About the Team

The UBC Thunderbirds Cycling Sport Club is a competitive road cycling team which competes in the Northwest Collegiate Cycling Conference (NWCCC) in the United States of America. Our goals include developing riders throughout the season as well as aiming to win the Conference Championships. The collegiate season extends from the middle of March until the start of May, although team members also compete in other non-collegiate races throughout the year.

The UBC Thunderbirds Cycling Sport Club provides an opportunity for members to compete in both high-level sport and also provide a pathway for people to get into cycling. Our focus is the development of all riders as we train together and push one another to the next level.

Eligibility Requirements:

No past racing experience is required. We are looking for hard working riders with good attitudes. Please ensure that you have the right equipment (road bike with skinny tires and working gears). Members are required to attend the following:

  • Weekly Saturday rides
    • 10:00am at West Point Cycles at 10th and Highbury
  • Additional weekly training sessions
  • Compete in a minimum of two races (weekends, March-May)

Members will need a valid passport and UCI Race License in order to compete in the USA (click here for more information about UCI licenses). Note: Do not purchase a new race license until after January 1st for racing in 2018.

Try Outs: 

Although we look for cycling ability, we largely focus on prospective development and contribution to the positive team environment. We are scoping for demonstrated ability to reach minimum competition-ready level via training with the team on developing either athletic ability or pack cycling experience by the end of the current season.

Individuals interested in racing with our team will be asked to attend a Saturday ride leaving from West Point Cycles (10th and Highbury) at 10:00am. Here you can discuss your plans to race further with a club executive. Feel free to contact an Executive at cycling.sc@ubc.ca or send us a Facebook message in advance if you have any questions about being on the team.


Our 2016-2017 season roster is available under the “Cycling – Roster” tab. We are in the process of verifying and publishing our preliminary roster for the 2017-18 season.

It’s not too late to join! We accept new riders throughout the year.

Team Fees:

The team fee for 2017-18 will be made in two installments. The first installment is $67 and this pays for insurance,  TSC t-shirt (for BirdCoop priority), and some other administration fees. The second installment will be $180 and pays for your race fees and travel costs for your first two race weekends, as we expect team members to compete at two weekends. After these first two weekends we will pay in individually and pool costs for those interested.

Any sponsorship and donation revenue goes into subsidizing team race and travel fees. In addition, some coaching will be provided by the club and not by team fees.

Practice Schedule:

September to April

  • Weekly Saturday morning practice
    • 10:00 am at West Point Cycles at 10th and Highbury
    • Ranges from 2 to 5 hours; dependent on individual training plans for that week.
  • Additional training sessions during the week

May to August

  • Weekly Saturday morning rides; varies based on availability during the summer
    • Ranges from 2 to 5 hours dependent on individual training plan for that week.

Competition Schedule:

There are generally six race weekends in our competition season that take place from the middle of March to the end of April. Races are around 1 to 13 hours driving distance from Vancouver depending on the host school. The team will usually depart from Vancouver on Fridays (often later in the day if possible, to allow for members to attend their classes), and drive back after races finish on Sunday morning. A weekend includes a road race and team time trial on Saturday and a criterium on Sunday morning.

Additional information can be found at: http://nwcollegiatecycling.us/index.html

Academic requirements:

Team members are required to maintain good academic standing – minimum 60% average or passing standards as identified by their faculty – and must not be on academic probation.

Team members must be students at the University of British Columbia who are registered in an Undergraduate or Graduate 9-credit course load per term in the current winter session, or fulfilling the requirements for a PhD/Masters, or Co-op Program. (Students registered in diploma programs, certificate programs, or affiliated colleges/ programs with the University of British Columbia including: Carey Theological College, Regent College, St. Mark’s College, and the Vancouver School of Theology, are not eligible for active membership in a UBC Thunderbirds Sport Club.)

2017 Collegiate Season Results in the NWCCC:      

3rd Place Overall for team points

24 UBC riders competing in Women’s A, B, C and Men’s A, B, C, D categories including:

  • 12 race wins
  • 16 second place finishes
  • 16 third place finishes
  • 11 fourth place finishes
  • 17 fifth place finishes


2016 Collegiate Season Results in the NWCCC:      

6th Place Overall for team points

18 UBC riders competing in Women’s A, B and Men’s A, B, C, D categories including:

  • 5 race wins
  • 7 second place finishes
  • 7 third place finishes
  • 5 fourth place finishes
  • 4 fifth place finishes


2016 Non-Collegiate Results:

  • USA National U23 Mtn Bike Champion – Claire Anderson
  • 2016 USA Hill Climb Nationals – Bronze – Margot Clyne
  • Colorado State Road Champion (SW 1-2) – Margot Clyne

The 2016-17 season marked our inaugural year as a competitive sport club at the University of British Columbia. Previously part of the AMS Bike Club, our team dates back to the 1990’s, but was only recently revived three years ago after many years of being dormant. Following the return of the competitive side of the club in 2014, it has gone from just a handful of riders to more than twenty racers in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

The club has moved up from 6th place to 3rd place in the end of season standings in the NWCCC. This past season we had several notable accomplishments which included holding first place for part of the season for overall team points, for the Women’s A Omnium, and for the Men’s A Omnium.

Name Position Email
Blair Van Andel Marketing and Communications Officer cycling.sc@ubc.ca
Damian Parlee Finance Officer cycling.sc@ubc.ca
May Constabel Club Lead cycling.sc@ubc.ca
Sean Henry Club Lead cycling.sc@ubc.ca
Zach Rohland Travel and Safety Officer cycling.sc@ubc.ca

Those looking for a recreational and social cycling group can learn more at the AMS UBC Bike Club.

UBC Thunderbirds Sport Clubs - Cycling
6000 Student Union Blvd.
Student Recreation Building
Vancouver, BC
V6T 1Z1

604-822-3683 cycling.sc@ubc.ca

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