2017 Qualifications
5th Apr 2017Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts 1
2017 Qualifications

Last year I stood on the fence in the cold 8:00 A.M. morning and watched as our team took the track for the 2016 qualifications run. I took note of all the preparation that day, how focused the team was, and how well they did. I knew I would be in this place someday and tried to take it all in.

One year later I found myself standing in the center of the track waiting for John Hyndman to bring the exchange in to me for my first Qualifications run. After finishing my lap, I knew we were set up to finish with a fast time, and as Jack McNamara crossed the finish line we looked at the scoreboard that read “2:24” we knew it was a job well done. Below is a recap of how we got to this point.

A fast and smooth run for the team.

2017 qualifications was different than the last 5 years for Beta Cycling. Instead of waking up at 5:00 A.M. to prep for an 8:00 A.M. attempt, our team woke up at a comfortable 8:30 in the morning for a noon attempt. There was uncertainty about drawing a later time in the afternoon, but since we were slotted near Black Key Bulls, 3PH, and Forest, we knew we would be pushed harder having those teams around.

The morning started with breakfast at Joe and John’s place where we were greeted by former Beta cyclist Tom Laser ’13. His calming presence helped us get into the zone and gain confidence before heading to the warmup. After breakfast, we headed out on a short road spin joined by former rider Kyle Knight ’16 and current freshman rider Sam Hagedorn ’20. The road spin was calm and we were confident it would be a good day.

After the spin we got ready back at Beta. Luckily the party was in the backyard so we were able to avoid the chaos and departed for the track around 11:00 A.M. For our track warmup, we set up in turn 2 and waited while competitive teams such as BKB and Forest completed their runs. None of us knew the times prior to when we got there, but based off the runs of the teams around us and the condition of the track, we assumed times would be slightly slower.

At 12:00 P.M. we had finished our warm up and took the track. Before the run started we looked up at the times we needed to beat. We saw SAE in first with a 2:22, Sig Ep in second with a 2:25, and Sigma Chi in third with a 2:26. We were confident that if we had a clean run we could land ourselves in the top 3, and that’s exactly what we did.

Post Quals base ride through western Bloomington.

The run started with Senior Joe Laughlin. He threw down a blistering first lap and gave the bike to John in a smooth clean exchange. After John’s lap, it was time to exchange to me. If there was any doubt in our run it was this exchange. It was the only non-clean one in our practice attempt, and we knew if we nailed this one, we would be home free. Fortunately we were able to have a fast clean exchange to me and it was then off to the third lap. After my lap, I came in and exchanged with Junior, Jack McNamara and he was off to the races. We ended up with a finishing time of 2:24.005 and moved into second place, a position we held for the rest of the day.

We were extremely thrilled about the result, but knew our work wasn’t done. After our qualification, we headed out on a 45 mile ride with Beta Cycling alum AJ Sood ’16 to continue the hard work, while keeping in mind the real important day of April 22, 2017.

Now that it is all said and done, I can honestly say riding in qualifications was an unbelievable experience, but I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the support of my teammates, our alumni, and our fans.

On behalf of Beta Cycling, we would like to thank all of our donors and supporters this year. With race day right around the corner, we will be purchasing race day parts and gear. Any support helps us out greatly, and we are very appreciative.

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Colten Renier

One Response

  1. Scott Renier says:

    Cool insights on the inner workings. Goes to show how sacrifice, discipline and plain ole’ hard work pay off.

    Best of luck to Beta Cycling.

    Go get em!

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