FLC Cycling Team

The Gold Standard in Collegiate Cycling

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Contact FLC Cycling

Dave Hagen
Cycling Club Director
hagen_d@fortlewis.edu
970-247-7460

Elke Brutsaert
Women's Cycling Coach
ehbrutsaert@fortlewis.edu
970-247-7460

Unlike professional racing, it's the nature of collegiate cycling that has each person riding to earn points for the whole team rather than just for themselves. It's that unique spirit that forges deeper and lasting connections among collegiate cyclists that last well after their college riding days are over.

At Fort Lewis College, that cycling camaraderie has also shaped a championship cycling program that today is the gold standard in collegiate cycling.

The Fort Lewis Cycling Team was born in 1994. That year, in its first intercollegiate competition as a club sport, the new team won the inaugural National Collegiate Cycling Association mountain biking national championships. The team's first uniforms were t-shirts donated by the downtown Durango Diner, where club members would gather before their morning training rides.

Since then, the cycling world has come to know FLC Cycling – and the team's jerseys. Because since that first season, the FLC Cycling has continued its roll, winning national championships 19 more times in mountain biking, cyclocross, and road racing.

FLC Cycling has been ranked USA Cycling's #1 Division I team in the nation four times (2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011), competing in five disciplines:

  • TRACK
  • MOUNTAIN BIKE
  • CYCLOCROSS
  • BMX
  • ROAD

Getting to the Top Together

More than 80 riders strong, FLC Cycling is a unique hybrid program, blending the fun of a club with the full-time professional coaching and equipment of a varsity sport. And all it takes to join is a helmet and a hunger to ride.

The focus, though, is still on fun and team spirit. Collegiate cycling is a good time with great people. Some racers on the Cycling team have been riding their entire lives, while others didn’t start until they got to FLC. All riders receive expert coaching from our professional coaching staff. And for specialty niche events, other coaches step in from Durango’s ranks of pro cyclists.

Durango is bike crazy, so you’ll fit right in. Durango’s cycling tradition dates back to 1895 and the founding of the still-active Durango Wheel Club. Today it is home to some of the greatest collegiate, professional, and Olympic riders in the history of road and off-road cycling. Frequent group rides with the team and local cyclists give club members the chance to train for upcoming events, explore the beauty of the area, and build friendships.

World-class Training in Durango

Fort Lewis College cyclists have unlimited training right nearby on thousands of miles of epic singletrack trails through the beautiful and challenging terrain of the Southern Rockies. And for road riding, Durango is located on the San Juan Skyway, a 230-mile scenic highway that travels over several 12,000-foot  passes in the San Juan Mountains.

Durango is also home to the world-renowned Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, an annual three-day cycling festival featuring more than 2,000 riders racing a steam train over the mountains to the mining town of Silverton. And in August 2012, Durango will host the first stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

  Iron Horse Bicycle Classic      Durango stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge     USA Pro Cycling Challenge

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