By Angie Faller, UA Little Rock
Before moving to Arkansas with his wife to pursue graduate school, Martial Trigeaud was a semi-professional cyclist in France. While Trigeaud, now a business consultant with the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center, was thrilled with the beautiful trails and mountain biking opportunities in Arkansas, he was disappointed to find there was no competitive biking club at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. “A year ago, I was interested in racing at the cycling championship,” Trigeaud said. “They said I was eligible to race if I was a student at UA Little Rock, but we didn’t have a racing team at the university. I needed one in Little Rock.”
The only qualifications to join the new cycling club are an affiliation with the university and an interest in cycling. UA Little Rock students, faculty, staff and alumni are all welcome to join. Membership in the club allows students to compete in cycling events through the South Central Collegiate Cycling Conference.
“The world of cycling has grown a lot over the past 5-10 years,” Trigeaud said. “We have a strong cycling community that continues to grow. There are CEOs of banks, business owners, doctors, lawyers, politicians, and all kind of folks engaged in cycling. We want to use the cycling club to build better connections between the university and the community.”