Cycling Studies (minor)

Participate in the nation’s only collegiate Cycling Studies minor. This degree will help you prepare for a future in the contribution and promotion of cycling preservation as both a sport and a leisure pursuit.

FAST FACTS

In 2016, Lees-McRae was named a “Silver Bicycle Friendly University” by the League of American Bicyclists.

Lees-McRae was named a top “U.S. College in 2017 for Mountain Bikers” by SingleTracks.com.

The Lees-McRae Division I Men’s and Women’s Cycling Team holds 10 national titles in various disciplines as well as 57 individual national titles.

Lees-McRae is one of the few college campuses to have held both national and conference mountain biking competitions.

What You'll Study

You will gain an academic foundation addressing cycling advocacy, design, development and history as well as an introductory knowledge of USA Cycling (USAC) and Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) rules and guidelines.

In order to achieve the ultimate goal of in-depth knowledge and experience, you will take part in both local and regional cycling advocacy meetings and public workshops. You will also complete research and have the chance to listen and learn from accomplished guest speakers.

In order to understand the future of cycling and its trends, you will spend time not only learning and researching the history of both cycling as a culture and sport, but about the development of the bike and its anatomy.

To supplement this information, over the course of the program, you will also have the chance to visit one of several cycling companies located here in North Carolina, including DeFeet International, Cane Creek Cycling Components and Industry Nine Componentry. 

After Graduation

You can pair your Cycling Studies minor and your major degree in many ways:

Career opportunities include:

  • Marketing and Sales
  • Public and Private Cycling Entities
  • Retail Management

Current graduates can be found working at Trek Bicycle Corporation, Yakama, TRP, Stans NoTubes and Rotor Bike Components International, among several others. 

Meet the Faculty

Ted Silver, BSPH, JD
Adjunct Instructor of Cycling

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