Lyon College Joins Varsity Program

By Bob Black Ocken

USA Cycling has added Lyon College to the list of varsity cycling programs. Lyon College is the second program to join the list from the South Central Conference.

Lyon College, located in Batesville, is adding collegiate cycling to their athletics program. With Arkansas becoming a mecca for mountain biking, even hosting the IMBA world summit in 2016, this team looks to put its mark on the collegiate cycling program with access to fantastic trails and plenty of learning opportunities in the surrounding industry.

The Lyon College Cycling Team will be a team-oriented program that welcomes both competitive and casual lovers of cycling who seek to expand their understanding of the outdoors through bike riding, adventuring and other activities. The campus is already growing their own trail system and looks forward to hosting events for the conference in the near future.

Lyon College cyclists will compete in the South Central Collegiate Cycling Conference alongside other varsity and club programs. The college anticipates participating in mountain biking and road cycling during the regular seasons with hopes of attending national championships in each discipline and eventually growing the program beyond those two disciplines.

Lyon cyclists will receive official Lyon kits, access to the college bike shop, scholarships, and money towards traveling and competing in cycling events. More information on USA Cycling's varsity program and the full list of teams can be found at usacycling.org.