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2015 Hilly Hundred
21st Oct 2015Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts 0
2015 Hilly Hundred

One year ago, we decided to ride with the Phi Delta Theta team on the first day of the Hilly Hundred. Unknown to us at that time, Phi Delt historically uses the Hilly as an opportunity to race the course and flex their legs in front of their alumni, much different than what we were hoping to get out of the day.

Enjoying being back in Bloomington

Enjoying being back in Bloomington

At that time, I had only trained for a summer while living in Fort Wayne and the few months of being in Bloomington. As a result, I struggled up the hills and it ended up being a long day on the bike.

A year has now gone by, and the results were drastically different. After a year of riding on the hills in Bloomington, and an additional summer in Fort Wayne riding with the local teams up there, my fitness is improved ten fold. I endured long training rides with the Fort Wayne locals, and raced as many times as possible over the summer.Tallying up nearly twenty races, I emerged from summer with stronger legs than I had during the Little 500 season. Entering this year Hilly Hundred, I felt much more prepared and excited to take on the challenging course of the Hilly.

Beta Cycling alumni, Rob Stiehl, came down for the weekend and made sure to let all of us riders know he too rode a fair amount during the year. We met Rob at the fraternity at 9:30 in morning and were off to the Hilly course from there.From the very first climb to the last, he was leading the charge up the hills. We rode to the course, powered through the 53-miles and over 3000 feet of climbing, and finished the day by riding back to the house to finish with nearly 75 miles on the day.

Fall rides are the best rides

Fall rides are the best rides

With the desire to get revenge from last year, we ended up finishing the course with a quicker pace.

As the Hilly passes, the team quickly turns towards the coming months as our primary training block is about to begin. We have gotten back to school and began putting miles on our legs, but the necessary work for a winning season lies ahead.

A special thank you to Rob Stiehl, Jon Nelson and various brothers for the generous donation in memory of Mark Stanley (-1871-) and continued celebration of 1981 intramural athlete of the year Bill Foy (-1854-)! Also we would like to personally thank Rob Stiehl for coming down and riding the Hilly Hundred with us this year, it is always a privilege to reconnect with alumni and hear stories of past great Betas!

Johnny “Bub” Hyndman

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