The University of Minnesota Cycling Team (UMCT) is a self directed club team at the U of M. UMCT is dedicated to improving collegiate cycling, fostering a positive environment for cycling in Minnesota, providing a positive athletic environment for all ability levels, creating personal growth and leadership development opportunities, and to promoting the sport of cycling as a viable athletic option to all. As well as supporting cycling enthusiasts and racers alike, UMCT provides an avenue to meet other cyclists and like-minded individuals and provides a healthy social atmosphere for students. UMCT competes as a D1 club school in the North Central Collegiate Cycling Conference (NCCCC) of USA Collegiate Cycling, competing against schools such as Kansas State, North Dakota State, University of Iowa, and St. Olaf. The team has had great success in the past and looks to chalk up many successes in future seasons.
Goldig of Flanders is the unofficial mascot of U of M cycling. Goldif is the fiercest gopher known to cycling, racing along side some of the toughest cyclists in the world and exemplifying the brutality of cycling. He knows punishing cobbles, crippling lactic acid, unending mud, and the unbreakable gopher spirit. Climbing in only his big ring and displaying fearsome descending skills, Goldig is always on a break from the peloton. This is Goldig of Flanders. This is U of M Cycling.
The legend of Goldig is from the deepest of Belgian lore. The fiercest of beasts, and the noblest of creatures. Merckx was thought to have ridden with a tiny Goldig engraved upon his top tube.