Sep 29, 2010


Cross Worlds- It's the only game in town right now. 6pm at the tailgate fields. If anyone puts together a regular wednesday road ride then let me know and I'll throw the details up here.

Speaking of cross- it was the first of the NAtional USGP races in Madison last weekend and some of the locals rocked up to take on the big boys. One of the those big boys is becoming Ryan Knapp ( who placed 11th on saturday and 18th sunday. Solid work! Apparently he's now 'ranked' 15th in the Nation! As ever great photos from USGP at Caitlin's blog.

Bloomingcross is a little over 2 weeks away (oct 17th) and will be featuring one of the Kona 'twin-towers', Barry Wicks doing a clinic on saturday morning. Will be a lot of fun, especially watching Knapp defending the home turf against Wicks and Sherer!

Sep 28, 2010

Pics from Track champs

Some IU-centric pics by Julianna Rice. Look for the cohesion of the team sprint squad!

Sep 27, 2010

IUDM Torch Ride

From Amy Dickman-
60 Miles to Save a Child~
October 23rd Riley Hospital for Children à Bloomington
Dear Riders,
On Saturday, October 23rd, IUDM will be hosting its 5th annual Torch Ride, a cycling event, from Riley Hospital for Children to Bloomington. Each year this event is a centerpiece of the IUDM experience, serving as a ride in honor of Ashley Crouse, an IUDM Vice President who passed away in a car accident on campus in 2005. Her brother, Charlie Crouse, will lead the pack of cyclists from Riley Hospital to Bloomington, while carrying a torch that will ultimately be placed at the marathon as a reminder of Ashley's legacy and dedication to IU Dance Marathon and the children at Riley.
IUDM works year-round to raise funds and awareness for Riley Hospital for Children. Since it began, the IU Dance Marathon has raised more than $8.5 million for Riley Hospital for Children, which built and continues to support the Ryan White Infectious Disease Center. If you click here, you can learn more about IUDM and the Center it has built.
We will be leaving Bloomington at 7:00am and will be providing transportation for riders and their bikes up to Indianapolis for the start of the ride at 9:00am. We will be using this route to make our way back down to Bloomington: The cost for participation will be $30, which includes lunch.

Riders can register by filling out the attached form and turning it into the IUDM office Suite 572 in the Union or by signing up online at

Help make a difference today and gather your friends and teammates to join in on this amazing event! For more information please visit or email for questions!
For the Kids and ALC,
Jason Ferree Leslie Brentlinger
Director of Special Events Torch Ride Chair

Sep 26, 2010

Chapeau Eric, Chapeau IU

A fantastic Collegiate Track Champs finished in the best possible style as Eric Young claimed both Points race and Overall Individual Omnium whilst IU got onto the podium in 5th place in the Team Omnium. It was better than anyone could of imagined and was a testament to both individual and collective hardwork.
Of course the plaudits must go to Eric Young who has yet to find a cycling mountain he cannot climb. A rider alone against 29 others in the Points race, he utterly dominated by getting in the big move then marking the aggression of Rob Bush, David Williams (Marian) and Oscar Clark (Georgia State) to pick up the points he needed for a comfortable win. Winning the final sprint was the cherry on top and the sign of a true showman! The quality of Collegiate cycling was highlighted by the fact Clark (Mountain Khakis), Bush (Garmin), Williams (Bissell), JAckie Simes (Jamis) and Young (??) are all Pros or should-be-pros.

Gametime (photo- Chris West)

Elsewhere on the final day Hannah Calvert qualified 8th in the Women's Sprint and after a loss in the first round was looking good to progress through the repecharge. However a rider from Colorado State moved off her line during the sprint to bring Hannah down at 35mph- resulting in a broken collar bone. The CSU rider was DQed which was of little consolation to Hannah! For all of Eric's great work the difference between IU on and off the podium actually came during the Calvert crash as the points gap between the two teams was greatest in IU's favor in the Women's Sprint.
Success in the Team competition comes from having individual excellence and quality in both Mens and Womens squads. The Womens TP and the Co-ed team sprint were equally valuable contributors to the solid 5th overall.
Otherwise Marian University dominated all the team events with their amazingly talented squad. Adam Leibovitz (1st kilo, 1st pursuit, 4th sprint) and Kaitlin Antonneau (1st points, 2nd pursuit ,5th 500m) on any other year would have won individual titles.
5th overall- solid

Marian will be bidding to host the championships again next year and hopefully there will be larger stronger IU group ready to challenge Marian, MSU and Fort Lewis for the top placing.

