As I drove Comm. Car 2 around Cherokee Park at 45 mph during the USA Cycling Amateur Road National Championships, I got to talk with the official in the passenger’s seat. I told him that while I was in college I had been a part of a collegiate club and currently volunteer my time as a race director for the UofL team. The official responded with, “I LOVE collegiate cycling!”
He went on to explain, “It’s because even though someone may be lapped and totally out of contention, they keep on racing as hard as they can. They don’t quit. It’s because they aren’t racing for themselves, they’re racing for their team. And even if they finish last in their race, they may have earned points for their team, and that’s all that matters.”
That’s a life lesson in itself, but I’ll spare you its depth– the Cardinal Cup copies the Collegiate model of Team Racing and applies it to non-collegiate racers. It’s all for the team, and we want to ensure that community, camaraderie, and teamwork remains intact and provides an experience we haven’t been a part of for years in the Ohio River Valley.
The Cardinal Cup rewards deep teams. Those that have a collection of beginners, intermediate, and advanced riders. The variety of events in the Cardinal Cup will result in people trying out new disciplines they otherwise wouldn’t go out of their way to do.
We hope that this model of racing will result in more fun, strategic, and passionate racing from top to bottom. If this first run is successful, we’d love to have you along the ride for many more years to come and help make cycling a more inclusive sport for all levels.
View the flyer with team rules and register for the Cardinal Cup at UofLcycling.com/CardinalCup.