Course Updates and Pre-Reg Info for Cardinal Cup

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It’s that time of the week! We’re into the single digits of the countdown and we’re dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s.

Course Changes

If you’ve ever raced at Ft. Duffield during the Kentucky Points Series races, get ready, because we’ve changed up the cross country course. It’s a shorter loop now, and it travels around the periphery of the fort, meaning the essence of the course is still there, just without the rocky, rooty downhill sections that will be part of the downhill course. Because the laps are shorter, you’ll do more of them, which is more fun. It’s still challenging and has everything you’ve imagined when we say “Ft. Duffield.”

The Downhill Course is cleaaan! The lips on jumps have been retouched for maximum radness, the wall ride has been hammered clean, and the berms reinvigorated. It should make for fast, pinned back racing that rewards riders that can blend power, fitness, and skill perfectly.

Registration!

Closes on Midnight on Wednesday Aug 30th! Get in there before the prices rise.

Gather the troops and register at UofLcycling.com/CardinalCup.

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Journal: Why the Cardinal Cup is Different

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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.

 

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

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.

Journal: Kelsey takes on Storm Eva Bandman as a Tomato

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Sunday, October 23rd, 8:10 AM. I slip my lights on, snap my helmet, chug the last of the water in my glass, grab my backpack, and head out the door. Today is a great day for cyclocross.

My sleepy muscles start to loosen up as I pedal the 6 chilly miles towards the river. I’m feeling both excited and nervous for the race because I haven’t ridden or raced cross in a month but I’m pumped to have the opportunity to do it again. I roll up through the greenway, and here we are: Eva Bandman. After registering and finding my teammates, we make our way to the start for a pre-ride, and well, let’s just say I realized that I hadn’t done anything technical in a year. But hey, technical courses are what most excite me about cross, so this should be all the more fun.

9:53 AM. I’m chilling at the start, admiring people’s costumes. This is Storm Eva, so folks are encouraged to dress up. Oh, I’m a tomato by the way. I roll up to the grid, adrenaline pumping. I think this is one of the larger women’s fields I’ve competed with – we have more than 3 rows.

10:01 AM. We’re off! I’ve had a bad habit recently of taking the hole shot and then not being able to sustain my own pace, so I’m glad that I managed to be somewhere around 7th in the field after my start. The first part of the course was pretty wide and grassy but soon came around the bend to a sharp hill, and I got caught behind a crash on the first lap. I’ll stop giving you the blow by blow and just leave a few highlights:

  •  THAT SAND PIT. I felt like I spent a solid 5 minutes every time drudging through the sand. Next time I’m at a beach, I’m going for a run.
  • Every time on a grassy straight, I could hear my tomato leaf flapping on my helmet
  • I ran up both of the longer steep hills, but there weren’t many Cat 4s riding up them anyways
  • A Cat 5 man crashed before the first of those hills a couple laps in
  • That quick remount after the boulder staircase was tricky
  • I passed somebody on that first grassy section as the UofL peeps were cheering which was fun
  • And shout out to everyone who cheered for me: Abner, Jacob, Alex, and whoever else was cheering at the UofL team tent; Rachel Langdon; and whoever was at the VO2 Multisport tent

When I crossed the finish line, I didn’t know where I’d placed, but I was pretty happy with my race. I could’ve done another lap or even two, which is good because I’m usually very much dead and out of breath, so now I know that I can give a little more next time.

I wanted to do well to represent not only UofL Cycling, but also women in cycling in general. As (currently) the only woman on the cycling team, I feel obligated to perform even better to make up for every girl who’s not on our team.

Anyways, the rest of the day consisted of hanging out with my wonderful teammates, selling Heine Bros coffee for the team, cheering people on, celebrating Jacob’s birthday (!!!), missing my podium and then taking a solo pic (thank you, Scheller’s, for the bike light), seeing a skeleton with a helmet on in someone’s passenger seat, and scheming for the Cardinal Crit (stay tuned!).

All in all, Storm Eva was a blast and made me feel less guilty about not being able to prioritize cycling because I was able to just enjoy being present and participating in my favorite sport – cyclocross.

On to the Derby City Cup this weekend!

-Kelsey

Journal: Volunteering at Road Nationals

By Abner Miralda

I’ll go ahead and let the cat out of the bag. The USA Cycling Amateur Road Nationals were in Louisville this past weekend! I think it might have been the best kept secret of the year!

In all seriousness, despite the less-than-expected spectator attendance and lacking media coverage, the event was a smashing success with world-class athletes and amenities.

What the Louisville Sports Commission does is absolutely admirable. Their thin staff put in thousands of hours in planning, doing the intricate “white collar” work first and then showed up on raceday with work gloves ready to do all the heavy lifting.

I have to thank Troy Killian, the Event Planner at the Sports Commission, for getting us involved. The experience exposed us to the operation of a world-class event, which is invaluable given our desire to make the Cardinal Criterium a staple of the local race season.

I think our team left an indelible mark on the event. We collectively volunteered about 65 hours. We did it all, ranging from set up to tear down, held bikes at the TT, course marshalled and even drove the officials’ follow cars during races. I even had the distinct honor of zooming through Cherokee Park at 50 mph with Mayor Greg Fischer in the back seat!

It’s pretty amazing that this weekend put us over 220 hours of community service for 2016, a mark that many on-campus organizations don’t match.

Maybe next year our involvement will be a little greater and I hope more people come out to support it!

 

Blog: King finishes 2nd at the Louisville Short Track Finale

UofL graduate student Ben King finished in 2nd place in the Men’s A race at the Louisville Short Track finale at Waverly Park on Saturday.

King excelled throughout the series, taking a  win in the Single Speed category and earning two podiums in the Men’s A onboard a single speed mountain bike.

Here is what King had to say about the race:

Parcours were tight and twisty compared to previous short track weeks. I was skeptical after hearing comments from other racers but was pleasantly surprised when I got on course myself. I was able to slide the back wheel around and maintain speed through the tight corners. And I really liked how they rerouted the exit from the “jump” which allowed you to carry more speed, and achieve total SS flow.

My 2nd place was a little surprising. I don’t think I’ve ever beaten Slo (Anthony Slowinsky- VO2 Multisport) before. In the previous race, I was able to catch his wheel after being stuck in traffic for a while but couldn’t stay with him.

This time I didn’t get caught back in traffic. On lap 2 I saw an opening and went for it going into the twisty section. I got a gap and held it to the finish!

It’s a career-best short track result for me. I’m focusing more on road this summer and short track is probably the only mtb racing I’ll be doing until fall. Last year I tried doing a lot of mtb over the summer, right after a busy collegiate road season. It was too hectic switching back and forth and I got a little burnt out.

It was great doing short track on my no-fuss singlespeed. The good results are a bonus and they have me excited for CX and mtb in the fall.

King finished in 4th place overall in the Series while teammate John Francisco finished 6th. Rikus Van Zyl finished 12th overall in the Men’s B.

Short Track is a mountain bike race format in which riders compete for a designated time amount along a short-distance, completely rideable, off-road course. For more info on the Louisville Short track series go to louisvilleshorttrack.com.

Photo by Drew Dillman.

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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