Sep 25, 2010


You may not have heard if you don't read the twitter feed but Eric Young is the champ. Check out Jim Kirkham's video of the race. Sorry about the announcer!

Elsewhere Eric was 3rd in the Kilo and the Womens Team Pursuit finished 4th and the Team Sprint came 6th. Plenty of photos will soon appear on FB and elsewhere but check this link for my favorite so far. One more day of competition to come and IU are 6th overall with hopes of moving up to the podium place on the last day featuring Womens Sprint, Mens Team Pursuit and Mens Points race.

Sep 22, 2010

It's GO TIME!!

Tracks champs start tomorrow AM with Scott Catanzaro riding the 4k pursuit at around 11.30am and Kristen Metherd in the 3K in the 4th heat of the day at 9.15am. We might not have the resources of Marian but thanks to Chris Beck, Guy East, Jason Fowler and others we're pretty well set for carbon. Everyone on the team will be rolling smooth- Ashley Pilipisyn's bike may be the first Little 500 frame to roll with deep section front and rear disc!!


A few people have sent me this link so I'll throw it up. Some top tri-dude has a 'Cutters' T-shirt on likely not knowing anything about the race. The Cutters are SOOOO commercial these days I'll be expecting to see even the rookies rolling up the track in Escalades next february.

Moonlight MTB race

Over at Southwestway park in Indianapolis this Saturday evening. Register on Truesport here. Starts at 11pm!

Even more IU..

After the final pre-race meeting for the track team there is now even more IU to come and cheer over the next few days! Hannah Calvert will be joining Kristen and Ashley in the 500m TT on thursday evening and the guys have stepped up to enter Team Pursuit (Harbison, West, Young, Catanzaro) on Saturday morning. It might be the most technically challenging event but IU will rock up to the start line with exactly zero prep....and smash it!

Sep 21, 2010

Wednesday worlds

Final 'official' WW of the year rolls on out to 446 circuit. Meet 6pm Sample Gates, out at the course at 6.30pm. It's close to home so shouldn't be any issues with darkness...perhaps we'll cut the laps as well for a rapid fire workout.

CX worlds- 6pm at the tailgate fields.

Props to Jake R

You'll have seen that there is a new US Pro Road champ as Ben King rode 120 miles off the front to win! Indy resident and fan of the hills of Brown and Monroe county Jake Rytlewski finished in the chase group sprinting for 2nd! Nice ride!
Picture from

Sep 20, 2010

Other CX races are available....

There is life beyond the OVCX which takes a break this weekend. There is a cross race in Zionsville IN on Saturday morning- The Traders Point CX Race. Sign up on Truesport. What an ideal day you could have on saturday- go race CX and then call into the velodrome to watch the Collegiate track champs!

Kings Cross

Round 1 of the OVCX is in the books with a horde of riders competing over the weekend in Cincy. Some good Bloomington success from Erik Hamilton, Fred Rose, Liz Cobb, Sarah Fredrickson (all riding for the expanded, Ryan Kiel and others I'm sure I have missed. Results from saturday and sunday here.
Hamilton in action on saturday (photo- Caitlin Coar).
Further afield Ryan Knapp and Mike Sherer were battling in the UCI rated Charm Cross in Baltimore. Solid resuts for the chaps as they build their early season form toward the awesome UCI Cincy weekend!
Knapp was 5th on Saturday (from Ryan's twitter.)

Sep 18, 2010

Come Support IU Track Team!

Next weekend is Collegiate Track Nationals in Indianapolis! Come out to support your favorite IU riders! Dean Peterson (Marian Head Coach) mentioned there is going to be a party atmosphere in at the track with special International food festival on friday night and a bunch of stuff going on Saturday evening. Thanks again to Scholars Inn for helping out with entry fees!
The full schedule can be found here but the IU riders that are featuring are-

Thu AM
4k Pursuit- Scott Catanzaro
3k Pursuit- Kristen Metherd

Thu PM-
Kilo- Sam Harbison, Chris West, Eric Young
500m TT- Ashley Pilipiszyn, Metherd

Fri AM-
Team Sprint- Metherd, Hannah Calvert, Harbison, Catanzaro, West, Young
Mens Sprint Quals- Young, West
Womens Team Pursuit- Calvert, Pilipiszyn, Metherd, Rachel Fullmer

Fri PM
Team Sprint FINAL (2 teams- hopefully IU+ one other)
Mens Sprint finals
Womens Points Race- Metherd
Sat AM-
Mens Points Race quals- West, Young
Womens Sprint- Calvert

Sat PM-
Mens Points race Final
Womens Sprint Final

And yes Kristen Metherd is the biggest IU participant (the max 5 events!)

