Easily! First, sign up for our Newsgroup and the appropriate mailing lists (main newsgroup, MTB list, or women's list if applicable). Then start coming to the rides announced to those lists. Soon thereafter, or before if you prefer, come to one of our meetings announced on those same lists. There you will have an opportunity to pay dues and buy clothing. If you don't want to wait for a ride or a meeting, email one of the officers. All Stanford community members are eligible to join the Stanford Cycling Club, but only full-time registered students can race in the Western Collegiate Cycling Conference.
For students, $70 per quarter or $165 per year. For non-student members, including alumni, dues are $100 per year. With racing, clothing purchases, and/or sponsor orders, you'll make back your dues quickly.
You do not need to be a student to be a member of the club, you just need to be a member of the Stanford community: alumni, staff, and faculty are welcome. You do need to be a full-time registered student to race collegiate races. If you are not a student but are interested in racing, you can still race for Stanford in non-collegiate races, such as those sponsored by NORBA or UCSF.
Check the race schedule on the WCCC site for changes/updates early in each race week. A club officer will send out an email to the e-mail lists and post to the newsgroup asking for race commitments and carpool information. Just send this person an e-mail saying you are planning to race that weekend. Then attend whatever pre-race meeting is called, usually late in the week, to nail down logistics. Be sure to sign a club waiver, buy a USAC Collegiate license, pay your dues and buy a jersey before your first race with the team. If you are in doubt about whether you are ready, confer with one of the coaches or an experienced club racer who has been on a ride with you. Please note that only full-time registered students are allowed to race in collegiate competition.
The team will reimburse gas expenses, as long as you do not drive alone, and pay for a hotel room when necessary. Collegiate race entry fees are also covered by the team. You pay for little more than your own food. Also, you may be eligible for reimbursement of some fees and expenses for non-collegiate/summer racing, if you race in a Stanford jersey. Download the reimbursement form here.
Definitely. A lot of people join the club and pay dues to enjoy the sponsorship benefits and discounts, meet new people, and join a group of good riders. It's a good way to find new places to ride and make friends.
No. Although once you start, the question will be "how many races can I participate in." Watch out-it's addictive.
You must be a member to purchase a jersey at the team price and you may buy jerseys to give as gifts, depending on the supply. Sometimes we have excess supply and those can be purchased by the general public at regular price. Contact the Clothing officer about availability, pricing, and payment. In general, jerseys may be purchased at our sponsor shop, Menlo Velo Bicycles.
Check the newsgroup for the latest road riding opportunities. People post off-road rides to the mountain bike webpage and email list as well. The club has rides for all levels of riders. Anyone with a health insurance policy of their own can participate in a team ride once they sign a waiver. You may want to email the ride leader or captains to make sure the ride is compatible with your riding level.
Off-season club rides tend to be pretty accomodating for a variety of fitness levels. There will be easy or recovery mtb and road rides all year (typically Mon/Fri for the road) that anyone can come on without fear of lactic acid. But, the really fun rides are the ones that are a bit more challenging, so start riding now and come see the sights with us!
The race categories represent a variety of skill levels and commitments to training, so there is some flexibility here. And your body needs some rest each week to recover (not to mention your studies and social life). That said, training yields big dividends in terms of performance for and enjoyment of racing.
For racers, the team tries to organize ride teams that ride twice a week or more for a few hours. It's expected, but not really enforced, that people earning the better sponsorship deals will make a significant commitment to training, particularly during the race season. For non racers, there are no riding requirements.
No. But some roadies claim it makes you super-sexy. And, should you fall and get any scrapes, clean smooth skin is easier to clean out and less prone to infection (and less painful peel bandages off).
Yes! Stanford Cycling has a tradition of great coaching.
We are a student-run organization. The coaches serve as volunteers to aid in training and race preparation. The two captains together lead the club administratively but in terms of racing and riding, the road captain leads the road team and the MTB leads the MTB team. The other officer positions should be self-explanatory. Want to help us out? We can always use more!
You can get great discounts on many products from our sponsors. To be eligible for these discounts, you must have paid dues, performed or committed to perform three club jobs including two race-day jobs, and (for most sponsor deals) be an active racer. Racers are provided with free CLIF products at most events. All members, racers and non-racers alike, are eligible for our discounts on team clothing, and on parts and service at Menlo Velo. For full details, read our full sponsorship policy.
You can ask on the newsgroup to see if anyone has an old bike that they would either sell or loan. Craigslist has a pretty active cycling classifieds for the SF Bay Area. Menlo Velo also has a classifieds section. The racing teams get good deals on Specialized bicycles through their sponsorship of our team, but this is limited to riders who are doing collegiate racing. See our full sponsorship policy for more details.
The team also has a number of team loaner bikes which can be rented for a nominal fee each quarter or academic year. Contact the cage manager if you're interested.
The answer to this varies by living situation and size of room, but rest assured, many of our members have confronted this issue with some very creative solutions. Anyone who has lived in your dorm complex may be able to fill you in , but three quick ideas are: 1. Loft furniture 2. Use closet space creatively 3. If all else fails, buy sturdy hooks, find studs in the wall, and buy some spackle for later!
Absolutely. The trails and road rides around here are amazing for new people. New members who delayed in sending out their bikes have often regretted missing out on some great rides!
Always seek trained medical attention if necessary. Here are some resources to aid your decision-making. The team encourages you to become certified in Wilderness First Aid or similar skills.