The schools presented here provide both excellent academic and cycling opportunities for student-athletes looking to continue competitive cycling while pursuing their higher education. These schools are also financially supporting the growth of interscholastic cycling and contribute to the NICA College Scholarship Fund.
Lees McRae College, Banner Elk, North Carolina
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Lees-McRae College is a private, four-year college offering diverse baccalaureate degrees, strong athletic programs and outstanding faculty. Lees-McRae College has the highest elevation of any college campus east of the Mississippi and is surrounded by a diverse and expansive natural environment unique to the Appalachian region, making it an outdoor enthusiast’s dream.
Area attractions include Grandfather Mountain, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Pisgah and Cherokee National Forests, Beech and Sugar Mountain Ski Resorts, the Linville Gorge and Wilson Creek Wilderness Areas and much more. Click here for more information.
Lees-McRae College is home to the 10-time National Champion Division I Cycling Team and since its creation in 2001, the team has been laced with 57 individual collegiate national champions; the most recent being Phil Kmetz, Veronica Laughton, Emily Shields and Kerry Werner. The Bobcats have produced Tour de France, Giro d’Italia Femminile, World Championship and Olympic competitors along with many other domestic professionals on the road, cyclocross and mountain bike. Lees-McRae offers academic and athletic scholarships to qualified athletes, and is a fully funded USA Cycling Division I varsity team competing in the Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (SECCC). Lees-McRae is also the only college in the U.S. to offer a Cycling Studies minor.
In 2016, Lees-McRae was named a Silver Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists and in February 2017, the college was named one of 10 “Top U.S. Colleges for Mountain Bikers” by Singletracks.com.
Prescott College, Prescott, Arizona
Prescott College is a small liberal arts school located in the Central Highlands of Arizona. The college’s mission is to educate students of diverse ages and backgrounds to understand, thrive in, and enhance our world community and environment, and the college strives to provide an education that will enable students to live productive lives while achieving a balance between self-fulfillment and service to others. Prescott College offers an education that is unique due to its experiential curricula, small class sizes, and extensive field course opportunities. Courses like Geology through Bikepacking, run on the Colorado Plateau, and the Marine Studies Semester, taught at the college’s Kino Bay Center in Mexico, exemplify these approaches to learning. On-campus undergraduate areas of study include Adventure Education, Arts and Letters, Global Studies, Education, Environmental Studies and Sustainability, and Psychology and Human Development. Prescott College: For the liberal arts, the environment, and social justice. Click here for more information.
Prescott College Cycling is one of the newer USA Cycling collegiate squads and gained Varsity status in its first year of racing due in large part to strong support from the College. The team rides, races, organizes social events, and participates in local cycling advocacy. The team is focused on the collegiate mountain bike and cyclocross races in the fall and on non-collegiate mountain bike races in the spring, including 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo, some of the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona state series, and the hometown and nationally recognized Whiskey Off-Road races in Prescott.
Prescott College Cycling offers cycling-specific scholarships, personalized coaching, coverage of collegiate racing licenses and race entry fees, and transportation to many conference race weekends. The head coach of the team is Kurt Refsnider, a renowned ultraendurance mountain biker with extensive road, cyclocross, and collegiate racing experience. Coach Refsnider’s goal is grow the team into a strong, supportive, diverse, and socially responsible community of riders and racers. Prescott is situated a mile above sea level in the Central Highlands of Arizona and boasts hundreds of miles of trails and mountain roads within the pines and chaparral of the Bradshaw Mountains. Riding conditions are generally favorable year-round, and other riding destinations like Flagstaff, Sedona, and Tucson are all within just a few hours’ drive.
For more information, visit www.prescottcollegecycling.com or email Coach Refsnider at firstname.lastname@example.org.
King University, Bristol, Tennessee
King University is a Presbyterian, doctoral-level comprehensive four-year university. Founded in 1867 as King College, the University offers more than 80 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences, pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports. Our 130 acre campus is located in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains in East Tennessee and offers many things to do outdoors. Click here for more information.
The King University Cycling team is beginning it’s seventh year as a USAC varsity team. In the short time that King University has competed in collegiate cycling we have won 2 National Team Championships & 4 individual National Champions. We are poised for many more with the great recruiting of riders we continue to sign. We offer academic and cycling scholarships to qualified athletes along with personalized coaching from our full-time head cycling coach Alan Sparks. We are a USA Cycling Varsity team and compete in the Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (SECCC) The 3 disciplines we compete in are; Mountain, Cyclocross and Road. We have many trail systems close by campus and boast an on-campus cyclocross and dual slalom course. There are plenty of mountains to train on with your road bike as well just outside your dorm room. Just bring your bike and willingness to ride and we’ll take care of the rest!
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Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado
Fort Lewis College is Colorado’s crossroads of education and adventure. Our 40 majors offer small classes, dynamic academic programs, a liberal arts perspective, and hands-on learning experiences that foster entrepreneurship, leadership, creativity, and life-long learning. And our beautiful mountain campus on a mesa above historic Durango inspires an active, friendly, and festive community that loves getting outdoors. Click here for more information.
Fort Lewis College Cycling has been reaching the podium together for more than 20 years. Winners of 21 Division I national championships since 1994 and ranked USA Cycling’s #1 Division I team in the nation four times, FLC Cycling is one of the premier collegiate cycling programs in the country. Competing in track, mountain biking, cyclocross, BMX, and road, FLC Cycling blends the fun of a club with the coaching and resources of a varsity sport. All it takes is to join is a helmet and a hunger to ride.