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

Lees-McRae was named a Gold Bicycle Friendly University by The League of American Bicyclists.

Lees-McRae was named a top U.S. college for mountain bikers by SingleTracks.

The Lees-McRae Division I Men’s and Women’s Cycling Team holds 10 team national titles in various disciplines as well as 59 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. 

Internships have included the Palmetto Cycling Coalition and KMC CrossFest.

Internship Spotlight: Josh Cady

Intern at Palmetto Cycling Coalition, a South Carolina state bicycling advocacy group
Major: Criminal Justice  |  Minor: Cycling Studies

"Working for the Palmetto Cycling Coalition greatly surpassed my expectations and completely changed my outlook. The opportunities presented to me during my time in Columbia were indispensable. I was able to apply the many lectures, lessons, and material from course work from both my cycling studies and criminal justice studies, to my duties and responsibilities at the coalition. I was constantly pushing my comfort zone through the large amount of communication that was expected and required throughout my day to day responsibilities at the coalition."

Meet the Faculty

Ted Silver, BSPH, JD
Adjunct Instructor of Cycling

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