Racing

Racing

Bike racing is fun, challenging, and rewarding. Once you start, you’re hooked.

We have an “as much or as little” policy, meaning we don’t require anything of you. There are no required practices, races, or group rides. If you do want to get faster, however, we are here to give advice on training to get stronger. We will also run training rides and workouts throughout the year.

Races

Racing begins in the very beginning of March and goes until the last week in April, with Nationals occurring a few weeks later for qualified racers. Races are hosted by schools throughout the Midwest (Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Missouri, etc.) and usually consist of two main events: a road race on Saturday and a criterium on Sunday. Road races are longer than crits and usually have a long loop (5-20 miles), whereas crits only last an hour and have a small loop (< 1 mile).

Since the first race often begin early on Saturday morning, we leave Northwestern on Friday and spend the night in hotel rooms. A weekend of racing is a great bonding experience and we love to share our best stories from the events over dinner.

We’re very relaxed about racing and just try to have fun out there. We work together as a team and always put the team before ourselves.