Club Frequently Asked Questions
| To join the club you have to pay dues to the
club, sign a code of conduct, and partake in activities to help the club…Help
at fund raisers, seek sponsorship, prepare documents for the club, etc.
|As of right now club dues have not been set
for the year. We are trying to figure out the right cost to benefit ratio
|We take part in collegiate Road, Mountain, Cyclocross,
and Track racing.
|The bike you need is specific to the type of
racing you want to do. You may use a cross bike for road racing, and you
could use a mountain bike for Cross racing.
|The club expects everyone help the club run.
Weather it be working as an officer, leading subcommittees to accomplish
tasks set by the officers, or working in one of the subcommittees. The
more you put in, the more your going to get from the club.
| The club has uniforms. To race at any collegiate
events, you must ware a team jersey, and either team or plain shorts/bibs.
We currently have some jerseys from last year. This years jerseys will
look the same as last years with the only change being updated sponsors
so last years kits will be ok to race this year too.
****If we get a “title
sponsor” this year, we will change the jersey design to suit them. If this
happens, it will be at minimal cost to each member.
| We are working on setting club training rides.
We want to meet with the members new to cycling to find the best times
to meet and go on beginner rides with our most experienced riders. Otherwise
members call or email the whole club to let everyone know they are doing
a ride and looking for friends to go with.
|That depends on how much time you have, and
what your goals are. You can use this break down to see where you should
| This will depend on the level of fund raising
we do this year. Each member will be required to pay some amount per race.
Other costs are uniforms, team clothing (t-shirts, hats, etc.) Etc.
|The conference we race in is the Mid West Collegiate
Cycling Conference (www.MWCCC.org)
The conference is open to any college or
university in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky,
and Ohio. We race in all of these states through out the year. Nationals
for each discipline are held around the country.
|In years past we took student cars, rented vans,
or some combo of both. This fall we will have to take personal vehicles.
Unless, we raise more money. Fuel may be covered by the club through sponsorships.
This all depends on how many people are going to each event, and how many
cars are needed.
|At races, we usually stay in motels. At some
races we will stay in host housing in a spare room or on someone’s floor,
or nearby family or friends.
| The cycling Club at UWM is sponsored by Wheel
and Sprocket. The North Shore store in Fox Point (just north of UWM) is
our “home shop” After you become a member, you will receive the club discount
on all of your purchases there. The discount is however good at any Wheel
and Sprocket store. Wheel and Sprocket has also given the club gas money
for the road season as well as an open contract for the next few years,
meaning they are behind the club for years to come. Please show them you
appreciate their generous support by giving them your business, and speaking
highly of them as well as all club sponsors.
| In the winter you can cross train by lifting,
running, cross country skiing, swimming, or indoor cycling. Many members
spend lots of time riding their own bikes indoors on trainers or rollers
in front of a TV watching movies etc. Winter break also allows you to head
south for a few weeks to train in the warmth, and hilly terrain.
| The club meets every week. Subcommittees meet
as often as needed to get their assigned tasks completed.
| No, there is no team coach. Some of our advanced
riders have their own coaches. Most any one of these riders will be able
to set you up with a solid training plan to get started. The most important
thing for a new rider is to put the time in on the bike. There are no required
“practices” for club members. We will be hosting one or two Learn to Race
clinics in the fall to teach some fundamentals of bike racing.
| The club receives some money from the school
but is not enough to run the club free of charge to its members. The club
is a Registered Student Organization (RSO) and is not affiliated with the
athletic department. This is why our uniforms are not allowed to have the
panther or the acronym UWM on it. Most of our money comes in the form of
sponsorships from generous community members, and from fund raisers held
by the club.
| Please pass this info on to an officer, they
will work with you to help you with this lead.
| YES, as long as you can ride a bike, there
is a class for you to race in.
| Before your fist race, you will receive a packing
list of suggested items to bring to a race.