Sep 17, 2010

Gesink wins.

This is a week old but a good example of not to quit until you feel their hot breath on your neck!

Friday Social Ride

From Justin Keene- Since Ryan is on his way up to some 'cross races, I'll be the one to send out the email blast about the Friday social ride.

Same time (3:30 pm) from Sample Gates. We will go for somewhere between 30-45 depending on the group and what everyone wants to do.

If you have any questions, feel free to call me, 806-543-8518.


This looks like a pretty interesting docu-series about the Peanut-butter and Co/2012 Womens Pro team. More to follow...

The Heat is On - Ep 1 "Getting it Done" from Jim Fryer/BrakeThrough Media on Vimeo.

This team has big goals of bringing the Olympic title to the US in 2012 but it's a shame they'll be crushed by Team UK!

Velodrome Racing

Come on up to Major Taylor Velodrome tonight for the last day of racing before Collegiate Track Nationals next week. All the IU Squad will be racing including the inaugural attempt at the Team Sprint. Racing starts at 7.30pm with events for Cat3s, Womens and then Pro/1/2s.

Sep 15, 2010

OVCX Starts...

..this weekend in Cincinatti. It's 90F out and doesn't feel like Cyclocross weather but it's time to get out on (hard-packed) dirt. Don't break anything!

Monroe County HC

A good group showed up to battle up Lentz Road on the new course for the Monroe County HC. It was the fourth winner in as many years with Erik Hamilton talking his first victory in new colors (other winners have been Sherer, Shei and Shanahan). It was a much shorter effort than the Pinegrove climb but there were no TT bikes in evidence and there were some 1minute max power efforts made by both Hamilton and second placed Jon Atwell. Fred Rose was third overall and won the Over30s trophies whilst Randi Cox (Women) and Jake Tudorica (Frat-star) won the other categories. It was great to see a few new riders out there including the Air Force L5 team. Special props to Perry Griffith who was riding on his 50th- not how I should spend my birthday!
Name, Place
Erik Hamilton 1.43
Jon Atwell 1.48
Fred Rose 1.54
Scott Catanzaro 1.56
Trey Richardson 1.56
Bob Lite 2.05
Chris Wood 2.06
Ryan Preske 2.09
Paul Levy 2.1
Jake Tudorica 2.14
Drew Stroshine 2.19
Zach Stine 2.22
Julian Landono 2.24
Chris Bonham 2.25
Nick Panozzo 2.31
Jeff Yoder 2.35
Adrian Gutierrez2.36
Robert Johnson 2.38
Jeremy Levin 2.4
Randi Cox 2.43
Justin Keene 2.47
Perry Griffith 2.55





Cross worlds at 6pm at the Tailgate fields. Dodge the glass and chase Ryan Knapp!

Regular Worlds at Sample Gates at 6pm- Buskirk-Paragon Loop. I may not be there. I'd advise coming directly in on Old37 and not going through the Forest as it's gonna get dark!

Womens Ride at 5.30pm at the Gates.

Sep 14, 2010


Come ride, I didn't buy these to have 2 people to compete for them! The weather will be great for it. Sign up from 6.15pm, first rider at 6.30pm!

Sep 13, 2010

Monroe County HC- Tomorrow!

The Trophies are getting engraved and the tension is mounting! Tomorrow (tuesday 14th) is the Monroe Couty HC champs out on Lentz Road. A half mile of pain for the chance to be best overall, best female, best over 30 and/or best frat! Sign up at the base of the hill from 6.15 with first rider going off around 6.30pm. Will be fun!

Sep 11, 2010

IU Track Team on FB

Check it out! First event on Sept 23rd!

Sep 9, 2010

Monroe County Hill Climb champs- Sept 14th.

The Monroe COunty Hill Climbs champs are NEXT tuesday Sept 14th out on Lentz road (which is the hill the other side of the valley from Boltinghouse). Come sign up by 6.15pm and the first rider goes off at 6.30pm. It's basically at uphill TT of less than half a mile. Riders go off every 30seconds and the fastest overall, fastest female, fastest over 30 and fastest fratboy will all win a trophy (pictures to follow) and some of this selection of goodies (supplied by Sarah Sanders and the Soma/Laughing Planet/Village Deli). We had over 30 riders last year so lets try and beat that record in 2010!

Cross is here!

The Midwest Cyclocross season kicks off this coming weekend with a new event in Starlight Indiana (close to Louisville). The Huber Cross races on saturday and sunday kick off 4 months of racing on the dirt in this increasingly popular winter version of bike racing. The team will be representing Bloomington in full effect with Ryan Knapp, Erik Hamilton and Fred Rose all wearing their colors this year. Our local cross highlight for the season is the Bloomingcross weekend which is scheduled october 16-17th.

