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5 months ago
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Is cycling a sport that is worth while for colleges?
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I've been road bike racing for a few months now as a 15-year-old and my friends say it's a useless 'sport' that colleges don't care about. I love cycling and I've done a few races that are held in my town. I eventually want to do a race statewide and move on to nationwide but I'm afraid that colleges won't take it seriously compared to someone who's been doing JV football.

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5 months ago[edited]

In general, 99% of colleges do not have any Varsity Cycling teams so they are not looking to recruit any future cyclists nor is it much of a spectator sport. I would say that playing JV football isn't particularly interesting either.

If you love cycling and it's a great cardio activity, I would recommend keep doing it for yourself. But do not think that adding to your activities list is going to wow anyone unless you make it onto a National Jr. Olympic team.

I think cycling can be transformative especially if you take your passion for it into a community service EC like fixing up old bikes and donating them to kids in marginalized neighborhoods that do not have bikes or an alternative mode of transportation. If you turn your cycling into some sort of community service, then it becomes something very impressive to college admissions officers because you're putting your time and effort into helping other kids.

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