Frequently Answered Questions about Stanford Cycling

Twenty(-one) Questions, with Answers

  1. How do I join the club?
  2. What are club dues?
  3. Do you have to be a student to be in the club?
  4. What do I need to do if I want to race?
  5. What are my expenses during a race weekend, and what does the team cover?
  6. Can you be in the club and not race?
  7. Is there a minimum number of races we are required to participate in?
  8. Can I get a jersey if I'm not in the club, and if I'm in the club, can I buy a jersey for someone else?
  9. When does the team ride? Can anyone come to a team ride?
  10. Where can I find people to go riding with, but just for fun?
  11. I like mountain biking, but I don't train daily, could I still race?
  12. Are there required practices? When and how often?
  13. Do I have to shave my legs?
  14. Is there a coach?
  15. Coaches, captains ... who does what?
  16. Can I get free stuff from the sponsors of Stanford Cycling?
  17. How can I get a free/low-cost bike through the team?
  18. How can I store my good bike in my room?
  19. Is it worth it for me to bring out my good bike?
  20. What if I still have more questions?
  21. What if someone falls on a ride?


1. How do I join the club?

Please see the Join Us page. Even if you're still exploring, please join our team's public email lists.

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2. What are club dues?

Dues are $195 per year (with a free jersey) or $70 per quarter. For non-student members, including alumni, dues are $110 per year. With racing, clothing purchases, and/or sponsor orders, you'll make back your dues quickly.

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3. Do you have to be a student to be in the club?

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. Join us!

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4. What do I need to do if I want to race?

Check the How to Join page for details on joining the team. Once you're a member, you'll have the opportunity to race for Stanford. Contact a captain or recruitment officer if you have questions.

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5. What are my expenses during a race weekend, and what does the team cover?

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. Find the reimbursement form here.

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6. Can you be in the club and not race?

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.

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7. Is there a minimum number of races we are required to participate in?

No. Although once you start, the question will be "how many races can I participate in?". Watch out—it's addictive.

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8. Can I get a jersey if I'm not in the club, and if I'm in the club, can I buy a jersey for someone else?

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 Director about availability, pricing, and payment.

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9. When does the team ride? Can anyone come to a team ride?

Check the public Google group or our calendar for the latest riding opportunities. People post off-road rides to the MTB 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.

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10. Where can I find people to go riding with, but just for fun?

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!

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11. I like mountain biking, but I don't train daily, could I still race?

The race categories represent a variety of skill levels and commitments to training, so there is some flexibility here. Collegiate MTB racing tends to be very welcoming of occasional riders. 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.

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12. Are there required practices? When and how often?

For racers, the team tries to organize ride groups 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.

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13. Do I have to shave my legs?

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).

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14. Is there a coach?

Yes! Stanford Cycling has a tradition of great coaching.

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15. Coaches, captains ... who does what?

We are a student-run organization. The coaches serve aid in training and race preparation. The officers 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!

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16. Can I get free stuff from the sponsors of Stanford Cycling?

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, contact the sponsorship director.

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17. How can I get a free/low-cost bike through the team?

You can ask on the Google group 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. Dues-paying members get good deals on Specialized bicycles through their sponsorship of our team; contact the sponsorship director for information.

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 equipment manager if you're interested.

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18. How can I store my good bike in my room?

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!

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19. Is it worth it for me to bring out my good bike?

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!

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20. What if I still have more questions?

If you have any questions, please email one of the officers, or browse our new riders' manual. Also be sure to check the rest of this site!

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21. What if someone falls on a ride?

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.

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