About the Cycling Program at Lees-McRae College

Lees-McRae College is home to the 10 time National Championship USA Cycling Team. With over 60 student cyclists and a devoted Cycling Advisory Council, Lees-McRae College provides students the opportunity to enhance their chosen field of study with a unique program while gaining knowledge in the art and science of the cycling industry. This minor provides students the opportunity to enhance and supplement their chosen academic program of study with their interest in cycling. Students will acquire skills and knowledge pertaining to advocacy, design and infrastructure, in addition to experiences to enhance their current skills and knowledge of cycling. Participation in the cycling minor supports the education of competitive cyclists and enthusiasts, thus contributing to the promotion and preservation of cycling as a sport and leisure pursuit.

Program Requirements

  • Students are required to conduct research and complete course assignments and projects on cycling and related topics in as many core curriculum and major program courses as possible.

  • Students are required to integrate a cycling topic into their Senior Research Seminar project if possible.

  • Students are required to take BIO 102 Environmental Biology as a core curriculum requirement.


Trading keg stands for kickstands: A collegiate take on the National Bike Summit

College is often defined by homework, part-time jobs, and partying. However, Lees-McRae isn’t your typical college. Offering the country’s only minor in Cycling Studies, a bevy of cycling scholarships, and a cycling team boasting 10 National Championship titles, college life for many on the small campus nestled in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains revolves around two wheels. 
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