Cycling club rides to Marshall’s campus
Published: Monday, September 17, 2012
Updated: Monday, September 17, 2012 23:09
A cycling club has been formed on Marshall University’s Huntington campus.
Jack Baronner, Marshall University Cycling Club president, said he wanted to create the club just out of his love for the sport.
“Once I heard about the cycling club starting at Marshall, I just knew that it was a community that I want to be a part of,” Corey Clark, MUCC member and secretary, said.
Baronner said their goal for the fall semester is recruitment and getting out all of the kinks that come with being a new club.
MUCC is open to all students regardless of their skill level. Students can ride competitively, for fitness or just for fun.
“Don’t be intimidated by the higher ability level cyclists, riding with them will only make you better,” Clark said.
The group has also implemented a ‘Type’ section that includes competitive beginner through advanced, fitness beginner through advanced and recreational riding.
“You can join any group in which you feel you can keep up with and give it a shot,” Clark said. “If you can’t keep up don’t worry because we have a no-drop rule and at least one person will stay back with you, then next time you can move down one group and try their pace out, or vice versa, you can move up if you feel the first group was too easy.”
Baronner said the club’s ultimate goal is to compete in road races for the Atlantic Collegiate Cycling Conference against schools such as WVU and Virginia Tech.
The ACCC is a collection of cycling clubs representing colleges and universities from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina. It is one of 11 conferences that make up the collegiate program of USA Cycling.
Members of the ACCC compete in road, mountain and cyclocross racing throughout the academic year at the conference level with hopes of qualifying for the USA Cycling Collegiate National Championships.
Baronner said although the task of competing against big schools would be daunting, he thinks they can do it.
“I was actually kind of surprised,” Baronner said. “I honestly didn’t think we would get that many people.”
MUCC was just created this semester and so far the turnout has been much higher than the club anticipated.
“I am very surprised about the number of people that have joined,” Clark said. “Right now I have a backlog of about 12 emails that I need to add to the membership roster, which is already at 40 members. It hasn’t even been a week yet and we are past 50 members, I’m astonished.”
Baronner said if there’s any cyclists our there, they would love to have you, they need people.
The Marshall University Cycling Club has created a Facebook page for interested members to contact them.
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