The Cardinal Omnium is a bigger, better version of the Cardinal Criterium of the past two years. It first started out as a one-day collegiate and domestic race in 2016. The next year it expanded to two days, and this year, the plans are more ambitious than ever before. Here’s what’s different about this year’s Cardinal Omnium.
1. The Format
Previously, this had only been an omnium for the collegiate cyclists of the Mid-West Collegiate Cycling Conference. This year we’ve expanded domestic racing to the full two days of racing, and we’ll be crowning overall champions in all categories.
2. The Venues
For the past two years, the Cardinal Crit was held at Long Run Park. This year, we’ve ditched the ‘ol Long Run Park and jumped over to Southern Indiana on Saturday for a full-feature Time Trial and Road Race setup at the wildly popular Joe Huber Family Farm and Restaurant. On Sunday, we pile on the hills again and bring you to Iroquois Park in the south-side of Louisville to do a circuit race around one of Louisville’s Frederick Law Olmstead-designed parks.
3. The Sponsoring Teams
This event, being as ambitious as it is, cannot be promoted solely by the University of Louisville’s Student Cycling Coalition otherwise known as UofL Cycling. This year we’ve added Team Louisville Junior Cycling, a brand new team, to the mix to help fulfill both teams’ missions to develop young cyclists in the Louisville area.
4. Chip Timing
An event that keeps on growing like ours needs to turn a corner eventually. With the complex scoring of an Omnium looming, we added chip timing to our event offerings to ensure this event’s results are calculated without a hitch. It’s our pledge to you that we’re looking out for you!
5. USA Cycling Race Safe Clinic
USA Cycling continues to push the envelope of what’s possible to help develop young and beginning riders alike. Kurt Schaldebrand, a licensed USA Cycling coach who also happens to be the driving force behind the University of Michigan cycling club’s meteoric rise in enrollment and racing success, has put together a FREE skills clinic on Sunday at Iroquois Park! Be sure to swing by and brush up those handling and pack-riding skills before your race!
The Cardinal Omnium is sure to be a firecracker this year. Bring a your bike, a friend to cheer you on, and a lawn chair because you won’t want to miss any of it.