Weather Update for #CardinalCrit

The leadership of the Student Cycling Coalition has kept a close eye on the weather for this weekend’s Cardinal Criterium. USA Cycling, Louisville Metro Parks, conference officials and the IN/KY Cycling Association have all concluded the weather will not affect the Cardinal Criterium on March 11 and 12.

Weather reports have changed nearly hourly, but as the weekend draws nearer, the forecast continues to predict progressively safer temperatures and a lower chance of precipitation. At the time of writing, the National Weather Service reported a 30% chance of precipitation.

Registration for the Cardinal Criterium is open and can be found at UofLcycling.com/CardinalCrit. It closes at Midnight on Wednesday.

5 Reasons Why You Should be at the #CardinalCrit

At face value, the #CardinalCrit is just a bike race, but if you look deeper, you’ll find much much more. 

Here’s why you should either race or show to support at the Cardinal Criterium on March 11 & 12.

The First Race of the Season

It’s the kickoff. The opener. The big one. Chances are, the Cardinal Crit is the first road race anyone in Louisville has done in 2017 which means there are always fireworks. Dark horses can win, favorites crumble and it’s all done in the name of improvement. A win here is no small feat– it can be a harbinger for future success, but losing here isn’t as disappointing as it is in the summer. 

The Who’s Who of Louisville

This race has changed names over the years, but two things have remained constant: the weekend of the event and the course. It’s a community staple and everyone knows it. That’s why the fields are so big and the community comes out to be a part of it. You’ll see all the local teams: Team Louisville, Texas Roadhouse, Clarksville Schwinn and VO2 Multisport among others. Be here and you’ll get connected. 

Bike Bling

Did we mention it’s the first race of the year? This means riders are rolling out with brand new bikes, sponsors, kits and rosters. It’s so cool to see and be seen with all the glitz and glamour of new Lycra. GCN needs to stop by and do bike checks. 

Fun Atmosphere 

The #CardinalCrit isn’t quite the #SSCXWC’s but it’s a fun mixture of young and experienced cyclists. The regional reach is big, so you meet lots of folks. Oh, and did we mention the playlist received the most Kudo’s out of any race I was at in 2016? Get ready for another fire mixtape.

$15 double-ups

Was one race not enough? Did you win? Or just training for the summer? We’re not going to break your bank. We understand you’re working toward peak fitness and want to help you. That’s why we offer $15 re-entries– as long as there’s room for you in the next race. 

Convinced? Pre-register for the Cardinal Crit at UofLcycling.com/CardinalCrit

What’s better in 2017: #CardinalCrit

“If you don’t evolve, you die,” is the quote every successful operation lives by. 

Although the Cardinal Crit moved pretty smoothly in 2016 there’s a few things we’re looking to improve. Here’s what’s better: 

Schedule:

Last year was pretty wacky. We wanted to offer the best possible schedule for collegiate riders, which meant putting Juniors and Cat 3/4 at the end of the day. 

This year we went back to a more traditional schedule, moving from lowest to highest categories through the day, allowing those faster racers to do another race. 

But what about the Juniors? The faster, older juniors can get even more races under their belts if they want– race Domestics on Sat, Juniors on Sunday, showcasing their abilities to the college teams in town. Younger racers will race the safer Shawnee course in plain daylight as opposed to last year, when they completed their races at Long Run Park in the twilight. 

Same as last year: $15 Junior entries, $15 entry for each additional race (savings of $20!) 

Circuits: 

The addition of Collegiate Races on Sunday at Shawnee Park add value and diversity to visiting college racers’ experience in Louisville, the cultural capital of Kentucky. Can you say “Y’all”?

 Same as last year: Long Run Park Circuit 

Officiating

There were a few hiccups last year with results coming out slowly. This year we’ve added a fourth official to help ensure the accuracy and speed of results tabulation. 

Same as last year: Beloved local officials Bev, Chris and Matt will be back!

Amenities

Last year we  got a few complaints about water, portable toilets, and the food vendor choice. 

Here’s how we’re setting it right: 

  1. The Louisville Water Company’s Pure Tap will be on hand with FREE drinking water for all! Not only does this keep plastic bottles out of the environment, but it promotes our lovely city while saving everyone money.
  2. We’ve doubled the amount of portable toilets for Long Run Park. And we’ll put them somewhere isolated… You guys know why.
  3. Fried chicken clearly didn’t do it for a few people last year, and in an effort to keep the European vibes going we’ve contacted a Crêperie! You know, those thin little pancakes stuffed with your favorite meats, sweets and fruits? If you’re not following, think of it as a European taco. 

 Same as last year: locally brewed Heine Bros Coffee will be on tap and local products will be for sale.

Bib numbers:

Last year the Cat 4/5 and the Cat 1/2/3 races were so popular we literally ran out of bibs and registrations. The circuits are wide, smooth and safe, so we’ve ensured this won’t happen again. 

