National Collegiate Challenge
The National Collegiate Challenge takes place during the fall collegiate semester. The Challenge is a series of contests comprised of individual riding, a virtual race series and off-the-bike activities. With the challenge we give teams the chance to safely compete against one another in a socially distanced and fun format. Winners will be announced in both Varsity and Club Divisions.
Challenges

Riders will register and affiliate with their club or team to compete virtually in the following events:

  • Total Miles Ridden
  • Total Ride Time
  • Total Elevation Gain

*Participant must have a Strava account for their points to contribute to their team's standing.

Weekly results will be posted on the challenge leaderboard.

Each of the above events will be treated as a separate event, with results available for each. At the end of the challenge results will be calculated for each event and omnium points and scoring per the Collegiate Scoring Table, Policy IX Collegiate Cycling Rule Book will be awarded, with overall individual and team results posted.

Teams will compete in either Club or Varsity.

You can connect your Strava account to the Challenge after the challenge begins by clicking on the “Enter Data” link on the registration page and then following the instructions in the email sent.

Registration Opens: August 20th on Bike Reg

Challenge Begins: September 1

Challenge Concludes: September 30th

Register Now

The USA Cycling Collegiate Cup will take place over two consecutive weeks at the end of October 2020.

Hosted on the Road Grand Tours digital race platform, collegiate racers, alumni and collegiate staff will compete in individual and team omniums comprised of a Road Race, Time Trail and Criterium. The omniums will be broken into club and varsity divisions. All collegiate categories will be offered to encourage participation and inclusivity.

Each of the above stage will be treated as a separate event, with results available for each. At the end of the challenge results will be calculated for each stage and omnium points and scoring, per the Collegiate Scoring Table, Policy IX Collegiate Cycling Rule Book will be awarded, with overall individual and team results posted.

With the race season cancelled for most conferences for 2020, teams are struggling to raise funds to support their programs. Teams will be able to fundraise for their programs. Donors can also pledge to provide support for the USA Cycling Collegiate Program. Details for how to make a donation will be announced when registration for the Collegiate Cup opens.

  • Awards will be given to the top-3 individuals/teams in the omnium, all participants will be provided with a digital participation badge. Awards/prizes will also be given to the program with the greatest number of participation points.
  • The event will be free but will require that athletes hold a valid USA Cycling membership and that the collegiate club be registered and in good standing. Alumni and staff will be asked to pay a $10 fee, with 100% of the proceeds going back to the USA Cycling Collegiate Program.
  • With the race season cancelled for most conferences for 2020, teams are struggling to raise funds to support their programs. Teams will be able to fundraise for their programs. Donors can also pledge to provide support for the USA Cycling Collegiate Program.
  • Alumni and Collegiate Staff will compete in a separate category/event and can generate participation points for their team or club.
  • Registration will open on October 1, 2020.
  • To participate student athletes need to have access to a bike trainer outfitted with a power meter.

Athlete’s and teams that give back to their local communities serve as ambassadors for the sport.

Beginning September 1 and concluding December 31, participants can earn points for their team by working community service projects. These projects may include trail work, working a soup kitchen, cleaning up a roadway, hosting a toy drive during the holidays, or volunteering at a polling place, etc.

Participants in the Community Service challenge will submit an overview of their community service project to USA Cycling by December 31, 2020. The Google form is available now for this purpose. Submittals should include the overall project, hours worked, funds or awareness raised (if applicable), photos and or videos. Projects will be posted on USA Cycling’s social media channels in early January and we will ask the cycling community to vote on the best project. Video and photos are highly encouraged in the submittal process.

An independent panel from our cycling community will review the projects and assign points 1 to 10 – with 10 being the highest based on the submitted projects. Points will be assigned based on total votes.

Submit Now

Many schools are finding creative ways to keep their teams engaged in the sport of collegiate cycling. We will be spotlighting those creative ideas in short videos. Teams should submit a 1 to2 minute video that displays what they are doing to keep their riders excited about being part of the team. Videos should be submitted in an MP4 format via a Google Form prior to November 15th. The form will be available by September 1st. Videos will be voted on over USA Cycling’s Instagram channels over Thanksgiving weekend with points being assigned based on votes.

50 bonus points will be awarded to the team for every student athlete team member who completes the semester in the Top 20% of their class or program. To confirm submit GPA riders can either send a copy of their Fall 2020 transcripts to Liz Kollar or submit a form to be completed by their school registrar. The form will be available by November 1 for download to be filled out by your school registrar to confirm class rank. Transcripts or the form need to be submitted no later than January 15th, 2021.

Riders will register and affiliate with their club or team to compete virtually in the following events:

  • Total Miles Ridden
  • Total Ride Time
  • Total Elevation Gain

*Participant must have a Strava account for their points to contribute to their team's standing.

Weekly results will be posted on the challenge leaderboard.

Each of the above events will be treated as a separate event, with results available for each. At the end of the challenge results will be calculated for each event and omnium points and scoring per the Collegiate Scoring Table, Policy IX Collegiate Cycling Rule Book will be awarded, with overall individual and team results posted.

Teams will compete in either Club or Varsity.

You can connect your Strava account to the Challenge after the challenge begins by clicking on the “Enter Data” link on the registration page and then following the instructions in the email sent.

Registration Opens: August 20th on Bike Reg

Challenge Begins: September 1

Challenge Concludes: September 30th

Register Now

The USA Cycling Collegiate Cup will take place over two consecutive weeks at the end of October 2020.

Hosted on the Road Grand Tours digital race platform, collegiate racers, alumni and collegiate staff will compete in individual and team omniums comprised of a Road Race, Time Trail and Criterium. The omniums will be broken into club and varsity divisions. All collegiate categories will be offered to encourage participation and inclusivity.

Each of the above stage will be treated as a separate event, with results available for each. At the end of the challenge results will be calculated for each stage and omnium points and scoring, per the Collegiate Scoring Table, Policy IX Collegiate Cycling Rule Book will be awarded, with overall individual and team results posted.

With the race season cancelled for most conferences for 2020, teams are struggling to raise funds to support their programs. Teams will be able to fundraise for their programs. Donors can also pledge to provide support for the USA Cycling Collegiate Program. Details for how to make a donation will be announced when registration for the Collegiate Cup opens.

  • Awards will be given to the top-3 individuals/teams in the omnium, all participants will be provided with a digital participation badge. Awards/prizes will also be given to the program with the greatest number of participation points.
  • The event will be free but will require that athletes hold a valid USA Cycling membership and that the collegiate club be registered and in good standing. Alumni and staff will be asked to pay a $10 fee, with 100% of the proceeds going back to the USA Cycling Collegiate Program.
  • With the race season cancelled for most conferences for 2020, teams are struggling to raise funds to support their programs. Teams will be able to fundraise for their programs. Donors can also pledge to provide support for the USA Cycling Collegiate Program.
  • Alumni and Collegiate Staff will compete in a separate category/event and can generate participation points for their team or club.
  • Registration will open on October 1, 2020.
  • To participate student athletes need to have access to a bike trainer outfitted with a power meter.

Athlete’s and teams that give back to their local communities serve as ambassadors for the sport.

Beginning September 1 and concluding December 31, participants can earn points for their team by working community service projects. These projects may include trail work, working a soup kitchen, cleaning up a roadway, hosting a toy drive during the holidays, or volunteering at a polling place, etc.

Participants in the Community Service challenge will submit an overview of their community service project to USA Cycling by December 31, 2020. The Google form is available now for this purpose. Submittals should include the overall project, hours worked, funds or awareness raised (if applicable), photos and or videos. Projects will be posted on USA Cycling’s social media channels in early January and we will ask the cycling community to vote on the best project. Video and photos are highly encouraged in the submittal process.

An independent panel from our cycling community will review the projects and assign points 1 to 10 – with 10 being the highest based on the submitted projects. Points will be assigned based on total votes.

Submit Now

Many schools are finding creative ways to keep their teams engaged in the sport of collegiate cycling. We will be spotlighting those creative ideas in short videos. Teams should submit a 1 to2 minute video that displays what they are doing to keep their riders excited about being part of the team. Videos should be submitted in an MP4 format via a Google Form prior to November 15th. The form will be available by September 1st. Videos will be voted on over USA Cycling’s Instagram channels over Thanksgiving weekend with points being assigned based on votes.

50 bonus points will be awarded to the team for every student athlete team member who completes the semester in the Top 20% of their class or program. To confirm submit GPA riders can either send a copy of their Fall 2020 transcripts to Liz Kollar or submit a form to be completed by their school registrar. The form will be available by November 1 for download to be filled out by your school registrar to confirm class rank. Transcripts or the form need to be submitted no later than January 15th, 2021.


