Rookie Week Kickoff
11th Feb 2013Posted in: Blog 0
Rookie Week Kickoff

With the start of Rookie Week tomorrow, there are only 69 days left until April 20th.  Fresh off a great week of training that even included a ride with alumni coaches John Grant (’03) and Erik Kiser (’10), we are maintaining Laser-like focus on the 63rd Running of the Men’s Little 500.  It was great to reconnect with both John and Kiser throughout a long day in the saddle while showcasing fitness and experience developed in the “off season.”

As Kiser would say, this year’s Beta Cycling program is five years in the making.  In addition to the 2012 race team and sophomore Chris Craig returning, we have six rookies taking to the track for the first time.  This injection of talent will add great value to the legacy of our program after Eric Anderson, Matt Green, Tom Laser, and myself graduate in May.

With an increase in human capital, our team is ramping up efforts for the annual capital contribution campaign. Our race calendar is looking very ambitious this spring, and any financial aid would greatly help with travel expenses.  Having more mouths to feed dramatically increases the number of rollers/trainers we need to have at track times and our planned costs for the upcoming spring break training camp as well.  To help jump start this fundraising, Robert Laser has generously offered to match any donations up to $1,000!!!!

Here’s a rough look at our race calendar for the spring:

February 22nd: Category 4/5 Fast Friday (Bloomington, IN)
February 23rd/24th: Lindsey Wilson (Columbia, KY)
March 1st: Category 1/2/3 Fast Friday (Bloomington, IN)
March 2nd/3rd: Depauw (Greencastle, IN)
March 8th: Category 4/5 Fast Friday (Bloomington, IN)
March 9th: Long Run Park Circuit Race (Louisville, KY)
March 10th-15th: Spring Break Training Camp (Bloomington, IN)
March 16th/17th: The Tour of St. Louis Omnium (St. Louis, MO)
March 23rd: Qualifications (Bloomington, IN)
March 29th: Category 1/2/3 Fast Friday (Bloomington, IN)
March 30th: Marian (Indianapolis, IN)
April 3rd: ITTs (Bloomington, IN)
April 5th: Category 4/5 Fast Friday (Bloomington, IN)
April 6th: Miss ‘n Out (Bloomington, IN)
April 12th: Category 1/2/3 Fast Friday (Bloomington, IN)
April 13th: Team Pursuit (Bloomington, IN)
April 13th: Purdue (West Lafayette, IN)
April 14th: Notre Dame (South Bend, IN)
April 20th: 63rd Running of the Men’s Little 500 (Bloomington, IN)

If you’ll be in the area for any of those events, or just want to come spend a day at the track/on the road with us, let us know!

Interest and support from Pi Chapter actives has never been greater.  As a senior, I’m proud to see the evolution of the team and to be able to leave my mark.  This is the year of Beta Theta Pi, please join us for the ride and be part of Pi Chapter history.

in _kai_
William Kragie

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