Register for this weeknd TODAY here.

Sep 8, 2010


Wednesday Worlds, meet at 6pm at the Sample Gates. Due to lessening light we'll head out Old37-Anderson Road-North Shore-South Shore with the usual finish on Robinson road. Next week lets plan to meet at 5.30pm.

Cross Worlds at 6pm at the Tailgate Fields.

2hr steady Womens ride at 5.30pm at the Sample Gates.

Sep 7, 2010

Forest TT- 09/07/10

The final TT of the year had a solid turnout of over 20 riders including a pack of Cutters! After an excellent half-ironman debut over the weekend, Jonathan Atwell used his late season form to win the day and take home the BBC gift card! Arguably most impressive ride came from Kevin Depasse who also used some tri-form to log a 23.02 on a road bike with TT bars. Elsewhere Mindi Balchan was the fastest lady and she also had the best improvement on the year to win prizes from BBC and Soma! Ren-jay Shei set a solid Merckxx TT with a 20min max power effort to improve from his worst time of the year by the largest amount (Laughing Planet gift card). Another great year of time trialing so thanks to all who have timed and mostly to Sarah Sanders who's the driving force behind the series!
Name, Time
Jonathan Atwell 22.25
Kevin Depasse 23.02
Ren-jay Shei 23.26
Scott Catanzaro 23.41
Clayton Feldman 23.49
Myron Lewis 24.05
Tom Cox 24.12
Zack Lusk 24.2
Jake Tudorica 24.44
Sam Harbison 24.54
Ryan Preske 24.56
RJ Half 25.24
Chris Arvin 25.27
Bob Lite 25.46
Brad Koszula 26.39
Team Big Half Cox 26.41
Mindi Balchan 27
David Shirley 27.03
Sam Stanford 27.22
Nick Panozzo 27.35
Jeff Yoder 28.35
Keegan Allanson 28.44
Eric 'Bro' Klein 28.57
Claire Troutman 30.03
Mindi Balchan
Jon Atwell

Sep 6, 2010

Tuesday TT

The final 10 mile TT of the season is tomorrow night in the Forest starting at 7pm. Junction of old 37 and Forest Road. If you're going to ride out there then put a light on as it'll be getting pretty dark by the time you ride home. A group usually rolls out of the rear of BGI at 6pm.
Prizes!!! Sarah Sanders has put together a bunch of prizes from some local business- Soma, Laughing Planet and the Village Deli for-
- Tomorrow's winners (Male and Female)
- Those with the best improvement on the year- tomorrows time versus an earlier time in the year (done on a comparable bike, male and female).

There'll be a very brief prize presentation after the races so I hope lots of people come out and ride.

Jens Says- Go Cutters!

Is there no end to the love?

From Jason Fowler (of course)

Keeping it rolling on

The @NUVOcycling team had a great year so far with big wins for Eric Young and big podiums for amongst other Jonathan Jacob at Masters Nationals (3 silver medals). Over the weekend it was these two riders, ably supported by Schaeffer and Luzadder, who were getting superb results over at the Gateway Cup in St Louis. The fields were of high quality with over 120 Cat1/2s including local P-R-O Brad Huff and current US Pro Crit champ Daniel Holloway (@the_Hollywood). Even with these fields Jacob and Young went an amazing 1st and 3rd on not one day but two consecutive days. On Saturday at St Louis Hills, Jacob rode away from a high quality break on the final two laps to win solo whilst Young beat Holloway in the sprint for 3rd. Then on Sunday at the 'The Hill' Jacob got in a two man break with Rob Bush (Kenda) and likely ditched him on the final lap for another solo win. Young then won the sprint for third! These crit courses are hard but getting to the finish solo is almost unheard of so clearly Jacob is riding like a monster atm.
I'm sorry I didn't see the sprint yesterday as it's a 40mph downhill drag-race that would have been fun to watch. There no better way to get a contract with a Pro team than to beat the US Pro Crit champ in a straight up sprint....twice!
Photos- Harry Clark

Lots of Riders!

The Finish (by Harry Clark)
ps Interesting that Holloway rips Young on Twitter for celebrating this 3rd place on Sunday- 'Lol to the guy who raised his hands for 3rd. How could you not know anyone was off the front?' I guess they don't go much for appreciating team-mates at Bissell!

