First, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce the new Indiana University Cycling Club executive board:
President | Christopher West
Vice President | Paul Smith
Treasurer | Ashton Wischmeier
Secretary | Brad Koszuta
Graduate Advisor | Ren-Jay Shei
Faculty Advisor | Jordan Bailey
This core group is going to work extremely hard throughout the year to ensure that IUCC and it's members have the resources it needs to reach it's full potential and have a successful 2011-2012 season.
As you can see, changes are already underway within the clubs infrastructure. With this new website/blog we hope to create a more positive and open channel of communication between the the club, it's members, and the Indiana University community. We have also created a new e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org). We have also created a Twitter account that will keep you updated on all the happenings of IUCC! Please follow us at @IndianaCycling. Your executive board has many plans in store for the upcoming year that will help bring Indiana University Cycling back to level of competition it was accustomed to in previous years! Please take a look at the schedule as the Moutain Bike season is already underway and Cyclocross is quickly approaching. If you are interested in competing for the Hoosiers, please contact us immediately!
IUCC kicked off it's year with the USAC Collegiate Track National Championships in Indianapolis, IN at Major Taylor Velodrome. The team's roster per event consisted of:
4k Individual Pursuit: Kevin Depasse, Tim Nixon, and Christopher West
1k Time Trial: Kevin Depasse, Tim Nixon, Rex Rafferty, and Christopher West
200m/Match Sprint: Kevin Depasse, Tim Nixon, Sam Harbison, Rex Rafferty, and Christopher West
Team Pursuit: Kevin Depasse, Sam Harbison, Rex Rafferty, and Christopher West
Points Race: Kevin Depasse, Same Harbison, and Christopher West
Chris West competes in the Match Sprint
The event kicked off on a windy Thursday with the 4k Individual Pursuit and the 1k Time Trial. Thursday was highlighted with the Hoosiers scoring points in the 4k with Kevin Depasse placing 20th and in the 1k with Rex Rafferty placing 7th! Friday was the 200m Time Trial and the top 18 200m times would move on to compete in the Match Sprint! The event was highlight by the Hoosiers qualifying two riders for the Match Sprint out of the 80 starters in the 200m! Rex Rafferty scored in the top 10 again by placing 10th and Christopher West was right behind in 11th. Kevin Depasse also scored points by placing 23rd in the 200m.
The Hoosier Team Pursuit squad finished with a time of 3:51.7 and finished in 11th place
Saturday kicked off with the Hoosiers competing in the 3k Team Pursuit. The track was fast and the Hoosiers set down an early time of 3:51.7, which was 8 seconds faster than the previous year! The Hoosier Team Pursuit would finish in 11th place on the day. The morning session finished with 2 heats of 48-lap qualifying points races. The top 15 finishers from each heat would move onto the 30k, 90-lap Points Race final later that evening. Senior, Christopher West lead the charge for the Hoosiers by qualifying for the 30k Points Race finale. Chris had a good race and bridged a big gap to promising breakaway with 35 laps to go but the break disintegrated and was absorbed by the pack. Chris finished 28th overall. Overall, the Hoosiers finished in 11th out of 26 schools in the Division 1 Omnium, narrowly missing the Top 10 by 8 points. Christopher West also netted a Top 20 in the Individual Omnium by finishing in 19th place. Kevin Depasse finished in 22nd in the Individual Omnium. Great job to all of the Hoosiers that competed at Nationals!
Full results can be viewed on the Schedule and Results page.