Mar 31, 2011
Eric showed again that he is a class apart and why is it not a surprise to see a Cutter rookie in the top 5 of ITTs? Fiji show their quals run was just a miscalculation. All other top teams show solidly, with Beta ex-runner Tom 'pin-point' Laser throwing down a top ten time. PDT will be hoping Chris West makes a good recovery from his bust wrist as with him, PDT once again look to have the best strength in depth.
As expected CvK, Balchan and Brown are top of the tree (a comment below suggests Caroline's time was a little closer to CvKs. Any truth to that?) but with the Teter rider having much deeper support she won't have to do all the heavy lifting come race day. Theta once again have unearthed a gem in Chelminiak and DG with 3 in the top 13 show their qual run was far from a fluke.
Overall and as expected, very much a case of 'same as it ever was'.
Mar 30, 2011
Mar 28, 2011
1. Are Sigma Nu legit? They may have a rep for being weight-lifting meatheads who may be suited for quals but they did ride a good race to finish 8th last year so may be serious contenders. On the basis of 2010 ITTs no-one would have thought them a top ten team but they rode well above that. Once thing for certain is that they have big confidence..last year they went to a third qual attempt but rode with a swagger to easily qualify! I think a top 5 would be an amazing result for them.
2. Cutters rode as well as expected and seen to have a different attitude with Eric Young at the helm. A little more outward 'confidence' and truly playing up to being the supposed villains. It's no surprise they are gonna try and smash the race to pieces so can the other teams do anything about it!
3. Taking pole by over 3 seconds is an impressive feat and DG have put themselves firmly amongst the top contenders. I look forward to seeing how the 3rd and 4th riders do in the series events as the Kelseys showed last year that they can perform on race day.
4. Where the hell did DZ come from? 31st in quals and 25th in the race in 2010, they qualed 9th on saturday! That's a remarkable turnaround!
5. Interesting that Pi Phi chose a pit on the backstretch. They know they'll be the most watched team on race day given the number of laps Caroline will be riding. It seems like a sound strategy to get out of the way and do their own thing. Will it work out? One of the intriguing subplots of the week will be to see how the other Pi Phi girl's ride at ITTs. We all know Caroline will one of the top three riders on the track but will she have better support this year?
6. What's going on with Acacia and Fiji? I'll give the latter the benefit of the doubt that they were too cautious on their second attempt (at 8.30am) but they almost make a terminal cock-up. Acacia hasn't been a power in a few years and the alum must be 'interested' to see Tom S on the home stretch with the Sigma Chi.
7. The top four rows of the Mens field are a mix of the usual contenders and then a few teams new to such rarifed air. It'll be intriguing to see if Air Force, LAMP, CRU and the Evans Scholars can do the more difficult job of being race day performers rather than just four lap wonders. I'm liking CRU and HC? (difficult to judge form on a 3rd qual run) to be battling for the top 5.
8. What's up with ZBT? After the excitement of getting in the race last year missing out again this year is criminal. It really isn't that hard to get in if you do the training!
9. ITTs on Wednesday and for what it's worth-
Mens top 5 (in no particular order): Two Cutters, a PDT, a Sigma Chi and a Beta.
Womens top 5: A Teter, a Pi Phi, two DGs and an AGD.
Have at it, just over 2 weeks until race day. The long-taper has already began!
Mar 27, 2011
Next up on the Midwest Collegiate schedule: Marian (Saturday) and Purdue (Sunday)
As a biased author, I would encourage all who can make it to come to Purdue so we can show them who the better university in Indiana is.
Mar 25, 2011
Thanks to the wonders of twitter, I am going to try my best to cover the entire event on Saturday and will be tweeting updates at @erikhamilton Follow me if you would like to stay informed. Also, feel free to reply if you have a specific team that I may miss that you want updates on. I will try my best to accomodate.
I'm sure my fellow BVN writers will have something to contribute after the event but I'd like to solicit ANYONE to send me an email with a sentence that highlights your favorite part of the day. It could be involved with your team or with something that other people might not have noticed, sporting or 'human-interest'. I will then post them all on Monday. I will leave them 'Anon' if you wish. Quals has SOOO many interesting sub-stories (see 2010, 2009) that it's really nice to know about them!
Mar 23, 2011
About 20 riders, including 3 Women, met at the Sample Gates tonight at 6pm for the 2nd edition of the Wednesday Worlds. Today’s course would take us through Hindustan to the MM State Forest then down Beanblossom to finish on Anderson after two 14 mile circuits. There was a steady, strong wind out of the West and South today that was picking up in intensity once the ride got underway. The ride was neutral through Hindustan and many of us knew that after that would be our Waterloo. We rode tempo to this point but once we crested onto the false flats of that hellish section the desperation of the moment washed over us like a bad dream. Rose, Shei, Hamilton, Atwell, Shanahan forced the issue and split the peleton into four groups just before the pitch into the Forest proper. Pilling, Saccone, Stuart, Palmer, Preske, Ibold, Paul Levy and Josh from Nebo formed the initial second group. Just behind was Urbanski, Arvin, Gleason, Cobb, Fredrickson and Em Palmer. From this point forward, you’ll have to rely on the posts of the leaders, as my world was getting dark, but I can tell you that a painful religion came quickly to us in the second group as we tried to keep the leaders in our sights. Once we sorted out our roles in the chase we began to chip away at the lead, but we would ultimately run out of real estate and desire as we came around the Forest climbs for the second lap. At the bottom of Beanblossom our group began to shed layers as Palmer, Stuart and Pilling kept the pressure on with Saccone, and Preske and Levy struggling to hang on. In the final kilometer Palmer took the long leadout role and launched Pilling with Stuart in tow. A quick acceleration from Pilling at the 200m mark was all he needed to win the field sprint with the young Stuart finishing with the same time. As for the leaders, well, I can only guess!
Route: Forest Loop (Down Bean Blossom) http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united-states/in/bloomington/759623400370
Finish on Anderson, no primes/prizes besides bragging rights
1 Lap this week (sunset is around 8pm)
Mar 22, 2011
79 teams in total but difficult to know exactly how many guys/gals teams because of the mysterious team names. Clearly my insight is waning given my distance so hopefully others can provide better info. However it's always fun to guess the sex of the unusually named new teams. Are these dynasties in the making?
The Alan Parsons Project- Male, the PDT wrecking crew, beware if they make the race!
Team Dark Horse- Male?
Corean Legstrong- Female?
Phi Kappa Psi- Female?
Mar 19, 2011
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Mar 18, 2011
Everyone pulls through at the start and as the pace picks up people sit on or get dropped. It's highly organized and whilst sitting in is fine, not pulling through correctly ilicits a strong negative response from the group! Therefore attacks are few but the pace is always high. This course has 4 tight corners and is therefore just like racing a crit.
In my first hard effort of the year I was pleased to contribute for the first 20mins before needing to sit on, singularly focusing on the flashing lights ahead of me. Each corner was taking a toll but I was hanging on when i suddenly noticed the remaining (strong) girl was also beginning to struggle. Therefore I had a new focus and was sure to chop her in as many corners as I could before she was dropped! Joking....kinda....
After sitting on for 20mins I decided to pull through again, immediately realizing that was a poor idea and in short order I was spat out the back.
I was chatting to an Irishman on the ride home who turned into a maniac as we got into heavy traffic! Of course I followed, weaving between cars in the dark....got to follow the wheel right? I hope to survive another week!
Interestingly there are far more helmetless riders in the groups here in the UK. Maybe Americans aren't so dumb after all, keep those lids on!!
- Thursday BBC ride report 75 degrees at 5:30 start with a stiff wind from the South West. 21 riders participating on the “Traditional Thursday Ride Route”. Shortened the route due to available sunlight by cutting off Popcorn and heading in Old 37. Nice group fast tempo or slower if you wanted. There were at least a few riders for every level. Regrouped three times all riders present. All riders are welcome on these rides it’s a good way to learn some new routes if your new to Bloomington.
Mar 16, 2011
The first edition of the 2011 Wednesday Worlds went off as scheduled tonight leaving 530 from the Sample Gates. Over 30 riders stranded here in Bloomington on Spring Break participated including 5 women. Tonight the stakes were raised with a midway prime of Scholars Inn Bakehouse Granola on the 3rd lap and a $20 gift certificate to the Scholars Inn at the finish! We hit the line with a steady breeze heading out of the south west and temperatures in the 50s. We were single file within seconds and a series of attacks set the stage for a spirited training race. Ryan Shanahan and Ren Jay Shei (Scholars Inn) tried their luck with a series of forays off the front as did strongman Tom Cox (Aldefer Bergen) and Andy Messer (DRT). With an otherwise uneventful two done and 4 to go, and average speeds in the mid 24s, we were joined by Erik Hamilton and Fred Rose (jumping in as they arrived late from a day at the office) pulling the field for over 2 laps, catching the hapless Shei and Shanahan, but not until after Ryan nipped Ren Jay at the line for the midway granola prime! With one to go and average speeds adding pressure to an already stretched elastic and average speed inching closer to 25mph, a series of windups up the 446 cols turned out to be fruitless. Graham Dewart flatted just as he was moving up fast on the inside. Erik and Fred relinquished their lead as they had no intention on determining the days sprint. We made the corner at the top of 446 and charged to the line with about 15 riders on the lead lap remaining. Saccone lead out to about 250m and then got out of the way of the bigger engines as Cox, Shei, Shanahan, Messer, etal played their desperate cards for the victory! When the dust settled, it was Shei with the W at the line, nipping a fast moving Cox in the exciting finale!
Next week: Forest Loop down Bean Blossom. Leaving the Sample gates at 6:00pm. The finish line is freshly painted on Anderson as are the 100m and 200m markers.
Mar 15, 2011
Hope to see you all there!
Mar 14, 2011
' Madness abounds!!! GP, Seriously with this list??? Ok, if it is about Little 5 then it is about RACE DAY. On RACE DAY Issac Neff was abysmal (As is BKB most years, BIGGEST WASTE OF TALENT IN LITTLE 5 HISTORY) and needed “Pepto-Abysmal” in 2008 (REMOVE HIM!) Next, Matt Davis???? (Bad race day rider) Really? After Hans took out 2/3rds of the field, someone had to win and someone had to finish 2nd (2005 should be thrown out all together as a performance resume stuffer.) Which leads to Leukens, again the beneficiary of a series of events, but left to his own resolve, again a terrible race day rider, That's "TEHRR-BLE!" (REMOVE HIM!)
GREATNESS IS ABOUT DOING WHAT NO ONE PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT COULD BE DONE! THIS IS ABOUT THE THINGS YOUR EYES JUST SAW (RACE DAY) THAT YOUR MIND TOLD YOU WAS IMPOSSIBLE!
So here is the THE LIST:
Young has gotten it done more than
Hans and I am sure he will this year too! Though his burnouts are still kinda weak!
Putting Hans at #2.
Add @ #3: Simeon Commisiong, Like Todd said: It’s about the race day wow factor. Been around many a race don’t ever remember a race where so many teams were worried about 1 guy being on the last lap. He was SICK fast! How fast? In 03 AND 04, He got on the bike with TMT ½ down in turn 1, and the leaders in turn 3, By the time the leaders were back at at turn 3 (40 lap!!!), .....He was with them. Do the math! You will never see that again in your lifetime. He did it twice.
Move VARGO up. The flashpoint for the current wave of Cutters success, deserves his due. Speed and endurance on race day with the sack to sprint against anyone.
Add @ #4: Ali Camara, the statement that he didn’t have a long career is erroneous he raced from 2005-2008. Again someone has to win every race but I would have never though a L5 Rider could ride 66 laps out of the gate??? Insanity! (Wanna be on my list, 66+ from the jump gets you in as an automatic!)
Land Great Leader and setup man
Grant was a Beast! If he were eligible on this list for more than 1 year, he would be top 3
Clayton Best “Wingman” over this period.
Add @ #10 Kenny Parks again you will never see someone with that combination of speed and endurance , especially at that size in your life. 3 Incredible race day performances. Riding 130 laps in 2009 and sprinting for the win in 2009 and 2007.
GREATNESS IS ABOUT DOING WHAT NO ONE PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT COULD BE DONE! THIS IS ABOUT THE THINGS YOUR EYES JUST SAW (RACE DAY) THAT YOUR MIND TOLD YOU WAS IMPOSSIBLE!
That’s the word.
Starting a petition to have Leukens, Davis, and Neff removed. “ ….Someone go wake up Kiel”
Mar 11, 2011
Current Course Record: 20:38 by Ryan Shanahan
This is the first post in a series of updates on past Little 500 riders and what they are up to now. Kurt Gensheimer, a Little 500 Hall of Fame Member, rode for Acacia (97’-99’), and went on to coach the team as well. During his time as a Little 5er, he won and set the record for ITT’s. His record held until Hans broke it in 2005. He was also the President of Indiana University Cycling Club.
Check out what Kurt is up to now:
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Mar 10, 2011
Is your team looking to kick off Spring Break with a bang? Join your fellow female Little 5ers this weekend Saturday, March 12th, at 1 p.m. for a friendly practice race on Little 500 bikes. We will be out on Knightridge Road (map below). The loop is almost 4 miles and we will be doing 3 laps. The weather is supposed to be nice, so come celebrate spring with your friends and get a little bit of racing in, too!
1. Meet at the Sample Gates at 12:30pm and we’ll all ride out together
2. Meet us out at the intersection of Knightridge and 446 at 1pm
If there is a large turnout, we’ll split into an A heat and a B heat. Please email me (email@example.com) if you are coming (preferably by noon on Friday), so we have an estimate of how many to expect. Hope to see you out there this Saturday!
Mar 9, 2011
Little5 ring for sale
Most likely it's a Cutter ring as they have Kroger bags full of them sitting around at Papa Kirkhams place. Hell, why not cash in on one of them?
I'd ask the Frats to form an orderly line at the pawn shop door...;)
I have an extra bike and I am going to pay it forward--- If any cyclist in Bloomington wants a free bike, let me know. I am giving away my 63cm steel 1985 Guerciotti with year 2000 Campy Record 10 speed components. It does not include pedals but is otherwise in good working order and is suitable for a rider between 6'2" and 6'7" who weighs under 200 lbs. I will give preference to Little 500 riders who are riding for teams that have a budget of under $1,000. The requirements are that you have to agree to store the bike inside, that you will not sell it, and that you will ride the shit out of it. (Of course you can give it away to someone else when you are done with it.)
This is an awesome bike and I want to give it to someone who needs it and will use it.
Please add a comment to this post if you are interested.
Mar 7, 2011
We had a pretty good turnout last week at our "early" Wednesday Worlds, so let's plan on doing the same thing.
Unfortunately I cannot attend, but those who show up I'd advise a neutral rollout and begin the action once you're out of town. Course to be decided by those attending. Weather looks bad, but hopefully still ride-able.
Mar 6, 2011
Mar 4, 2011
Wednesday Worlds 2011
March 16th 446 circuit http://www.mapmyride.com/route/us/in/bloomington/754321442832
March 23rd Forest Loop (down BB)
March 30th 446 Circuit
April 6th Paragon Loop (out Bottom Road)
April 13th 446 circuit
April 20th Forest-North Shore- South Shore
April 27th Forest Loop (down BB)
May 4th 446 circuit
May 11th Paragon-Buskirk Loop (out old 37) http://www.mapmyride.com/route/us/in/bloomington/506125242119714483
May 18th Low Gap- Mahalasville loop http://www.mapmyride.com/route/us/in/bloomington/356259478426
May 25th 446 circuit
June 1st Take the Lake (out Harrell to Fairfax)
June 8th Forest Loop (up BB)
June 15th 446 circuit
June 22nd Paragon Loop (out Bottom Road)
June 29th Forest-North Shore- South Shore
July 6th Low Gap- Mahalasville loop
July 13th 446 circuit
July 20th Paragon-Buskirk Loop (out old 37)
July 27th Take the Lake (out Harrell to Fairfax)
August 3rd 446 circuit
August 10th Forest Loop (down BB)
August 17th Forest-North Shore- South Shore
August 24th 446 circuit
August 31st Take the Lake (out Harrell to Fairfax)
Sept 7th Paragon-Buskirk Loop (out old 37)
Sept 14th 446 circuit
Sept 21st Forest Loop (up BB)
Sept 28th 446 circuit