Saturday, December 22, 2012

Second Semester Plans

With second semester coming up quickly, that can only mean collegiate racing is starting in the next couple months.  Both our men's and women's squads have been training together and getting in a lot of miles this fall. We are making a lot of progress and really coming together as a team. Numerous riders have set aside their Little 500 allegiances to help improve IU's cycling program.

We have made no secrets of our main goal for the season: Qualify for Nationals.

So far we have had about 8 men and 4 women show up to represent our A's squads. But everyone is welcome to come give it a shot! As second semester starts, we will be introducing more training races and drop rides to give a real feel for the racing atmosphere. Look for a call out meeting when we all get back to IU.

If you need any gear for the upcoming season please fill out your order here:

And finally, here is the racing schedule for the Spring

February 23/24 - Lindsey Wilson
March 2/3 - Depauw
March 23/24 (Quals Weekend) - Lindenwood (dual-conference event with the NCCCC) 
March 30 (Easter Weekend) - Marian
April 3 (ITT)
April 6/7 (Miss n' out) - Michigan State/Michigan
April 13/14 (Team Pursuit) - Purdue/Notre Dame
April 20/21 (Race Day) - Wisconsin (Regionals)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Lindenwood Road Race Recap

The Mens' C race departed at 11:00 am for two laps on a challenging and hilly 22 mile road course. Several attacks over the first lap of the course including a long solo effort off of the front by Turner Duncan broke the field of around 50 riders into small fragments led by the breakaway controlled by Turner Duncan, John Becker, Chris Passolano, and Austin Venhuizen. Unfortunately, Austin flatted and was forced to remove himself from the race at the end of the first lap.

After opening a gap of over 5 minutes over the field, the remaining IU contingent expanded that lead with continued attacks spurned by the Indy-bred climbing supremacy of Turner Duncan, with the course eventually leveling out once again to allow for a race average speed in excess of 22 on a particularly hilly course. An expert lead-out from John Becker delivered Turner Duncan to his third race of the season, with the Turner and Becker crossing the line 1 and 2 with Chris Passolano just a stone's throw away in a chasing group.

The Mens' D race left at 11:05 with IU being championed by Aaron Starkston, Patrick Garvey, and Robert Martin. The race wasn't characterized by breakaways but, rather, by mishaps and mechanicals, with Patrick recovering from a wreck after a rider from Illinois unclipped and went down in front of him. Aaron Starkston dropped a chain and was forced to put in a hard solo effort to regain his position in the group. After recovering from his mechanical, Aaron pulled out all the stops and sprinted around several riders in the closing 200 meters for a top ten finish with Patrick Garvey and Robert Martin following shortly behind.

The Men's A, Men's B, and Women's A road races were all cancelled due to thunderstorms. Criterium results are coming soon! Great job to all the Hoosiers that attended!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Mizzou Road Race Recap

A small contingent of IU riders made the trip to the University of Missouri road race this past weekend. The 35 mile course had it all; flats, rollers, and climbs that will rip you legs to pieces, but the Hoosiers were ready for the challenge. The Hoosiers continued racking up points across most of the categories, most notably with a 1-2 finish in the Men's C race by Jacob Read and John Becker. Read and Becker were followed closely by IU teammate Turner Duncan in 4th, with Austin Venhuizen (6th) and Chris Passolano (11th) not far behind. On the women's side, Emily Palmer narrowly missed the podium in the B/C race by finishing in 4th. She was accompanied by new IUCCers Christine Ball (8th) and Dana Van Der Genugten (13th). The big race of the day was the 70 miles Men's A race where RJ Stuart was looking to better his 9th place finish from the Lindsey Wilson road race. He did just that by finishing a strong in 6th place. The Hoosier are currently sitting in 5th place in the conference, just ahead of University of Wisconsin-Madison and RJ Stuart is sitting in 13th overall in the conference with 75 points. Keep up the great work Hoosiers and enjoy your spring break! Next on the docket is Lindenwood at the end of spring break (March 17th & 18th).

Full results from the road race can be viewed on the Results page or at USA Cycling.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Lindsey Wilson Recap

This past weekend marked the start of the MWCCC road season at Lindsey Wilson College! IU had plenty of representation across all categories with 30+ riders in attendance!

