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.
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
- Meet at West Point Cycles at 10th and Highbury
- Starts at 10:00 am
- 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 2017.
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 at 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a Facebook message in advance if you have any questions about being on the team.
We are in the process of verifying and publishing our preliminary roster for the 2016-17 season. For now, you can read the bios of our executives under the “Cycling – Roster” tab. It is not too late to join! We accept new riders throughout the year.
The team fee for 2016-17 will be made in two installments. The first installment is $67 and this pays for insurance, team t-shirt (for bird coop 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 donations revenue goes into subsidizing team race and travel fees. In addition, some coaching will be provided by the club and not by team fees.
September to April
- Weekly Saturday morning practice (Starts at 10:00 am)
- Ranges from 2 to 5 hours; dependent on individual training plan 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.
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
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.)
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 marks 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 about twenty racers in 2015 and 2016.
The club has moved up from 15th place to 6th 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.
Those looking for a recreational and social cycling group can learn more at the AMS UBC Bike Club.