The George Mason University Cycling Club (GMU Cycling or Mason Cycling) is an officially recognized athletics club as of November 2013, and is the official GMU Club Sport authorized to represent George Mason University in USA Cycling collegiate cycling races and events. The GMU Cycling Club is a Co-Ed social and team club and is dedicated in recruiting the best student athlete cyclists, educating them in all aspects of collegiate cycling, and leading them to be the premier collegiate cycling club in the nation.
Goals & Objectives
The GMU Cycling Club was founded to promote and support mountain bike and endurance cycling athletics at George Mason University. We take on the responsibility of coaching our members in proven USA Cycling methodologies that include sportsmanship, athletic conditioning, competitive cycling skills, team building, individual athleticism, and collegiate competition. Additionally, we provide a management organization and sustainable support system that utilizes proven methodologies in sport management and team competition leadership.
The GMU Cycling Club is an all-inclusive competitive organization that encourages all participants regardless of skill, age, sex, or race. We only ask that you come to us with the desire to participate, and determination to do your best, and the willingness to work together as a team. Additionally, we are in the process of planning our first ever USA Cycling Division One Road Bike race. This event will take place at NC State University on February 15-16, 2014.
The GMU Cycling Club requires you to have the following to be a member of the competition team:
- Be a full-time student (e.g. 9-Credits or above) in good standing with George Mason University during the time of competition.
- Have completed the Club Sports Pre-Participation Packet forms to include a recent sport physical either on file with the George Mason University Athletics Department or completed at least 60-days before competition.
- Have a bicycle that is acceptable for both collegiate level competition and the season (mountain, road, cyclocross).
The GMU Cycling Club is a competitive USA Cycling Division One Collegiate Cycling Team, organized to provide the following:
- Establishing and standardizing the rules and guidelines for forming and selecting members to the George Mason Cycling Club to include both athletic, management, and coaching staff in accordance to existing George Mason University and USA Cycling rules and regulations.
- Acting as the governing body over the discipline of collegiate competitive cycling at George Mason University while maintaining constructive relations with the Atlantic Collegiate Cycling Conference (hereinafter referred to as ACCC) and USAC.
- Establishing and standardizing the rules and guidelines governing collegiate cycling athletics and the classification of student athlete competitors at George Mason University.
- Maintaining the managerial and financial capability to plan and execute this obligation, and to render services, assistance, and other support for the development and extension of GMU Cycling to include travel, equipment, uniforms, licensing, and entry fees.
- Providing the governance, leadership, and authoritative structure for follow-on teams interested in competing in road, cyclo-cross, and other cycling centric collegiate sports.
The GMU Cycling Club has a mission dedicated to educating George Mason University student athletes and sport managers all aspects of collegiate and national cycling to include:
- Coaching club members in collegiate cycling skills utilizing training activities, practice rides, skill camps, and demonstrations.
- Hosting demonstrations, clinics, model events, social events, and other educational activities to support the knowledge and skills of cyclist competitors and enthusiasts.
- Producing online educational materials to include videos, podcasts, websites, blogs, emails, and e-newsletters focused on gaining knowledge in the art and science of the cycling industry.
- Leading club members in the understanding of the rules and regulations surrounding collegiate, regional, national, and international cycling races, exhibitions, model events, and activities to include World and Olympic competition requirements .
- Producing future conference and/or regional cycling events to benefit GMU Cycling Club sport management majors/minors and GMU Cycling Club student athletes with the opportunity to host and participate in an official USAC collegiate cycling race.
The GMU Cycling Club will promote George Mason University collegiate-level cycling by behaving in the following manner:
- Representing George Mason University Athletics at collegiate cycling competitions by behaving in a manner representative of George Mason University athlete to include an exceptional level of athleticism, personal conduct, and sportsmanship.
- Representing George Mason University Athletics at collegiate cycling competitions by wearing approved athletics uniforms (while competing), wearing approved sideline uniforms (prior to and after competing), and wearing approved management uniforms (for all coaching and support staff).
- Designing and producing competitions for inclusion in the ACCC collegiate competition season schedule as supported by George Mason University Athletics and USA Cycling.
- Producing a solid collegiate cycling program that will be capable of supporting and hosting a future conference or national level cycling championship that will directly benefit the Club, University, and Northern Virginia region.