Team Time Trial
The weekend started at 8AM with the Team Time Trials. The 12km, rolling course was deceptively difficult after the turn around when riders would face a 2km climb into a 15mph headwind but IU was up for the challenge! First to go off was the TTT of Austin Venhuizen, Chris Passolano, Diego Rodriguez, and Joe Dempsey. They destroyed their competition by over 2 minutes to take 1st place in the D category! Next up was the A's TTT of Greg Bortz, Graham Dewart, Sven Gartner, and Chris West. The A's struggled to find their rhythm in the first few kilometers but hit their stride in the second half of the TTT. The A's ended up 6th overall in a very competitive A's field.

Road Race
The next event on tap was the Road Race. The scenic 25 mile course consisted of 3 significant climbs, false flats galore, and a cross wind that would shatter any peloton. Overall, IU dominated many of the day's races. In the D's race (25 miles), Turner Duncan dislodged himself from the pack on the final climb to take 1st, followed closely by IU teammate Jacob Read in 3rd place. In the men's C race (25 miles), Eric Brodell was the first IU rider to cross the line in 5th place. He was followed by Paul Smith (10th) and Phil Sojka (12th). The women's B/C (25 miles) pack was shattered by 2 IU women and a Marian rider on the final climb of the day. When the smoke had cleared, Melissa Moeller had taken 1st place and Rachel Metherd was close behind in 3rd.

Unfortunately, IU did not fair so well in the Men's B race (50 miles). Tim Nixon flatted in the closing miles of the race and was unable to finish. However, he would get his revenge the next day in the Criterium! The longest event of the day was the Men's A road race (75 miles) and it was definitely a sight to see with over 50 men rolling off the start line! The race started with a flurry of attacks from the usual suspects; Marian, Lindsey Wilson, and Lindenwood. However, with a constant 20mph headwind, any early break attempts were quickly brought back. The fluctuations in speed did cause a wreck in the middle of the peloton and while the majority of the IU riders escaped the fray, some did not fair so well. A few IU riders (Greg Bortz, Tom Walsh, Chris West) were forced off into the ditch and had to chase back to the pack. Luckily, no riders involved were injured in the wreck. As the the early stages of the race progressed, the peloton took a 90 degree right hand turn and swapped their 20mph headwind for a 20mph crosswind! The crosswind shattered the pack into fragments and many riders were taken out of contention for the day. However, there were still 2 IU riders in contention at the finish line! RJ Stuart scored the first top 10 of the season by finishing 9th and Sven Gartner also scored points for IU by finishing in 19th!

The IUCC Women at the Lindsey Wilson Road Race

The criterium course was the classic oval shape with a significant hill in the course that would separate the strong from the weak in the final day of racing at Lindsey Wilson College! The day started with the Women's B/C race and it was IU dominating the podium again! Melissa Moeller celebrated her second race win in as many days and she was joined IU teammates by Rachel Metherd (2nd) and Emma Caughlin (4th). However, Melissa was not the only rider celebrating a double-win on the weekend. Turner Duncan took home his 2nd W in the Men's D race followed by his IU teammate Jacob Read in 3rd! The Men's C criterium saw even more IU dominance with 3 riders finishing in the top 10! Paul Smith lead the way in 6th place, followed by IU teammates Phil Sojka (7th) and Eric Brodell (8th).

Eric Brodell (Left) riding up the climb on the crit course.

The Men's C race rolling through

As stated earlier, Tim Nixon was out for revenge in Sunday's criterium. He did so by going solo off the front in an attempt to lap the field. Eventually, he was joined by riders from Notre Dame and Purdue, and the 3 worked together to lap the field! Tim ended up finishing 2nd on the day but it was no doubt an impressive performance and a show of dominance in the race!

Tim Nixon off the front of the B's race.

The final event of the day was the Men's A race. From the gun, the race was fast and only got faster. On the flatter sections of the course, the race was touching speeds of 35 mph! These high speeds shattered the field and made it extremely tough for any rider to hang in the race. Kevin Depasse hung strong in the main pack and lead the charge for the Hoosiers by finishing in 21st.

All and all, it was a great start to the season for the Hoosiers and things are only looking up for the squad as they progress into the season. The next race on tap is Mizzou this coming weekend. The schedule has a very challenging road race in store for the riders on Saturday with a series of TTT and ITT events on Sunday. Great job to all those that competed at LWC and good luck to those traveling to Mizzou!

