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Fall Series Recap
1st Nov 2013Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts 0
Fall Series Recap

As the weather turns from warm to cool and the leaves start to fall, the 2013-2014 Beta Cycling team is getting ready to start their structured training regimen. Over the past few months I’ve had the pleasure of making biweekly trips down to Bloomington to show these guys the ropes, and it has been awesome to watch them come together as a team. The transition from rider to coach has been an interesting one, but I’m having a blast and am so glad I’m able to stay involved. The pundits are already writing off our squad as a bunch of clueless rookies, but I can assure you that these guys are doing everything they can to wear those yellow jerseys with pride come April.

Chris and Joe on Shilo

Chris and Joe on Shilo

The 2013 Little 500 Fall Series took place last weekend and served as a nice assessment of our team’s current fitness level. The first event was a 4-lap individual time trial (ITT), where we saw some pretty solid results as 77 competitors took on the loose track. In their first ever attempts at the 4-lap discipline, AJ (47th), Joe (24th), and Kyle (13th) were all very impressive. The best result of the day came from Chris, who showed off his experience in sneaking into the top 10.

Street sprints, which featured “drag racing down Kirkwood,” were a bit of a crapshoot as always. Some rookie mistakes (showing up 5 minutes before a heat, tinkering with seat heights the day of) got things started off on a pretty bad foot, but like with all events this year, the key is going to be learning from those mistakes. Chris and Kyle were able to do just that, showing up plenty early for Sunday’s cyclocross event to pre-ride the course and adjust tire pressure. Despite a few unfortunate crashes, the duo finished in a solid 7th place out of the 32 registered teams.

In the overall standings the squad ended up in 7th place with 87 points, just 16 points off of 3rd place. Hats off to Jacob Miller and the Black Key Bulls, who swept all 3 events. It’d be easy to look back and say “oh if this had gone better” or “man I could have gone a little faster,” but what’s done is done. The goals for the weekend were to get the competitive juices flowing, have some fun, and see how we stacked up. Clearly we’re right in the mix of things, and if these guys take the next 6 months seriously, there’s no reason we can’t be competitive on race day.

Hoping for no speeding tickets this time around

Hoping for no speeding tickets this time around

Looking ahead, we’ll once again be making the trip down to Panama City Beach, FL from January 4th-13th. After last year’s dream trip, I think we’ve finally found the perfect venue for our winter training and can’t wait to be down there with the guys. Aside from that, however, our training room is in dire need of some upgrading. Housing board was kind enough last year to set aside one of the larger rooms in the house to be used as a dedicated training center, so we’re looking to replace our 4/5-year old rollers and create a semi-permanent training environment. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated!

Even more importantly, mark your calendars for April 26th, 2014, where we will celebrate not only the one year anniversary of our 2013 victory, but also the 50th anniversary of the 1964 team’s dominance. We’re hoping to have as many Betas as possible in Bill Armstrong Stadium rooting on the squad, so start making arrangements now!

Be sure to follow along with the team on this site, Facebook, and Twitter over the next few months. The Little 500 is a crazy race, and with the right preparation, anything can happen once that green flag drops.

in _kai_
Eric Anderson
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