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How to get a Cycling scholarship

Cycling is not an official NCAA or NAIA sport, so there are currently no institutional limits on cycling scholarships. The governing body for intercollegiate cycling is USA Cycling. Some teams USA Cycling recognizes as varsity teams are classified by the schools themselves as club and not varsity teams. As cycling is still growing at the colligate level, at this stage not every univeristy offers scholarships, so to be awarded a scholarship you need to ideally be competing at the highest level within your country or state. However, more and more universities are adding cycling teams, so the total numbers of teams will continue ro rise. There currently are 300 cycling teams that are considered varsity cycling team. Compared to 2015 there were only 15 teams.

Important facts about cycling scholarships

  • Number of NCAA cycling teams: 200+
  • Number of NAIA cycling teams: 50+
  • Most famous college cycling teams: Fort Lewis College, Colorado Mesa, Lindenwood, Brevard, Lindsey Wilson, SCAD

The vast majority of these university teams are student run and funded; a few are professionally guided varsity programs.

Clubs teams are split into two divisions. Division I is for schools with 15,000 or more students; Division II is for schools with fewer than 15,000. A number of varsity programs are small enough to race Division II, but have successfully petitioned to race in the more prestigious Division I.

During the regular conference races, DI and DII race together but are awarded omnium points separately. At national championships, the two divisions race independently.

There are four separate disciplines within collegiate racing: road, mountain, track, and cyclocross. Each has a national championship at which points for the national team rankings are acquired.

Since collegiate cycling is a club sport, governed only by USA Cycling, there are fewer restrictions than in many other collegiate sports. Essentially, any full-time college student can race. There are no limits on professionals, no red shirts and no cap on the maximum numbers of years a student can race. Graduate students are welcomed with open arms.

Cycling scholarships FAQ's

Are there scholarships available in cycling?

Yes and no! Since collegiate cycling is not run by the NCAA or NAIA, there are no institutional scholarship limits set by the respective governing bodies. However, because the sport is still relatively small at the collegiate level compared to the main sports such as basketball and football, athletic scholarships are still difficult to be found. A great option therefore is to use your grades and test scores in order to qualify for an academic scholarship to cover some of your tuition cost.

Does Stanford have a cycling team?

Yes it does. Team members ride together near Stanford, California and beyond. In order to qualify for Stanford University cycling team you will need to qualify academically to the university. You will also need to be a good at cycling. In order to find out if you qualify to Stanfords University cycling program you can contact our team at ASM Scholarships.  

Am I eligible?

Having a high enough GPA or SAT/ACT score is the passport to obtaining a cycling scholarship. Achievements in cycling will count for nothing if you do not have the right academic grades. ASM Scholarships team has the ability and the experience to steer you through the qualification process. It is an integral element of our approach to carefully evaluate and fulfill your personal potential by tailoring a college program to improve your grades if necessary.

Are there college scholarships in mountain biking?

Over 95 percent of the students receive financial aid, and scholarships are available for mountain bikers, which is one of the hallmarks of the Varsity Division I schools, a status that Lees-McRae has held for years

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