Full results from this past weekend can be found here.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Women's Training Race

A message from Women's Coach, Randi Cox.

Hello, Ladies!

Okay, it’s that time again. The first collegiate road racing weekend is the weekend of the 25th, so let’s make sure we’re ready for it. We’ll do a practice race this Saturday at noon, meeting at the Sample Gates. This is truly a come one, come all event--anyone interested in racing should come check it out! If you’ve never raced before, this is your chance to see what it’s like. And if you are an experienced racer, here’s a chance to remind yourself what racing feels like. Regardless of your experience level, it’s an opportunity to get out there with your IU teammates for a great workout.

We typically do a lap of the Forest (down Bean Blossom), though last year we did an out-and-back on 446 (due to ice on Bean Blossom). Either way, it will be familiar roads so no one gets lost, as this is not a no-drop ride...but we will all ride out together to the starting point. Attacking is welcome, as is teamwork…so come ready to race! And of course, if you have a longer ride scheduled that day, you could always add on afterward.

This weekend’s forecast looks decent, but if Saturday's weather is crazy for some reason, we’ll reschedule for Sunday at noon. Please email me at with any questions.

Come on out!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Collegiate Cyclocross Nationals Recap

Ashton Wischmeier was the sole representative of Indiana University at the 2012 Collegiate Cyclocross Nationals. Ashton finished in 31st in Division 1 USAC collegiate race. Congratulations on a successful Cyclocross season Ashton!

Ashton wrote a recap of his personal experience at this years nationals event:

"Collegiate nationals - Madison, Wisconsin

Arriving two days before the start of the collegiate race I witnessed the course change daily in appearance and in difficulty. It ranged from having several inches of mud to being covered in frozen ruts that were several inches deep.

I arrived at the course at 7:45 the morning of the race to get in a final few practice laps before the start. It was 20 degrees outside and the course was extremely rough and unforgiving. The course was already one of the most challenging of the season with little room to recover in between climbs and other barriers, but the addition of 5 inch deep ruts covering every inch of the course not covered in asphalt made it extremely difficult to control the direction the bike wanted to travel in. These ruts were the reason for a few errors on my part. They were all too willing to send me into the stakes lining the course. The biting cold also presented a challenge. It seemed to be impossible to wear enough embro and winter clothing while warming up and waiting for the start.

The race itself was extremely fast with a great field from across the nation in attendance. This being my second race of the weekend after the u23 race the day before, I knew what to expect as far as tempo went, but the conditions of the course were entirely different. In about fifteen hours the course had went from several inches of mud to being frozen solid. By the finish i was extremely exhausted and satisfied with my efforts between the two days.

I finished the weekend with a 29th place finish in the u-23 race and 31st in the division 1 collegiate race.



Friday, January 20, 2012

Spring Call Out!

Hope everyone is enjoying their semester so far! We will be having out spring call-out meeting on Monday January 23rd at 9pm at the Wilcox House. At the meeting, we will be going over the plans for travel, hotels, entry fees, etc… for the spring road season that kicks off at Lindsey Wilson on February 25th/26th. For the full road schedule, please visit the IU Cycling webpage. If you intend to race this spring, please attend this meeting. If you haven't already, you'll be able to sign waivers, pay dues, and purchase and IUCC Kit at the conclusion of the meeting (you will not be allowed to race if you haven't signed a waiver and payed dues!)

Also, dont' forget to renew/purchase your USAC Collegiate license! Be sure to select Indiana University-Bloomington as your club!

That is all we have for now. As always, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us! Looking forward to seeing everyone at the meeting!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Spring Road Schedule!

It's that time of year! The road season kicks off in a little less than 2 months and MWCCC has released the following schedule:

February 25/26 Lindsey Wilson
March 3/4 Mizzou
March 17/18 Lindenwood (also part of NCCCC season)
March 24/25 Ohio State
March 31/April 1 Michigan/Michigan State
April 7 Marian (with Easter April 8)
April 14/15 Purdue
April 21/22 Notre Dame (Regionals)

Please be sure to keep an eye out on your e-mail, the website, and the IUCC twitter for an announcement regarding the upcoming meeting where we will provide additional information about the upcoming road season as well as provide an opportunity to sign waiver, pay dues, and purchase IUCC clothing!