Fall Series Recap
30th Oct 2012Posted in: Blog 0
Fall Series Recap

Building on some solid results over the course of the Tuesday Night Race Series, last weekend the Beta Cycling team participated in the annual Little 500 Fall Series Events. With a few illnesses and IU Dance Marathon taking place that weekend, we were not able to field as deep a team as we would have liked, but had a strong showing nonetheless.

The first event was on Thursday October 25th, a one-mile road time trial through the streets surrounding the tailgate fields. With an uphill start and a few very technical corners, our high level of experience in handling Little 5 bikes sure paid off. I was the last member of the team to go, but after seeing my teammates put up some great times, I was confident that I could do the same. My strategy was rather simple: go all out from the start through the top of the first climb, focus on staying upright through the downhill turns, and finish fast. Good enough for 5th place overall, I was very happy with myself. The rest of the team finished as follows: Rookie freshman Matthew Heppert in 50th, Vince Indiano 28th, Chris Craig 23rd, William Kragie 22nd, and Eric Anderson in 19th.

Navigating a tight corner

Friday was the annual Cyclocross event, which is a combination of mountain biking and road cycling. The course was set up within the tailgate fields, with a variety of sharp turns, hay bales to hurdle, and steep hills, all the more complicated considering the rainy conditions that day. The race was to consist of two teammates alternating laps for 30 minutes, plus one lap after that. Unfortunately though, my teammate Matt Green was very sick that day, and I was forced to find another partner. At the fields I saw close friend of Beta Miles Johnson, a Senior Rider for Phi Kappa Psi, searching for a partner, so he and I decided to join forces. From the start, it was clearly evident that Miles had a lot of experience in the Cyclocross realm, as he took a commanding lead on the first lap. He and I continued alternating laps over the course of the 30-minute race, extending our lead to nearly two minutes on our way to a solid victory. Although I know I pulled my own weight, I have to give the credit to Miles for making the win happen.

Saturday had been marked on my calendar since August. It was to be the Duathlon event, consisting of a one-mile run to Bill Armstrong Stadium, 8 laps on the track on a Little 5 bike, and then a 1.5-mile run around the football stadium finishing at the Hall of Champions Concourse. Having been a very adamant runner in high school, it would be an understatement to say that I was excited for this event. Through the first running leg, I stayed up front comfortably, knowing I would need some company on the track. Once on the bike, I jumped from pack to pack, getting some draft and opening up a bit of a lead before transitioning back to the final running leg. Once back on foot, I started to open up a gap. With some fast runners in the second heat, I knew I would need to keep up the pace hot all the way through the line to have a shot at winning the day. My efforts paid off thankfully, and despite winning my heat by well over a minute, I narrowly won the overall event by a margin of 3 seconds over former IU track and cross country runner Dan Kinn of Black Key Bulls. It was a very nostalgic day for me, and I was happy to represent Beta as well as I did.

Unfortunately, with all our conflicts, we were not able to participate in the Street Sprints Competition. However, the weekend gave us good insight into who to watch going forth. As we expected, our main competition in the spring will come from last year’s winners Delta Tau Delta, the Cutters, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and several other teams in what will undoubtedly be one of the deepest fields I’ve seen. Going forward, we are all highly motivated and ready to put in some big miles. With our trip to Panama City Beach, Florida quickly approaching, we are logging a lot of time on the bike and getting those base miles in. Thanks goes out to all of our supporters, we won’t let you down!

in _kai_
Tom Laser

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