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Shifting Gears

Story: Nicole Zubovich

Since the ‘80s, the Ohio State Cycling Club has been committed to competing in the Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference (MWCCC) and this year is no different. Members experience the thrill of racing against other universities’ cycling teams in various categories like mountain bike and cyclocross.

This year the Ohio State Cycling Club is shifting gears and building a new era, “Last year was our first time sending any riders to Collegiate Road Nationals since 2013,” says Emily Dreyer, Vice President of the club.

image2After seeing two riders qualify for Collegiate Road Nationals this past year, the club is riding uphill to success. “We now have numerous riders across all categories, and hope to have four members, two male and two female, qualify for Nationals this year,” says Dreyer.  

From the race team to social members, this organization believes all members are contributing factors to the team’s success off the track. Daniel Ryan, the club’s Social Captain, leads group bike rides around the Columbus community. “There is no pressure to go fast, and the competitiveness that training is for races, should not influence these rides whatsoever,” Ryan says. “We go at the pace of the newest person so we do not leave anyone behind.”

Scott Hencye, a new member to the Ohio State Cycling Club this year, joined so that he could stay in shape. Last year, Hencye was involved with Team Buckeye Student Riders for Pelotonia, where he met several members of the race team. Now he is an active member of the club, attending training sessions and the occasional race. “Most training sessions I have can be pretty relaxed with some sprints in between to keep my heart rate up,” Hencye says.

Hencye gets most of his training miles in by riding his bicycle both to and from work, which is about 10 miles each way. Cycling helped Hencye build up his endurance, which, in turn, improved his performance in sports competitions.

For Hencye, cycling has been a part of his life since his childhood. “I had a paper route and lived about 10-15 miles from school, so I’d bike to school when the weather was nice for wrestling, track or football practice,” says Hencye.

 10690261_10154780526630538_3554617595626070890_nAfter high school, Hencye joined the Marines and stopped cycling for a few years, but has recently picked it back up. “As adults we have to exercise to stay healthy, so many people do things that aren’t fun to stay in shape,” Hencye says. “But for me, cycling is just so incredibly fun that I don’t look at it as exercise.”

Dreyer encourages anyone interested in cycling to join the club, no matter what skill level. “Collegiate cycling is the perfect atmosphere for amateur cyclists, and we aim to do as much as possible to get more people interested in the sport.”

Currently, the club is accepting donations to help send their riders to Nationals, for more information, contact theohiostatecyclingteam@gmail.com.

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