ECCC Racers' Guide

Bicycle racing---the greatest, toughest, most beautiful sport! The Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference puts on a full schedule of year-round cycling action for student athletes, and this page will tell you what you need to know to get involved.

Jeff Salvitti (Bucknell), Matt Furlow (UPenn), Rob Burnett (F&M), and another rider make a go for it at the 2011 Columbia Grant's Tomb Crit; photo by Chatura Atapattu.

What's the Story?

To race in the ECCC you must be a full-time student at a degree granting college or university, or be a full-time student in a public or private high school or prep school.

  • "Full-time" means that your school's registrar considers you full-time, regardless of credits, internships/co-ops, etc..
  • Both graduate and undergraduate full-time students are welcome.
    • There are no limitations on age or number of years racing.
  • Many of our races also have alumni and non-collegiate categories open to everyone.

The ECCC races year-round, with four separate seasons: Road, Mountain, Track, and Cyclocross.

  • Road Racing happens in March and April;
  • Mountain Biking in September and October;
  • Track in August and September;
  • Cyclocross in November and December.

Riders and teams compete to earn points toward individual and team season standings.

All race weekends feature a number of categories for riders of all levels.

  • Our coached Introduction to Bicycle Racing clinics and races are perfect for absolute beginners.
    • Non-student, new women racers are welcome to participate in all of our Women's Intro events!
  • A number of pro and semi-pro riders regularly compete in our Men's and Women's A categories.

Every racer must have a USA Cycling Collegiate license, and be a member of a licensed school team.

  • An annual USA Cycling Collegiate license is $35, or a free addition to a non-collegiate USAC license.
    • Annual licenses can be purchased at races or online via USAC's website.
  • Beginner racers can also purchase 1-day licenses at every race for $15 per day.
  • Starting and licensing a team is simple and easy.

We've got a place for everybody, so join or start your team, buy a license, check out the schedule, and come out racing!

Get Started!

The following are resources to get you started:

Watching dual slalom at Sunday River, 2008.
Watching dual slalom at the 2008 ECCC Championships @ Sunday River by Northeastern. (photo: Northeastern)

Learn More

Once you've started, the following are some resources to learn more about bicycle racing---ECCC, collegiate, and otherwise.

  • Races and Rules
    More detailed information about the different kinds of racing and their rules.
  • Racing, Training, and Traveling
    Some guides for your first race, and introductions to real training.
  • Social Media, News, and Community Sites
    Blogs, news sites, and forums to hang out and stay connected all year round.
  • ECCC Stuff
    Conference surveys (not the serious kind!), wallpaper, and other stuff to keep you motivated all the long winter.
  • Volunteer
    Some of the big and small ways you can do your part to keep the ECCC awesome and growing.

The ECCC is what you make of it, so get out there and make it happen!

Martha Buckley, 2011 USAC Collegiate Division 2 National Road Race Champion
Martha Buckley (MIT), repeat Track and Road national championship podium finisher, ECCC season omnium winner, and winner of the 2011 USAC Collegiate Division 2 National Road Race Championship just two days after giving her PhD dissertation in climate science. (photo: Kenneth Cheung)
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