Indianapolis, IN. On Sunday November 26, team vice-president, Abner Miralda, and outreach officer, Josh Goodman, traveled to Indianapolis to race in the first official race event for University of Louisville Cycling. The Ohio Valley Cyclocross (OVCX) race proved to be an excellent testing ground for what is to come from the team. The race was hosted by the Marian University Cycling Team at the Indianapolis Cycloplex, a venue that seats the only velodrome in the state of Indiana, the Major Taylor Velodrome which will host the 2014 Collegiate Track National Championships.
With temperatures in the teens, the morning races proved to be a difficult challenge for the day’s racers. The difficult course featured a half-frozen winding section in the prairie, and a tough run up and muddy, windy descent on the hill next to the velodrome. In only their first and second cyclocross races, both Abner and Josh had plenty of issues to deal with. The pair raced in the Collegiate Men’s C category which was combined with the Men’s Category 4/5 race at 10:30 a.m. A race reserved for inexperienced/beginning racers.
Struggling early in the race, Abner suffered a rear wheel mechanical in only the third turn of the race, forcing him to fall behind the pack and chase for much of the race. Nearing the end of the first lap, Josh showed his lack of cyclocross experience when on the back side of the frozen hill had his wheel slip on loose rocks, sending him off the course and off his bicycle, injuring both his right hand and leg.
Despite the early and major setbacks, both riders persevered and pushed through to the end of the 30-minute race. Abner clawed his way through the field of 59 entrants up to a finish of 36th overall and 1st in Collegiate C, while Josh held on to finish the race in 40th ahead of the only other Collegiate C rider, Nicholas Hartman, a member of the Indiana University Cycling team.
Another UofL student, Owen Stone, raced against Abner and Josh for VO2 Multisport and finished in 12th overall, good for 1st place in Category 5.
Congratulations to all the riders that participated!
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