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Ride and Learn: Lindsey Wilson College
 
By Imelda March
Date: 2/24/2011
Ride and Learn: Lindsey Wilson College
 

We continue to explore collegiate cycling programs around the U.S. and this time we connect with coach Coach David Grigsby of Lindsey Wilson College (LWC) located in the State of Kentucky.

Lindsey Wilson College (LWC) is a four-year liberal-arts college affiliated with the Kentucky Conference of The United Methodist Church.

The college is located on approximately 200 partially wooded acres on a hilltop in Columbia, Kentucky, a small town about 20 miles from Lake Cumberland in South Central Kentucky.

Lindsey Wilson is classified as a Baccalaureate College-Liberal Arts by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Institutions.

Lindsey Wilson College Cycling Team competes in the Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference (MWCCC), a recognized conference within the USA Cycling Collegiate organization. The Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference is one of 11 collegiate conferences around the U.S.

This weekend, Saturday, 26 and Sunday, 27 of February Lindsey Wilson College will open the Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference (MWCCC) racing season. It is expected that the top-ranked MWCCC teams will compete to begin securing points for the USA Cycling Collegiate Road Championships scheduled for May 6-8: in Madison, Wisconsin.

The Lindsey Wilson College Cycling Team will also race the following events:

* March 5/6, Ohio State University
* March 12/13, University of Missouri
* March 26/27, University of Notre Dame
* April 2, Marian University
* April 3, Purdue University
* April 9/10, Michigan State University
* April 16/17, Lindenwood University
(Regional Championships)

Coach David Grigsby was excited to allow us into the world of the Lindsey Wilson College Cycling Team and below is what he had to say.

DP: Who is an ideal candidate for your academic and cycling program?

At Lindsey Wilson College Cycling Team, we prefer pure cyclists but we often accept athletes from other sports including 'walk-ons.

Lindsey Wilson College recruits all levels of cyclists from current professional riders, top juniors to those recently introduced to the sport of cycling. We do this because we firmly believe that unlike other sports, in cycling, nobody rides the bench; as a result, we all get to play.

The conference championships are decided based on points earned by all categories, not just the category A riders (USA Cycling 1 and 2 categories.) This system allows as riders who are not a collegiate A level rider to enjoy contributing to the teams performance.

DP: Does Lindsey Wilson College offer collegiate cycling scholarships?

Yes, Lindsey Wilson College offers cycling specific scholarships.

DP: What are the Lindsey Wilson College cycling scholarship distribution levels? What is the average scholarship value?

Cycling scholarship distribution levels varies according to the needs of the team, a rider’s potential and available monies. Our scholarship amounts range from a few hundred dollars to five-figures.

DP: Let’s talk cycling supplies and equipment, is required equipment provided to the athletes? Or are they expected to contribute to the costs of purchasing their equipment (i.e. bikes, tires, rollers, uniforms, racing shoes, etc)?

Lindsey Wilson College Cycling Team provides uniforms and basic essentials such as tires, tubes and cables. There have been instances whereby sponsors supply a small number of bicycles, but for the most part a rider brings his or her equipment with them to the team.

DP: Typically, a B.A. /B.S. take about four years to complete? However, do all your athletes finish their degrees on time? Or is the average more like five years as they enjoy their environments and student life?

We have experienced on-time degree completion; in addition to students who extend their collegiate cycling experience to take what is known as a 'victory lap' to remain as a full time student for a 5th year.

We take pride in that and see it as a compliment to how we do things and run our program.

DP: Overall, what is your cycling program graduation rate?

For those that stay on past their sophomore year, it is close to 100%.

DP: Do you actively recruit? Is there a part of the country or world where you focus more of your recruitment efforts?

We actively recruit all over the country. In the last three-months I have traveled to Cleveland, Ohio, Austin, Texas and to Southern California for recruiting purposes. We look for talent on the bike and a passion for the sport regardless of how far that athlete might be. Our current roster of 50 riders represents 15 states. We are proud of our mix of collegiate riders.

>DP: What differentiates your cycling program from the others?

We place emphasis on “passion and character.” If a rider has a genuine passion for the bike, they will be motivated to train, study, and excel at Lindsey Wilson College.

Character is harder to define, but we tell our athletes that character is who you are when nobody is watching. We want athletes who want to do the right thing, even when they will never be recognized for it. Also, we are the program that is pioneering Collegiate BMX racing, which currently doesn't exist but is finally being developed by both USA Cycling and the National Bicycle league.

All eighth of our Individual National Champions earned their stars and stripes jerseys in the gravity mountain bike events. We have an incredible gravity program and want to extend the success to our road, cyclocross, and track disciplines.

TEAM ACCOLADES

* Two Team Omnium National Championships and 8 Individual National Champions.

* Training facilities that include a BMX course and a World Cup level dual slalom course with a 73,000 square foot indoor health and wellness center for all the Lindsey Wilson College community to use.

BY THE NUMBERS

Total Enrollment: 2,554
Total *FTE: 2,508
Demographics: Female: 63%, Male: 37%
Annual Tuition: $18,720
* FTE=full time equivalent

For further information visit Lindsey Wilson College and Lindsey Wilson College Cycling Team.

Photo provided by LWC

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About the author: Imelda March lives in Chicago and is a member of Team Kenda. She is a frequent contributor to The Daily Peloton Cycling News team, reporting on women’s cycling issues and general peloton ramblings. Imelda is an experienced racer who also holds an MBA and is a marketing strategy expert.


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