Stanford Cycling is the umbrella organization for the University's Road and Track Racing Team, Mountain Bike Racing Team, recreational rides, and cycling-oriented community service efforts. Our members come from all parts of Stanford: we are PhD candidates, lawyers, businesspeople, as well as undergraduates.
All levels and types of riders are welcome to join. Even if you don't want to race, benefits of club membership include group rides, Stanford Cycling clothing, coaching, and access to club events. The club facilitates rider development for all levels of cyclists.
Anyone who joins us on club rides must sign a Stanford Club Sports Waiver online before the ride.
Stanford Cycling has one of the best collegiate racing programs in the country, with top results in road, track, and mountain biking. The last decade alone has seen Stanford win three national championships, while producing three Olympian alumni and 18 All-Americans.
Racing takes place nearly year round, in three different seasons, road in the spring, track in the summer and mountain biking in the fall. Stanford races in the Western Collegiate Cycling Conference of the National Collegiate Cycling Association, the collegiate arm of USA Cycling.
Team success is based on a points system. For each race during the season, riders compete in categories (A-D for men, A-C for women). Results are weighted according to category and added up across races. Thus, riders of all ability levels can contribute to the overall success of the team.
Stanford Cycling actively involves itself in the surrounding community. The team collaborates with the city of Palo Alto, helping conduct basic bicycle safety training sessions at local elementary schools. Stanford Cyclists teach children how to safely move to their left when riding in a street, signal their turns, avoid obstacles in the road, and properly adjust and wear a helmet.
Stanford cyclists also work to keep the trails we ride open and free of user conflicts. The team promotes conscientious trail use through the example we set on our regular group rides and by teaching our new members the rules of the trail. An IMBA member, the team also promotes and encourages participation in trail maintenance opportunities in the area.
Stanford regularly hosts two race weekends, one for mountain bikes in the fall and one for road bikes in the Spring. These popular annual events attract collegiate racers from around the state, while the mountain bike race is also popular with local non-collegiate riders. Be sure to check back for the latest information about these events here and on the WCCC site.
Some of our riders are currently logging their training hours with the Plus3 Network, a program that ties donors to causes while simultaneously encouraging healthy lifestyles in the general public.
Also check out some of our favorite local mountain bike rides.