Sep 2, 2010

The Battle

A healthy group of maybe 15 riders rocked up to ride the Battle of Boltinghouse! The median age must of been in the 50s and it was difficult to say whether the creaking on the steepest part of the hill was the bikes or the knees! Cat 3 racer Ryan Preske took an early lead but after a couple of laps young BBCer Nathan Dailey took control of the event. While Ryan solidly plowed up the climb, Nathan was weaving from side to side yet managed to maintain a good distance ahead to finish with 14 (maybe 15) ascents. Nice job to all who competed and jolliest riders were Jeff Yoder and Dave Tanner who pedaled those granny gears with some ease up the hill!

Battle of Boltinghouse TODAY

Screw football go ride Boltinghouse 15 times!

Sep 1, 2010

Little 500 2011- Same as it ever was, same as it ever was

It’s time for the much anticipated pre-season Little 500 rankings (see 2009 version here)! The summer road season is winding down and the Fall Cycling Series is just around the corner so who’s going to win next April? To be honest there’s not much change to be seen in 2011. It’s difficult to look further than the 2010 winners as favorites for the next race. With barely 10 female riders on any team having competed over the summer and returning four riders, Teter are going to be very difficult to beat. On the Mens side many smarter judges than I have commented that Eric Young maybe the most talented L5/ road rider since Wayne Stetina and will have a massive target on his back….something I’m sure he can deal with.

Mens Race- April 16th 2011

Cutters- 3/2 favorites. Four time winners and Young’s improvement should make up for the huge lost of Feldman. Whatever, we’ve talked about them enough.
Beta- 11/2. A year stronger than 2010 with rejuvenated house support. Their cockiness has worked for them so far!
Sigma Chi- 13/2. No longer dark horses. Fish and Morrow will be a one-two punch to match any other team.
Gray Goat- 7/1. Only one Kiel this year but his dedication is tattooed for all to see. RJ Half will be a good replacement for the other Kiel.
PDT- 7/1. Sharp and West return with some good talent waiting to fill the big shoes of Sovinski and Burnworth.
FIJI- 8/1. A mysterious team and that will surely ride the wave of their incredible comeback in 2010. If only they’d kept going……
DTD- 10/1- Somewhat of a surprise last year and their progress will depend on who they can add to support Stuart and Coudright.
BKB- 12/1- Shei and Quay are huge losses and they’ll struggle to regain the heights of the past few years.
Phi Psi 12/1- Only the quality of the program keeps them so high as they lose Brown and Mercer. Miles Johnson will take up some of the slack but not sure it’ll be enough for the podium.
Hoosier Climber 14/1- The anti-establishment favorites with some good athletes and excellent preparation. Looking to stay as a top ten team.
Delta Chi 14/1. Now in the ATO-house and this program is only going in one direction. Do they have the riders to match their ambition.
Sigma Nu- 18/1- Big surprise of last year and should continue to improve.
DU- 20/1- Replacing DRR will be difficult but they have a good list of rookies that hopefully can step into the breach.
The Field- 25/1. Who will be the 2011 Beta?

Womens Race- April 15th 2011

Teter- 2/1 favorites
. Returning 4 riders and CvK won’t get any weaker. Got a deserved win after knocking on the door for the past few years. Have the potential to become the XX-Cutters!
AGD- 5/1. Huge 2nd place in 2010 and may have a legit race winner in Mindi Balchan. Always there or thereabout and maybe ready to take that final step.
DG- 6/1. Not much to report over the summer but return 3 strong girls and are now have a bonafide Little500 program. Losing Half will be difficult but she’ll still be in town to train and motivate.
Army- 6/1. Will hopefully avoid a horror wreck and look set to step up into the top three. Calvert has been one of the top riders over the summer and will look to take that forward into the spring.
Pi Phi- 8/1. Caroline Brown returns for a fifth year and needs a little more support to be in the running at the end. If she’s there then the battle between her and CvK will be on for the ages!
Wing-it 9/1. Another year stronger for this developing program with some talented and hard working riders. Need to develop a finisher to compete for the podium.
Kappa- 10/1. Self-professed spring-time riders who could compete for the win with a little extra dedication. Always have great talent and a fantastic support network.
Theta- 12/1- Most uncertain year for Theta in the last decade. Dickman will be a top 5 rider but can she motivate the rookies (with the help of in-town grads Metherd and Axley)?
Gamma Phi- 12/1. An enigmatic team who had bad luck last year. With more support Arnesen might take this team to the podium but she has yet to show her talent at the front on race day.
Kappa Delta- 18/1. Loss of Balbach will be difficult to overcome but her sister will improve and they have a solid program in place.
The Field- 25/1. Every other team has a ceiling of the top ten.

Hopefully these mis-conceived thoughts can be bulletin-board material to inspire some teams to challenge the favorites!