the country in Ogden Utah this May.
Head coach Frank Overton subjected all the potentials to physiological testing at the beginning of the year, and believes that the new order and structure in the program will pay dividends not just this year, but for many years to come. The unique structure of collegiate cycling means that freshmen will have the chance to ride and race alongside more experienced students this year, and move up through the program during their 4 years at CU Boulder.
The CU Team will be on the roads around Colorado in their redesigned Black and Gold kits this spring. Come out and support us on March 11 and open your racing season in style!
- CU's return to success in 2011