The Rules:

Gather your teammates for the challenge and have fun! There are four stages plus one bonus stage. Teams will be scored on their best three of the four stages, with the bonus stage points added.

Individuals and teams will be placed according to each challenges specific methodology. For the overall National Collegiate Challenge team standings, teams will be awarded points based on the Collegiate Scoring Table, Policy IX Collegiate Cycling Rule Book and their placing in the individual challenges, with their three highest scores added together for their overall total. Teams will then be ranked from greatest to least amount of points.

While most contests are scored based on the team’s average – bonus points are awarded for participation. Each participant generates 1 participation pt. Alumni who register with the team in Collegiate Cup Challenge will be included in the participation points. Participation points will be used in the event there is a tie. The team with the greatest number of participation points will receive their club fees waived for the 21-22 school year, will receive a club spotlight on USA Cycling’s social media channels and on our website.

Scoring:

Stage 1 - Collegiate Challenge: Cumulative total of all team members for the month of September based on Strava for miles traveled, time in the saddle and elevation. In each category the cumulative total will be divided by the total number of riders to get an average. Participation points will be added to the averages and then the teams will be ranked based on their average totals.

Stage 2 - Collegiate Cup: The Collegiate Cup is comprised of three digital race events (Road Race, Time Trial and Criterium). These events will be scored like any other race event with points assigned based on the participants finishing place. The points from the Top 5 performances for each team will be added together to create a cumulative total of points. The teams will then be ranked and assigned points based on the Collegiate Scoring Table.

Stage 3 - Community Service: The team’s community service project will be submitted to USA Cycling. An independent panel from our cycling community will review the projects and assign points 1 to 10 – with 10 being the highest based on the submitted projects. Points will be assigned based on total votes. Votes will be tabulated and added together. Teams will be ranked and assigned points based on the Collegiate Points Table

Stage 4 - Media Challenge: Teams should submit a 1 to 2 minute video that displays what they are doing to keep their riders excited about being part of the team during a season of limited racing. Videos should be submitted in an MP4 format via a dropbox link prior to November 15th. Videos will included voted on over USA Cycling’s social media channels over Thanksgiving weekend with points being assigned based on votes.

Bonus Stage - Academic Challenge: The team will receive 50 bonus pts for every student athlete who completes the semester in the Top 20% of their class. Proof of class/program placement must be submitted no later than January 15th, 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

How are the points calculated for each of the challenges?
Stage 1 - Collegiate Challenge: Cumulative total of all team members for the month of September based on Strava for miles traveled, time in the saddle and elevation. In each category the cumulative total will be divided by the total number of riders to get an average. Participation points will be added to the averages and then the teams will be ranked based on their average totals. Stage 2 - Collegiate Cup: The Collegiate Cup is comprised of three digital race events (Road Race, Time Trial and...

Stage 1 - Collegiate Challenge: Cumulative total of all team members for the month of September based on Strava for miles traveled, time in the saddle and elevation. In each category the cumulative total will be divided by the total number of riders to get an average. Participation points will be added to the averages and then the teams will be ranked based on their average totals.

Stage 2 - Collegiate Cup: The Collegiate Cup is comprised of three digital race events (Road Race, Time Trial and Criterium). These events will be scored like any of race event with points assigned based on the participants finishing place. The points from the Top 5 performances for each team will be added together to create a cumulate total of points. The teams will then be ranked and assigned points based on the Collegiate Scoring Table.

Stage 3 - Community Service: The team’s community service project will be submitted this form here upon completion. An independent panel of alumni, USA Cycling staff and Collegiate Sport committee members will review the projects and assign points based on 1 to 10, 10 being an excellent project. Votes will be tabulated and points added together. Teams will be ranked and assigned points based on the Collegiate Points Table

Stage 4 - Media Challenge: Teams should submit a 1 to 2 minute video that displays what they are doing to keep their riders excited about being part of the team during a season of limited racing. Videos should be submitted in an MP4 format via a dropbox link prior to November 15th. Videos will included voted on over USA Cycling’s social media channels over Thanksgiving weekend with points being assigned based on votes.