Be sure to pre-register given entries are filling up… you may just never know what might happen! 

Pre-register here: uoflcycling.com/CardinalCrit

Why women’s racing matters: The new Collegiate C Women field at the Cardinal Criterium

USA Cycling reported in its 2013 member survey that only 15% of its membership is female. 

That’s an alarming figure. 

The first thing that comes to mind is: why? 

Bike racing can be a fun, social atmosphere. It pushes individuals to new experiences and places. It ‘s also an excellent way to meet kind, friendly people. 

But we all start somewhere, and I know I’d be lying if I said bike racing didn’t make me nervous at first. 

What ultimately did it for me was that I could enter a bike race where I knew the competition wouldn’t drown me, didn’t break the bank and would be a fun, judgement-free atmosphere. Collegiate cycling was that doorway.

An issue the MWCCC and other promoters have faced in the past is that entry numbers for beginner women’s racing doesn’t make an impact on the bottom line. Five to ten entries don’t make a whole lot of business sense, but this thinking ignores the human side of bike racing. 

That thinking lumps beginners into racing they’re not ready for and their experience can lead to disillusionment and an early exit from this sport we’ve all worked so hard to cultivate. 

I’m glad Matt Jones and the MWCCC decided to collectively approach the issue of beginner retention and added the standalone Women’s Collegiate C category. It proves that we’re in for the long haul of developing women’s cycling. 

It provides beginner women everything they need to succeed: similarly skilled individuals, collegiate comradery and the opportunity to aspire to higher categories that won’t pit them against professional racers.–I don’t mean that as a dig against the successful programs in our conference, but I’m pointing out the gulf in experience and skill our conference is looking to bridge. 

Women’s racing is equality, it’s diversity and even if it doesn’t make money now, it doesn’t mean it won’t in the future. The Cardinal Crit, being the first race of the season, will be the first ever MWCCC race to provide a dedicated Women’s C field. It continues our tradition of being innovative, entrepreneurial, and fulfills our ultimate mission to “promote all forms of cycling by racing, advocating and educating.” 

Learn more about the Cardinal Criterium at UofLcycling.com/CardinalCrit

2017 Cardinal Criterium Registration Now Open

The 2017 Cardinal Criterium course and schedules have been altered, eliminating all domestic categories on Sunday, March 12th and moving the remaining collegiate races to Shawnee Park. The venue at Long Run Park remains unchanged. Additionally, the online registration is now open and will close at Midnight on Wednesday, March 8. 

Following a series of funding setbacks with the Belknap Campus venue, the Student Cycling Coalition’s leadership opted to cancel the day’s adult domestic races, preserving only the Collegiate and Junior events and moving them to Shawnee Park.

“Our main goal is to promote collegiate cycling,” said president John Francisco. “That’s why we are scaling back our intentions for domestic races on Sunday.”

Shawnee Park hosted the 2016 Amateur Road National Championship Criterium and the Louisville Bicycle Club’s Shawnee Park Circuit Race in June of 2016. The collegiate categories’ venue change to Shawnee will not affect either event’s participation numbers.

“We hope someday we’ll be able to host a bike race on the Belknap Campus, but right now we’re thankful we have such a great parks system in this city.”

The remaining schedules for both venues only change slightly with the addition of the new Women’s Collegiate Category C and a renewed emphasis on a more traditional race schedule.

Registration and the updated flyer can be accessed at UofLcycling.com/CardinalCrit.

This post has been updated. The original post incorrectly listed the end of pre-registration.

A “Day On” for MLK Day

Louisville Cycling and Triathlon does more than just ride bikes.  We are dedicated not only to creating a bigger and better cycling community, but also to giving back to the Louisville community as a whole.

Several of our members spent their day off from classes as a day in memory of Martin Luther King Jr. and all that he stood for as part of UofL’s 8th Annual MLK Day of Service.

Team members Kelsey Voit, Jacob Holtgrewe, and Alison Mundell worked with the Shelby Park Neighborhood Association to pick up trash around the neighborhood.  They worked with several dedicated community members to tidy up the streets, with neighbors joining in to help and passersby thanking the group for their service.  

“It was really cool,” said Kelsey, “to see neighbors coming out of their homes to lend a hand or give us an extra trash bag.  We even saw next door neighbors make new connections through this day of service.”  

The work performed today by our team members, the Shelby Park Neighborhood Association, and all of the UofL students who participated in the event no doubt contributed to the creation of a stronger, more unified Louisville community.  What better way to commemorate Dr. King’s life work than through these positive impacts on our community?

UofL Cycling kit for sale!

You’ve probably seen other UofL jerseys at bike shops or online. Hideous white and red UofL bike jerseys. The material is more offensive to the touch than to the eye- itchy, thick and hot.

When we started our organization in 2013, we were given two options: buy those horrible jerseys and look amateur, or jump through the flaming hoops of litigation to make our own professional-quality attire. We chose the latter and since then, our racers have competed in national championships throughout the country in our very own designs.

