The Eastern Conference takes special pride in all of its many women racers and its robust, friendly atmosphere for both veterans and newbies. Historically the conference has maintained a comparatively high percentage of women for competitive cycling, and puts significant effort and attention toward maintaining and growing its women's program.
Women racing in the ECCC can expect a lot of competition and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. ECCC road races in particular routinely feature well over a hundred women competing across our 3-4 fields/5 categories. These encompass everything from pro and expert student athletes in our Women's A field, down to the most green of new racers getting some coaching and instruction in our Women's Intro clinics and races. In addition, non-collegiate new women racers are welcome to participate in our Women's Intro races, providing great opportunities to bring out non-student friends and clubmates who are interested in trying out racing for the first time.
Our volunteers, officials, and race directors all conduct our women's races with the exact same approach and standards as our men's races. All categories are held at all races, and fields are never cancelled or cut except under the same extreme circumstances as men's races would be. This attitude permeates the conference, with all of our women racers getting the respect and recognition that they deserve from all of our members.
Between the great atmosphere, huge fields, low costs, and excellent races, the ECCC is one of the best places for women's cycling in this region or the country. Come get involved!
The following are some resources for women just starting out in the ECCC.
Once started in the ECCC, the sky's the limit. The ECCC features a number of women team captains and presidents, race promoters, and important conference volunteers. In addition, the following are women's specific resources to get more involved and keep racing.
Have any other questions, ideas, or concerns? Contact the ECCC's Women's Cycling Coordinator or any of our other volunteers!
Every ECCC road race features three women's races covering four categories. Basic information about these and progressing through them is available on the Categories and Upgrades pages. The following are additional women's-specific notes and guides.
The Women's A and B categories are run as a single field for veteran racers.
The categories are scored separately; i.e., the first B finisher wins the B race, regardless of how far back in the overall field they finish. Both combined and split results are published and usable for upgrade points.
Beginner riders with a small amount of experience should enter the Women's C field.
Completely new racers and those unused to group riding should enter the Women's Intro field, which provides a safe and educational introduction to bicycle racing.
Remember that all categories are restricted to full time students on a licensed collegiate club, except for Women's Intro.
Truly elite Women's A racers may elect to compete in Men's A or B events for additional training. Talk to the conference director and/or road season coordinator for details.
Questions and comments about women's categories should go to the women's coordinator and/or upgrade coordinator.