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How Things Have Changed
22nd Dec 2015Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts 0
How Things Have Changed

It’s hard to believe but here I am. A senior at Indiana University with a job offer on the table and a measly 6 months until graduation, my time here is nearly up. I came to IU in the fall of 2012 with my brother a senior in Beta not knowing what laid ahead for me in the next four years.

Just A Bunch of Rookies

Just A Bunch of Rookies

Between all the people I met, and organizations I became a part of, only two things remained constant throughout my collegiate career. Being a member of Beta Theta Pi, and joining the greatest biking organization on campus, Beta Cycling. These two entities, and the people involved, have been my rock throughout all the other inconsistencies thrown at me during my college career. Now only one thing remains certain as I approach graduation, there is only one more shot for raising the Borg Werner trophy with my teammates and brothers.

 

When I began my cycling career during the summer between my freshmen and sophomore year, I knew very little about the sport. Riding an endurance bike with 3 center rings and wearing bib shorts on the roads of Bloomington, I had a lot to learn in such a short time. At the time Eric Anderson ’13 was in contact with us, Chris Craig, Joe Laughlin, AJ Sood, and myself, on a daily basis challenging us to learn something new about the sport every day. In one Little 500 season we transformed from Little 500 rookies, to a team living the lifestyle of a champion, capping it off with a qualification run of 8th and a chance at hosting the trophy.

Now the structure of our program has changed drastically. While Coach Anderson is still in contact with us on a weekly basis, sending us workout plans, and reminding us of the little things, i.e nutrition, sleep, rider development. It is now up to our veterans, Joe, AJ, and myself, to carry on the legacy of Beta Cycling. We have recruited 3 riders since I began my time with the program, John Hyndman joined us in Spring of 2014, Jack McNamara joined us last spring, and most recently a pledge, Colten Renirr, has started his 4 year cycling career. It is exciting to see new faces in the program, and know that the program will be strong for years to come. The long-term health of the program has never been so strong, and the praise goes to our generous alumni base and our coach the past three years Eric Anderson.

Beta Cycling 2016

Beta Cycling 2016

With all of the little stuff taken care of, there is one focus for this team as we approach winter and soon after the Little 500 season. We have recently jumped into our fall training and are gearing up for our annual trip to PCB. It’s been a very mild winter here in Bloomington which has allowed us to enjoy the roads later in the year than we are typically used to. As we prepare our bodies for our cycling trip we ask our donors two things. First, if you have any suggestions towards alumni outreach please email me at kfknight@umail.iu.edu, you are the backbone to our program and we strive to sustain and grow our relationship with each and every one of you. Second, we ask for donations, as the trip is one of our major expenses every year. Thank you all for your time and commitment to our program, it would not be as successful without your support. Look for our annual holiday card shortly after the conclusion of our trip, and our blog post recapping our yearly trip!

 

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Kyle Knight

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