In 2017 we’re stoked to share our kit with you at an attainable price. When you buy, you’ll help our club become stronger and more financially stable.

For the spring, we are offering two products:

  1. Road jersey – $95 + Free Shipping
  2. Triathlon front-zip suit -$180 + Free Shipping

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The products will be available for pre-order effective immediately until Saturday, January 14th, 2017.

Because the products are custom ordered, refunds will not be available. Shipment will arrive the first week of March 2017. 

You can purchase products securely through our Facebook page.

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Francisco Elected President, SCC Election Results 

The student members of the Student Cycling Coalition cast their ballots on Nov. 30 to elect the organization’s student leaders for the 2017 calendar year. Headlining the results is the selection of engineering student John Francisco as president.

Francisco brings years of experience to the leadership of the Student Cycling Coalition. A three year member of the organization, he has experienced and contributed to the growth of the organization. He has extensive knowledge of the cycling industry both from a retail and experience standpoint, having worked with the SCC’s partner bicycle shop VO2 Multisport and his racing in national and international events as a junior.

“I am looking forward to the challenge of leading the team,” said Francisco. “I will work to continue to grow and improve it.”

The former president, Jacob Holtgrewe, was elected to the recruitment position. During his tenure as president in 2016 the team grew it’s non-racing activity extensively and developed a strong mountain bike program.

Studio art student Nick Reader was retained as Triathlon Coordinator and will be joined by pre-med/biology student Chris Nupp as co-coordinator.

After organizing the mountain bike team to its best-ever season, Kalem Fetters will take the reigns as the Cycling Coordinator.

Elijah Eisert, a political science major, was elected secretary of the organization. He will manage both internal and external communication of the organization.

Engineering student Greg Lewis was elected controller and will manage the budget of the Student Cycling Coalition.

The uniform and merchandise coordinator will be Charlie Hamilton.

The new officers will begin their terms on January 1st, 2017.

Get your own UofL Cycling & Triathlon kit!

 

During the month of June you can purchase our official UofL Cycling & Triathlon race-day attire. Our friends at Hincapie Sportswear outdid themselves by producing our beautiful, clean look of red and black and it can finally be yours.

Items for sale & prices

  • Road Jersey $100
  • Bib Shorts $120
  • BMX Jersey $60
  • Triathlon One-Piece, Front Zip $160
  • Lightweight Wind Shell $75
  • Arm Warmers $40
  • Leg Warmers $60

Support your Louisville Cardinals out on the road with our high-quality clothing. The order closes on June 30th. 

About the process:

  • Ordering window June 2-June 30
  • Payment window July 1- July 4
  • Shipping $8
  • Membership Fee $10

To protect our student-operated club from any actions by the U of L Athletics Department and the Collegiate Licensing Company, you must become a community member of the Student Cycling Coalition. Payment can be made at moment of purchase. Go Cards!

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One week away, Cardinal Criterium changes venue

 

Race Flyer

The race venue for the Cardinal Criterium on March 12 will change to Long Run Park in the east end.

“It’s unfortunate that we had to make the change so late,” said event coordinator Abner Miralda. “Sometimes things come up that are completely out of your control.”

The March 12 opening ceremonies of the Speed Art Museum were a major factor in the decision. The museum is located three blocks away from the major intersection of 3rd Street and Eastern Parkway, a crucial part of the Cardinal Criterium course.

The race course would have shut down two of the three main access roads to the museum. Despite being fully authorized by Louisville Metro Police and the University of Louisville Police Department, the late decision came down to the use of parking lots located inside the course. The Speed Museum contracted with UofL Parking to use the lots for its patrons, putting in danger the safety of the participants of the Cardinal Criterium.

The 30-hour long ribbon-cutting ceremonies of the museum are planned to attract over 25,000 people and will include visits from Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and the Governor of Kentucky, Matt Bevin. The museum renovation took four years and cost over $50 million dollars.

“The safety of our athletes and goodwill of our sport is paramount,” said Miralda. He cited that a road shutdown of that magnitude near a major event like the J.B. Speed Art Museum’s “30 Hours of Speed” would become a divisive issue among the entire community, pitting cyclists against non-cyclists. “We’re trying to grow the sport of cycling, and holding the Speed Museum hostage would be detrimental to our image.” He then added, “We did everything we could to coexist but in the end it didn’t work out.”

Long Run Park has been secured to serve as the venue of the Cardinal Criterium for 2016.

The 1.7 mile course will run counter-clockwise. The event schedule will not change. Parking will be adjacent to the course on Long Run Park Road.

“We hope to see the Cardinal Criterium on the Belknap Campus in 2017 regardless of the outcome this year,” said Miralda. “We will never give up on our mission to grow the sport of cycling and hosting prominent events is an excellent way to do that.”

To see the updated event flyer and register for the event, please visit UofLcycling.com/CardCrit

Any comments or concerns should be directed to UofLcycling@gmail.com