Bonus Stage - Academic Challenge: The team will receive 50 bonus pts for every student athlete who completes the semester in the Top 20% of their class. Proof of class/program placement must be submitted no later than January 15th, 2021.

Do you need to hold a valid membership/race license to participate?

Yes, the team or club must be an active USA Cycling club/team and be in good standing to participate. Members of the team participating in the challenge must hold a valid Collegiate Membership/License, and be a student in good standing with their college or university.

Yes, the team or club must be an active USA Cycling club/team and be in good standing to participate. Members of the team participating in the challenge must hold a valid Collegiate Membership/License, and be a student in good standing with their college or university.

Are there prizes?
Yes, the winning Varsity team and the wining collegiate club will receive: A free annual club registration and free annual collegiate membership for all riders. Primal Wear will award the winning teams with a custom kit program which includes 10 FREE jersey’s 100 5-ct travel packs with shaker bottle of Athletic Greens to the winning club and varsity programs 100 sample packs of AMP PR Lotion to the winning club and varsity programs The program with the greatest number of Participation Points...

Yes, the winning Varsity team and the wining collegiate club will receive:

  • A free annual club registration and free annual collegiate membership for all riders.
  • Primal Wear will award the winning teams with a custom kit program which includes 10 FREE jersey’s
  • 100 5-ct travel packs with shaker bottle of Athletic Greens to the winning club and varsity programs
  • 100 sample packs of AMP PR Lotion to the winning club and varsity programs
  • The program with the greatest number of Participation Points will receive a FREE club membership for the 21-22 school year and a club spotlight on the USA Cycling website and social media channels
How do we register and what is the cost?

The entire Virtual Omnium challenge is free to all student that hold a valid USA Cycling Collegiate membership. Registration is open now on Bike Reg for the Collegiate Challenge scheduled to take in September. Click here to go to the registration page.

Registration for the Collegiate Cup will open in mid-September.

The entire Virtual Omnium challenge is free to all student that hold a valid USA Cycling Collegiate membership. Registration is open now on Bike Reg for the Collegiate Challenge scheduled to take in September. Click here to go to the registration page.

Registration for the Collegiate Cup will open in mid-September.

How do I submit my GPA?

You can scan your grades/transcripts from the 2020 Fall Semester and email to Liz Kollar lkollar@usacycling.org.

You can scan your grades/transcripts from the 2020 Fall Semester and email to Liz Kollar lkollar@usacycling.org.

Will there be a leaderboard so we can keep track of how our team is doing?

Yes we will update the challenge leaderboard every month. You can track your performance in the Collegiate Challenge here. Results for the Collegiate Cup will be posted when on or before November 1.

Yes we will update the challenge leaderboard every month. You can track your performance in the Collegiate Challenge here. Results for the Collegiate Cup will be posted when on or before November 1.

How can collegiate alumni get involved?
We understand that riders that raced in college continue to feel connected to their schools and wish to help collegiate cycling. One of the best way to do that is to help us raise money to support the teams and collegiate cycling in general. As part of the Collegiate Cup, alumni riders may register for the event series, pay a small registration fee with 100% of proceeds going back to the collegiate program. Additionally, alumni may wish to make a donation to the program. Fundraising pages will...

We understand that riders that raced in college continue to feel connected to their schools and wish to help collegiate cycling. One of the best way to do that is to help us raise money to support the teams and collegiate cycling in general. As part of the Collegiate Cup, alumni riders may register for the event series, pay a small registration fee with 100% of proceeds going back to the collegiate program. Additionally, alumni may wish to make a donation to the program. Fundraising pages will be set up by October 1 for alumni who wish to contribute financially.

How do I submit the Community Service Project details for the challenge?

Use this form to tell us about your team’s community service activity. Be sure to include videos and photos in your transmittal.

Use this form to tell us about your team’s community service activity. Be sure to include videos and photos in your transmittal.

o How do I submit my GPA?

You can either scan your transcripts from the 2020 Fall semester and email to Liz Kollar lkollar@usacycling.org or request a form from her that you can take to your registrars office to be completed with class rank or GPA.

You can either scan your transcripts from the 2020 Fall semester and email to Liz Kollar lkollar@usacycling.org or request a form from her that you can take to your registrars office to be completed with class rank or GPA.

For more information regarding the challenge, points, eligibility etc. please email Liz Kollar, Director of Youth and Collegiate Development at lkollar@usacycling.org.