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Tell me where to go to college(10 posts)

Tell me where to go to collegexcmntgeek
Jan 23, 2004 9:25 PM
I ship off to college at the end of the summer. Right now I'm looking at the University of Utah and the University of North Carolina. Disragarding any academic qualities- which city (Salt Lake or Chapel Hill) would be better for riding and racing? I do it all: road, mtb, tt, cx, and I'd like to try track. Any suggestions?
re: Tell me where to go to collegeZone_5_Junkie
Jan 24, 2004 5:27 AM
neither...go to school in Asheville NC. You can ride all winter and have all the climbing that SLC would offer. Plus you wouldn't have to drive 5 hours for a race every weekend.
Neither is a cycling powerhouse for collegiate cyclingSwat Dawg
Jan 24, 2004 12:17 PM
I race in the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference ( that is comprised of school ranging from U of Vermont to us in the south, Swarthmore, UPENN, and Drexel. We have very strong conference wit former riders like Tyler Wren, and currently Kevin Bouchard-Hall. The conference is well represented at Nationals in all disciplines. UNC is in the ACCC which has typically been a weaker conference. There are a lot of club teams in NC, but you will probably be able to hook into a club team in Utah as well. If you want to race with other collegiate riders from your school, you should try finding out if the school has a cycling team, and how well supported the team is by the school. Around the country cycling is a club sport so on one hand students don't have the controls and constraints of Varsity rules, but also don't receive the same amount of monetary resources that are directed toward varsity sports. Because of that cycling can be very expensive for individual college students to fund. Traveling, entry fees, equipment, etc. If the school has a team you can get sponsorship and hopefully some money from the school to defer some of the costs to the individual. I would strongly suggest looking around on the school's website and calling the school to find out if they know of a student on the cycling team that you can talk to. Finally, I would not recommend choosing a school based primarily on the whether they have a cycling program, but on the content of their academic offerings. If the schools are otherwise equal make cycling a tiebreaker. I'm a senior at Swarthmore College, and I worked as an Admission fellow this past summer and fall and talked with a lot of students at your same point in the decision-making process. The last thing I advise is to not stress too much about school. Its an important decision, but your life will be bigger and better then your four or fives years in undergrad. College will give you new direction, but if college is the best years of your life by the time your 60 then you haven't done much with you life after college. Do some research, pick a school, enjoy your years of facilitated freedom, and go from there. Hope that helps, just some advice from an old senior.

Swat Dawg
Get Your Priorities StraightIndurain 03
Jan 24, 2004 2:24 PM
I understand the need for a surrounding which is well-suited to cycling, but academics should be your top priority.
Sounds good, maybe I should have clarified (or learn to spell)xcmntgeek
Jan 24, 2004 2:32 PM
Thaks for the comments. Both UNC and the U of U have good sports medicine programs, and I don't think I could go wrong with either one. Besides, from what I hear it's more important what you do post-grad rather than the first 4 years.

I talked to both colleges and both have cycling clubs/teams. UNC's sounds a little better and the shops were pretty cool. I was just wondering about the overall quality of the roads, whether or not there was good training routes, ect. Coming from mid Missouri, I'm used to bad roads and drivers- but I'd like to get away from them if possible.
SLC is a VERY large urban areaKerry Irons
Jan 24, 2004 6:34 PM
There is an active cycling community in Salt Lake City, and the rides up the canyons can be great (long climb, long descent) but the area is quite urban, and subject to some rather nasty smog conditions. My personal choice would be somewhere farther north than UNC to avoid heat/humidity, but between the two, I'd go for UNC.
Sounds good, maybe I should have clarified (or learn to spell)djg
Jan 27, 2004 1:52 PM
You are on your way to college (undergraduate?) and you are already comparing sports medicine programs? First things first: your undergraduate education. Of the two you mention, I'd pick UNC Chapel Hill without hesitation. And yes, you can ride and train around there.
Sounds good, maybe I should have clarified (or learn to spell)Woof the dog
Jan 29, 2004 10:14 PM
Its funny how they all think they know what they are gonna major in but then either totally turn it around or join a frat and drink their way out of college.


Nah, the one thing living in MO has taught me...xcmntgeek
Jan 30, 2004 4:14 PM
is to balance my binge drinking fests with my school crap (and hs is mostly pointless crap). Ride, field party, sleep, school, ride, ect,ect, ect.
It doesn't matter...JPRider
Jan 28, 2004 8:17 AM far as cycling is concerned. I mean, if you want something bad enough, you could live in an area that is difficult for cycling and still be a great rider. Like Swat above, I raced in the ECCC (graduated in 02) in the Northeast, which has some of the worst weather in the country and we (Northeastern, Vermont, Harvard, New Hampshire, etc.) all had pretty good riders and great races. Heck - Adam Craig went to UMaine! You think the roads there are good? In case you don't know, they're terrible. Kevin Bouchard-Hall lives and trains in upstate Vermont, where they have 9 months of winter and 3 months of bad skiing.

I guess what I'm saying is: if you want to train hard and have good success, it won't matter where you go, just as long as you give it the "old college try".