Frequently Asked Questions
Please check the answers to common questions on this page
before sending us an email. If your question isn't here,
or if our answer isn't sufficiently detailed, visit our
How do I join HUCA?
Head on over to our
page, where you'll find all the
information you need! If you still have questions, feel
free to contact us
How do I sign up for the email list?
I'd like to join, but I'm not fit enough to join
Some of our fastest racers, including
the past three team presidents, joined the team with no
athletic background whatsoever. Team rides in the fall
are beginner-friendly, and our veterans will stick with
you if you can't keep up with the pace.
What should I do if I don't have a road bike?
The team owns a few road bikes which we
lend out to riders, especially new riders. This loan comes
with the expectation that you will use the bike to train and
race with the team. If you're interested, get in touch with the
equipment manager on the
What equipment do I need to ride with HUCA?
Most importantly, you'll need a bike
and a helmet. We recommend a road bike, clipless pedals,
and cycling-specific clothing to maximize comfort and
minimize air resistance. For longer rides, you'll want
to bring something to eat and drink.
How should I dress to ride in the cold?
In general, avoid cotton and other
fibers which retain moisture. The first layer should be
a wicking layer -- often made of synthetic fabrics --
which keeps moisture off the skin. Wear a thermal layer
over this to trap heat, and a windproof layer on top to
block the wind. Depending on the temperature, you may
need to eliminate a layer or adjust its thickness. If
in doubt, wear many thin layers rather than a single
heavy layer so that you can adjust your clothing if it
becomes uncomfortable mid-ride.
When are your rides?
Team rides are all posted on the
. They are led by several veteran racers through
the fall and into the winter. Additionally, veterans
will also hold weekly rides at alternate times, open to
How fast are your rides?
The speed of the ride will vary
depending on the goals of the riders. During the fall,
all open rides (morning rides and veterans' open rides)
are no-drop, meaning that the group will go at a pace
comfortable for everyone. During the rest of the year,
speeds will vary, but both beginners and race-hardened
veterans will find rides at the right pace.
How long are your rides?
In the fall, our weekday morning
rides vary from 22 to 40 miles. Saturday morning rides
go from about 25 to 80+ miles. You're welcome to email
the list and organize your own ride at your own pace
Where do you ride?
Unless stated otherwise, rides meet
at Peet's Coffee at the corner of JFK St. and Mt. Auburn
St. right by Harvard Square. From there, we either ride
to the south/southwest or the northwest of Boston. When
we go south, we go out towards Dover and sometimes the
Blue Hills. To the northwest, rides typically start out
towards Concord and then turn south towards Sudbury at
various points. Our 80-mile loop goes from Harvard
University through Harvard, MA and back.
How do I know if a ride is cancelled?
A ride is cancelled if the leader
emails the HUCA list ahead of time, or if it is
precipitating at the time of the ride.
What should I do if I can't make the rides posted
on the team calendar?
Email the list and post your own
ride! Chances are that someone else will want to join
Racing with HUCA
Racing sounds difficult/scary/too hard. Why should
I race with HUCA?
Racing bicycles is tremendous fun.
No really -- ask anyone who's tried racing with us!
Nearly everyone who tries it out comes back for more.
Our secret is that when HUCA goes to race weekends, we
go as a team. So if you have a good day, then you're
happy and everyone is happy for you. And even if you
have a bad day, you've still got your teammates to fall
Check out our racing page
reasons why you should race with us.
Who is eligible to race in the collegiate season?
To enter collegiate races, you must
be a full-time student in a degree-granting program. The
also permits Cat. 4 women to race in the Women's Intro
to Racing category.
At some collegiate events, the promoters will also run
races open to the general public.
How can I become a racer?
To race with us, you need to be a
racing member in good standing. This means that you've
paid your club dues ($85 for basic racing membership or
$130 for full racing membership), that you train/ride
with the club, and that you perform some service to help
us make the race season successful (e.g. ensuring racers
replace what they take from our toolbox).