Mars Hill University is a private liberal arts school located in the Blue Ridge Mountains just 18 miles north of Asheville, North Carolina. We have a long tradition of student interest in outdoor recreation and service, and in the spring of 2007 we made the natural progression to create a cycling team. We train on the peaceful yet challenging back roads of Madison County and compete in the Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (SECCC), one of eleven collegiate cycling conferences organized under USA Cycling, the governing body for cycling in the US.
After the Mars Hill cycling tradition started in the spring of 2007, we competed in select SECCC events in 2008, and then saw our first full season of road racing in the spring of 2009, including our first trip to the national championships. School year 2013-2014 marks our seventh year supporting top collegiate student-cyclists.
We race and send riders to national championships in all collegiate disciplines: road, mountain, cyclocross, track, and BMX. Along the way, we’ve collected over 30 national championship podiums, including three national titles on the road and two in cyclocross. The team was the #1 ranked D2 team in the nation in both 2010-2011 and 2011-2012. USA Cycling recognized our rapid rise up the collegiate ranks by naming us the “Collegiate Club of the Year” in 2010.
We believe in the importance of community service, and riders on the team take time away from studying and training to give back to their community in a variety of ways. Our latest effort involves starting a weekly bike club for 5th graders at Mars Hill Elementary, made possible through a partnership with Trips for Kids WNC and Madison County Parks and Recreation.
We have momentum, campus and community support, and the perfect terrain to grow a stellar cycling team. The only missing ingredient is you.
Mission: To provide collegiate student-cyclists of all abilities the opportunity to race bikes in multiple disciplines in a structured, supportive, and team-focused environment that fosters excellence in character, academics, and athletic performance.
Come Ride with Us
Come ride with the team on the beautiful mountain roads around Mars Hill, NC. If you plan on being in the area contact us and we’ll meet you for a spin. We’re always riding.
Here’s a glimpse of what our road rides are like: