US Criterium Champion Celebration
by Aaron Pilling
Bloomington has always been a hotbed of American cycling. The Little 500, coupled with the accessibility to beautiful terrain from anywhere in town, has established Bloomington as a unique cycling community. As a consequence, Bloomington has also enjoyed a long legacy of talented and successful bike racers. Graduating in 1986, Little 500 produced 1992 Track Team Pursuit Olympian Jim Pollak. Around the same time, Ben Sharp was breaking in his Little 500 legs, preparing himself for eight National Champion titles in varying disciplines throughout the 90s.
More recently, Bloomington has produced a massive list of elite, national caliber bike racers, men and women alike. Pro riders Mike Sherer and Eric Young are both in the beginnings of successful pro careers. Perhaps equally as talented are elite locals Erik Hamilton, Ryan Knapp, and Jonathan Atwell. The talent in Bloomington is so deep that masters riders like Fred Rose and Ryan Shanahan are forces to respect and admire. While these riders, and all local cyclists bring diverse talents to the sport, they also share an inherent and communal love for Bloomington cycling.
Two weeks ago, we saw Eric Young firmly establish himself as a powerhouse in pro cycling. The Criterium National Championship is arguably the most prestigious one-day race in America. While his compelling Stars and Stripes victory and fast-track ascent to pro glory don't downplay the accomplishments of past and present Bloomington cyclists, it does underscore the talent that Bloomington engenders. Eric Young has made us all Citius, Altius, Fortius! And for this, we shall have a PARTY!!!
Come join us on Wednesday, August 31st to celebrate a National Champion! The party will be located in the upstairs room at the Scholars Inn restaurant, beginning at 8:30pm. All are welcome to attend and Eric will be there. Drink specials will include $3 beers and half priced martinis.
In as much as this is a celebration for Eric to honor his personal accomplishment, it is also a celebration for all Bloomington cyclists. In as much as Eric has made us all stronger cyclists, we have also collectively made him stronger. Come join us for a night of fun, celebration, and honor. Contact me firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions, and I hope to see you there!!
Aug 27, 2011
Aug 26, 2011
Aug 25, 2011
- The worst crash I've ever seen, going 70k/h I was in the wheel of @kaarvesen when a child ran on the road and he couldn't avoid him.
- I narrowly escaped and thought they were both dead. I was in shock, could not peddel anymore and started crying.
- I thought, so now the race stops or what? Incredibly, both Kurt and the kid are more or less ok. Thank god.
I did wonder what that looked like.... wonder no more...Ouch!
Below is the collegiate cyclocross schedule. This year, some of the events will be part of existing non-collegiate races which are noted below. Since this is a season of racing, participation will be required in order to compete at nationals.
November 6 - Lindenwood (Bubba Cross)
November 12 - UW-Madison (WCA Cyclccross)
November 13 - Ripon
November 19 - Marian/Purdue (Indiana CX) - Regionals
November 20 - Ball State
Aug 24, 2011
Nicely ridden final lap by Bissell.
Can anyone offer insight into why Brad Huff got a little hot at the end. He seemed to be the one chopping Eric with 2 corners to go. I assume he was complaining in the tird person as he likes to do.. 'Brad Huff is not happy...'
Nice ride and maybe even better interview! Saying all the right things, very PRO!
Aug 20, 2011
Brief results from www.cyclingnews.com
|1||Eric Young (Bissell)|
|2||Brad Huff (Jelly Belly p/b Kenda)|
|3||Jake Keough (UnitedHealthCare)|
|4||Isaac Howe (Kenda/5-hour Energy)|
|5||Alex Candelario (Kelly Benefit Strategies/OptumHealth)|
Aug 15, 2011
Aug 12, 2011
Aug 11, 2011
Aug 9, 2011
Full Results below:
|16||Dave Shirley||27.59||21.44||Single Speed|
Aug 8, 2011
Aug 7, 2011
From Fred Rose-
Cross season is coming and I got the fever for more cowbell!
Starting Wed, Aug 17, Bloomington's Wednesday Cross Worlds begins for the 2011 season. Those wanting to hone their CX skills for the upcoming season will be meeting at Sample Gates at 6:00pm. From there we will ride to the cross course. There will be some new features for this year. Unlike previous seasons where we rode almost exclusively at the Tailgate Fields, this year we hope to mix things up by rotating through various course sites. Sites will include, Karst Farm, Twin Lakes, Tailgate Fields, (possibly other sites around campus).
The first few Wednesdays we'll concentrate on skills training: barrier dismounts, cornering etc.. After a couple of weeks of that we'll start working our way into some training races after a suitable warm up period. Races will be 45minutes long and we plan on continuing WCXW into October (or we run out of daylight!).
Thanks for organizing this Fred!
Aug 4, 2011
Entry for multiple races a great deal so double up and take some extra $$ home with you! Come out and support some local Indiana racing.
Racing for Riley p/b Alderfer Bergen
Aug 2, 2011