Prescott College is USA Cycling Varsity Team
Collegiate Cycling Team
In our very first season racing in the USA Cycling Southwest Region, our team has won the Division 2 Southwest Regional Team Omnium Championships in both Mountain Biking and Cyclocross and defeated many Division 1 teams along the way!
Unlike most other colleges and universities, Prescott College supports its team by providing scholarships for racers, transportation to races, race entry fees, and a pro-level coach. We are building a nationally competitive program composed of scholar-athletes who enjoy both thrill and challenge of high level competition as well as the camaraderie of collaboration and the rewards of service to the environment and community.
Prescott College is located about a mile above sea level in the central highlands of Arizona. The town of Prescott is surrounded by national forests with hundreds of miles of great trails ranging from fast, flowing single track through the Ponderosa Pines to the technical slick rock of the Granite Dells. Each year we host Epic Ride’s infamous Whiskey Off-Road race and many other mountain bike and endurance events. The climate is ideal for cycling year round. We are just around the corner from the red rock trails of Sedona. When the snow falls occasionally in the mountains surrounding Prescott, the remarkable desert trail systems around Phoenix and Tucson are nearby.
Prescott College is small liberal arts college with a highly distinctive approach to experiential education. New students begin their educational journey with a month long Wilderness Orientation backpacking in small groups through the forests and mountain canyons of the Southwest. In the second year, each student works with their faculty advisor to customize an individualized program of study that meets both the student’s specific learning goals as well as those of the professional field they will enter. Along the way, our students may “study abroad” at any of the other colleges and universities in the Ecoleague (www.ecoleague.org) or the Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning (www.cielearn.org). In the senior year, each student completes a practical Capstone Project in which they demonstrate their competence in their fields of study and their readiness for professional work or graduate studies.
One example of how experiential learning is woven into all courses: Earth Sciences professor Kurt Refsnider co-teaches Geology through Bikepacking, a month-long course in which students study the spectacular formations along Arizona and Colorado trails. Yes, while bikepacking! Kurt is an internationally renowned ultra-endurance mountain bike racer sponsored by Salsa Cycles. Kurt co-teaches with Kaitlyn Boyle (also sponsored by Salsa). Kurt has won the Tour Divide, the Arizona Trail race from Mexico to Utah (with a portage through the Grand Canyon), and the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo endurance race. Kurt also holds Collegiate National Championships medals. Kurt also coaches the Varsity Cycling Team.
Prescott College competes regionally and nationally in the USA Cycling mountain biking in the fall, in cyclocross in the winter, and in road racing in the spring.Membership to the Varsity Cycling Team is open to all Prescott College students. Prescott College is a Division II affiliate of USA Cycling. Prescott College Bike Club operates under USA Cycling guidelines and rules. Membership to the Bike Club is open to staff and faculty members as well.
The College also operates HUB -- "Helping Understand Bicycles" -- for bike education, outreach, advocacy and community development. HUB works to normalize bicycles as transportation to promote a higher quality of life for community members by providing free education and workspace for bike building and repair. HUB provide volunteer, instruction, leadership, and work study opportunities for students at the College.
Cycling scholarships are available for freshman and transfer students who meet eligibility criteria! Riders from high schools in the Arizona High School Cycling League are especially encouraged to apply and may also be eligible for additional scholarships as graduates of Arizona high schools. Such awards are in addition to other need and merit-based scholarships. Submit an application for admission and a FAFSA to receive a financial aid package.
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