Location: Brevard, NC - in the Blue Ridge Mountains
Interesting Fact: U.S. News ranks Brevard among the top comprehensive colleges in the South, and among the best schools in the country in terms of students' first year experiences. Brevard College’s Cycling Team has won the past three Division II Collegiate Mountain Bike Championships and the area is absolutely loaded with top-notch singletrack.
Location: Durango, Colorado
Interesting Fact: Fort Lewis College has perhaps the strongest collegiate cycling program in the nation, bringing home national titles in Mountain Biking (1994-1996, 2000-2001, 2003-2004, 2006-2007); the Division II Road Championship (2000); and Cyclocross (2003-2005).
Cycling page: Ft. Lewis Cycling
Location: Bristol, TN
Interesting Fact: King College launched its varsity cycling program in the fall of 2009. The squad is currently recruiting riders and has scholarship money available for qualified cyclists.
"We will focus on road racing initially, though our conference is looking to initiate a cyclocross competition this year," says Coach Dan Kreiss. "If that goes ahead and we have interested riders we may pursue that as well."
King College is located in a part of the country where there is a concentration of schools with varsity cycling squads. Brevard, Mars Hill, Union, Milligan, Lees McRae, Lindsey Wilson, Pfeiffer and Warren Wilson are all within a couple of hours of King.
Location: Banner Elk, North Carolina
Interesting Fact: Lees-McRae Bobcats have captured three consecutive Division I national championships in cyclocross and are in the thick of competition for an overall national crown. VeloNews called cyclist Carla Swart (pictured) the best female American collegiate rider ever.
Location: Columbia, Kentucky
Mascot: Blue Raiders
Interesting Fact: Lindsey Wilson's cycling squad took third in 2008 in the Division I cyclocross championships, and the school is currently building its own BMX course. The program has been highly successful, with eight individual national championships and two national team titles. Among current riders is Weston Pope, a two-time BMX world champion.
Additionally, if you want to go for a college scholarship, Lindsey Wilson may be your best bet. The school is among the most well-funded programs in the nation, offering scholarships to over 40 cyclists in any given year.
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Interesting Fact: Marian has a particularly strong track cycling program, with a thick string of individual and team championships going back to 1992. Marian riders have captured 11 national collegiate track cycling championships in 14 years including the last three straight. Individuals who have competed for Marian College cycling have won 41 national championships in individual or team events since Marian College’s first national championship competition in 1992.
Marian College became Marian University on July 1, 2009.
Location: Mars Hill, North Carolina, outside Asheville.
Interesting Fact: Mars Hill's location in the Blue Ridge Mountains offers some excellent riding. Area climbs feature colorful names reflecting the interesting local character, including "The Wall” “Elevator Shaft” and the most challenging, "Little Tinker Bell,” which is not quite the happy experience as it sounds like. Mars Hill is a member of the South Atlantic Conference.